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The Origins of Treasury Control lecture by Visiting Professor Sir Nicholas Macpherson

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury will be giving a talk on ‘The Origins of Treasury Control’ in the New Year. He is speaking as part of the 91st Mile End Group meeting, hosted at HM Treasury, on Wednesday 16 January 2013.

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Sir Nicholas Macpherson
Sir Nicholas Macpherson

A senior civil servant for over 20 years, Sir Nicholas was appointed Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London in September 2012. The post is held jointly between the Mile End Group – the university’s forum for political debate - and the School of Economics and Finance.

Sir Nicholas joined the civil service in 1985 after working as an economist, and has been Permanent Secretary to the Treasury since 2005. He managed the Budget and Public Finance Directorate in the British Civil Service, where he was responsible for tax policy and the budget process, between 2004 and 2005.

Among his previous Treasury positions, Sir Nicholas was Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997, during which time he oversaw the transition from Kenneth Clarke to Gordon Brown as Chancellor.

Tickets for the talk, which takes place at HM Treasury, Westminster, are free, but spaces are limited so to reserve your place please email

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