Gary Flanagan, Ruth Kelly and Kay Pate

Gary Flanagan, Deputy director for assurance and systems learning, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Gary started his career teaching before moving into Local Authority Advisory work where he worked across several Midlands LAs delivering many projects ranging from teaching and learning through funding and leadership to capital investment. It was in 2008, as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF) where Gary made the transition from local to national work as an education director and latterly programme director.

Prior to joining IPA, Gary worked on large scale delivery and transformation programmes in senior programme and portfolio roles. These have included education transformation, large scale capital surveys and departmental change and reorganisation. His work with IPA (and MPA) on GMPP level projects extends back to 2014/5 where he worked on the 30 Hours Childcare Project. Most recently he has worked in the field of technical education reform ensuring the timely
delivery of the T Levels programme as part of the TER portfolio.

With over a decade working on major projects, Gary is increasingly interested in improving programme success through the targeted use of effective data, flexible planning, resourcing and effective risk and assurance activity.




Ruth Kelly, Chief analyst, National Audit Office

Ruth is chief analyst at the NAO and has wide experience of applying economics and other analytical approaches to support policy evaluation, investment decisions and risk management. Prior to joining the NAO, she held business evaluation and risk management roles for a global resources company, and advised clients on carbon and energy issues for a big 4 economic consultancy practice.



Kay Pate, Deputy head project & programme management function, HM Treasury: Government Internal Audit Agency

As an experienced head of a PPM specialism and former head of internal audit, I have a wealth of experience in developing new services; leading and embedding change; building relationships and collaborating with delivery partners and senior stakeholders; and creating high performing teams.

Focusing on quality and adding value and insight, I have a background in leading and delivering major projects and programmes. 

Presentation Synopsis - Data driven assurance

Testing the hypothesis that: Capturing and analysing key delivery data will help to determine the adequacy of a Programme’s control environment.

Triangulation of data will surface the strategic issues impacting programme delivery. Data analysis will determine the root cause of systemic issues and enable recommendations to be directed accordingly.

Will it create a holistic view?

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