Public Services and Public Finances After Coronavirus
Professor of Management, Queen Margaret University and Webinar Chair
Professor Richard Kerley is currently Professor of Management with a specific interest in public service management.. He was previously at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre, University of Strathclyde . He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale University. Before entering academic life, Richard worked in advertising, hospitality and in prison education. He also worked for four different councils, in adult education and then latterly in staff and management development. He is currently also a Non Executive Director and chairs the board of The Audience Business (a not for profit audience development organisation); is a director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy; Newbattle Abbey College: and the Edinburgh Mela.
Richard is the author of various books, research papers, academic journals and numerous articles in the quality print media. His most recent publications include a book chapter on performance in public services and journal papers on the management of urban car parking and Outcome Agreements in local government. Richard chaired the Scottish Executive Working Party on Renewing Local Democracy; the report of which was published in July 2000 and which was legislated for in June 2004 as the Local Governance Act. He has carried out research projects supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council, Alcohol Scotland, The Accounts Commission Scotland, Tayside, Edinburgh and Fife Councils, the Association of MBAs and the Scottish Government. He has been engaged in consultancy projects by government; local governments; government agencies; voluntary organisations and trading companies in property development; retail and the law.
Chief Economist, ACCA
Michael leads ACCA's policy view in matters pertaining to economic analysis. He is interested in a range of areas such as macroeconomic policy, political economy and industrial strategy. His experience covers diverse areas, such as econometric analysis, construction of lead indicators and policy formulation.
Michael has worked in numerous roles as an economist, including as an adviser to the UK government, at three city institutions, at a policy think tank and at the Institute of Directors, where he was chief economist. He holds a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Head of Public Sector Policy, ACCA
Alex Metcalfe is the head of public sector policy in the Professional Insights team at ACCA. He leads on developing thought leadership for the public sector and represents ACCA at a variety of events and senior forums.
He has worked across central, provincial and local government in the UK and Canadian civil service, including as a senior economist - specialising in tax policy - at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He has published material across a breadth of public sector topics, including: infrastructure finance, employment law, fiscal policy, immigration and skills, and adult social care.
Alex is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), board member of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants’ (CAPA) public sector committee, and on the editorial board for the academic book series Public Service Accounting and Accountability.
He studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Queen's universities.
Senior Manager - Performance Audit & Best Value, Audit Scotland
Richard is a Senior Manager at Audit Scotland, leading a programme of work relating to the Scottish Exchequer and new financial powers. His work covers fiscal devolution and the Scottish budget, as well as areas such as wellbeing and outcomes-based budgeting. He has led recent audit work on Covid-19 and the implications for public finances. Richard has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy since 2009. He began his career in financial audit with the Audit Commission and Grant Thornton UK LLP in England, before moving to Edinburgh to focus on performance audit. He has worked with a wide range of public sector organisations across health, local government, police and central government sectors.
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I spend a good proportion of my time talking about innovation, and it's essential there's innovation across all of our public services. One Public Sector Expo is a good illustration of the way we can bring together some thinking about the challenges for public services with practical solutions on display around the Expo.