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Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick Business School

A qualified accountant, Dr Vaughan-Dick has worked at a senior level in the public and voluntary sectors, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the university's Business School.

Civil Service and how it is adapting to cuts in the public sector was the subject that Dr Vaughan-Dick discussed at the university's Big Picture Seminar.

At the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Vaughan-Dick key responsibilities include finance, HR, ICT, estates and facilities, programme office, business planning and procurement.

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick was previously working on a Cross-Whitehall Finance Transformation Programme. She was also the Group Director of Finance and Estates for the Department for Transport (DfT). The Department has a £14 billion budget and 87,000 property holdings.

Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office in the 1980s where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services and Local Government, Environment and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Director in a Non-Departmental Public Body and in a London Council, and a Chief Executive of a housing association and therefore has worked on financial and strategic management issues in different public and voluntary sector organisations. She has worked on a number of Private Finance Initiatives and Public Private Partnership Projects and was an Executive with the Public Private Partnership Programme (4Ps). A major challenge in all these posts has been the ability for Valerie to provide effective leadership during periods of major organisational or cultural change.

In 2008, she was awarded the Government Finance Profession 'Personality of the Year' award for excellence in financial management.

Watch our video to find out what Dr Vaughan-Dick thinks of the Greenwich Employability Passport.

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Executive Director of Planning and Resources, Royal College of General Practitioners