Michael Hayle was formerly a business CEO with experience in both public and private sectors, in manufacturing, support operations, and outsourcing. In the private sector he has managed aviation, engineering, IT, and consumer goods businesses and was chief executive of a consortium that was selected to deliver the government’s largest ever outsourcing public-private partnership. In the public sector he was the chief executive and accounting officer for a government agency and a non-executive director within another government department. He is a chartered engineer, with an engineering degree from Cambridge, and an MBA from Manchester.
Michael’s research explores the accountability of UK senior civil servants involved with major public projects. His doctoral thesis ‘Experiencing accountability: The impact of the Osmotherly Rules on the Senior Responsible Owners of major public projects’ considered how public managers make sense of the multiplicity of their accountability relationships, their interaction with parliamentary committees, and what impact this has on their management of the projects. The focus is on those largest, most innovative, and highest risk projects that form part of the £400 billion investment within the UK Government Major Projects Portfolio.