Catherine Little

Country: United Kingdom

Catherine Little became a member of IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Committee in January 2020, nominated by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA).

Catherine Little was appointed Director General Finance at the Ministry of Defence in September 2017. Prior to being appointed, Cat was Director of Group Finance at the Ministry of Justice, and oversaw all strategic financial planning, financial reporting, and financial management for the departmental group.

Cat is a qualified accountant, starting her career at PwC where she spent 11 years in both assurance and advisory roles, dedicated to Government and Public Sector Services.  In April 2014, she took up the role of Director of Finance & Digital at the Legal Aid Agency until moving to the Group Finance role at Justice.

As DG Finance, Cat is the primary adviser to Ministers, the Permanent Secretary and the Defence Board on the MOD’s financial position, and financial management generally.  She sits as a member on the Defence Board and Chairs the sub-Committee for Investment Approvals (IAC).  Cat is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the Spending Review and oversees the commercial, finance, analytical, risk and assurance functions within Defence.  Cat currently holds the position of Departmental Race Champion.

Outside of Defence, Cat Chairs the Government Finance Function’s People Committee and was appointed as a co-opted member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (CIPFA) Council in May 2019.

Cat is a keen cyclist, is married and lives in Kent.

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