Date of release: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Amyas MorseThe respective merits of the public and private sectors will come under the scrutiny of the Auditor General during the university’s next Big Picture seminar.

Amyas Morse, Comptroller & Auditor General, and the Chairman of the National Audit Office, will be speaking at the free event on Thursday 14 November.

The talk will compare the impact of ‘austerity’ on the public sector to the reality of the ‘profit motive’, and the need to create shareholder value, in the private sector. It will also consider how an increasing scarcity of resources in the public sector has required decision makers to make difficult choices about how they use public funds, and to seek better information on which to base those decisions.

Amyas Morse was appointed Comptroller & Auditor General in June 2009. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, he previously held positions at Coopers & Lybrand and was Global Managing Partner (Operations) at PwC. He joined the Ministry of Defence in 2006 as the Defence Commercial Director.

The seminar, Public Sector – Austerity as ‘Virtual Reality’, takes place between 5pm and 7pm at the Greenwich Campus.

Run by the university’s Business School, the Big Picture seminars are hosted by high-profile speakers and cover a range of topics from entrepreneurship, leadership and management to financial forecasting, the economic climate and the media.

All are welcome to attend, including staff, students and the general public. Events are popular and registration in advance is essential.

To register for a place, or to find out about other seminars coming up in the autumn, see:

For those who cannot attend, all the seminars will be podcast, with details at the above site.

To find out more about studying business with the university, see:, email or call 020 8331 9000.

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