Public finance leaders receive New Year honours

3 Jan 17

The new years honours list once again brought recognition to a wide range of leading lights in the public sector, including the permanent secretary of the Department for International Development.

Mark Lowcock, a CIPFA qualified accountant who has held the top job at DFID since 2011, was knighted. Meanwhile, another CIPFA member, Chris Austin, who leads DFID’s work in Afghanistan, received a CBE.

Other senior public sector figures to be knighted included David Behan, chief executive of the health and care watchdog the Care Quality Commission and David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

In local government, there were CBEs for Kim Bromley-Derry, chief executive of the London borough of Newham, and Andrew Christie, formerly director of children’s services at the tri-borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

Jack Straw, lately the chief executive of the City and County of Swansea received the OBE.

Council leaders honoured included Bob Sleigh, leader of Solihull and chair of the West Midlands combined authority, who was made an OBE. David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council and a vice chair of the Local Government Association, and Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, both received CBEs. Jane Martin, the local government ombudsman, also received a CBE.

In central government, Paul Rowsell, deputy director for democracy at the Department for Communities and Local Goverment, and a CIPFA member, received the CBE.

Toby Eccles, the social investment pioneer who was last year recognised as a Public Finance trailblazer, was honoured with an OBE.

The full list of New Year honours can be viewed here.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and

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