PracticeAuditHead of government accounts to retire

Head of government accounts to retire

Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, head of the Government Accountancy Service and managing director of the Treasury Financial Management, Reporting and Audit Directorate, will retire in the New Year after ten years in the post.

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Paying tribute to Sir Andrew, chancellor Gordon Brown said: ‘Andrew Likierman has made an outstanding contribution to improving financial management in government over the course of a decade.’

Announcing Sir Andrew’s retirement, Treasury permanent secretary Gus O’Donnell said:

‘Sir Andrew Likierman has been an outstanding public servant and a wonderful colleague.

‘He has led successfully the development and implementation of the best practice accounting standards in government through the resource accounting and budgeting project. This marked the most extensive modernisation of the public finances in more than a century.

‘The improvement in financial management within government over the last decade is due in no small part to Sir Andrew’s drive and determination. I wish him every success as he pursues his distinguished academic career in the future.’

Sir Andrew’s successor will be selected by open competition. Details of the vacancy for the renamed post of head of financial management in government are currently being advertised.

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