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Mike Driver

Head of the Government Finance Function and Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Justice (Confirmed)

I joined the Department of Health & Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent my first 6 years in the Civil Service delivering services to customers.  I then moved into regional management and thereafter fulfilled a range of policy and finance roles.  I am a CIPFA qualified accountant, and have held a variety of FD roles, both corporate and operational. I was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Department for Work & Pensions in 2012. From 1st April 2016, I was appointed the CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and on 1st June 2017 also became the Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where I am driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes. In addition to my core roles, I have a range of additional responsibilities.  Within the MoJ, I am the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. Across Government, I am a member of the Commercial Function Oversight Board and a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connect Limited.  To drive forward the finance profession, I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Council.

  • The developing role of the public finance practitioner and the place for technology in the vision for the function
  • Creating a generation of leaders and leveraging the expertise of a well-equipped finance function to increase the role of finance in decision making
  • Building a foundation of standards and going back to basics so to best prepare for a highly specialised profession
  • Working with partners across cyber and fraud functions to identify and collaboratively mitigate risks through emerging technologies and practices