ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

United Kingdom

Ofsted

Name: Barny Todd

Barny Todd

Job Title: Divisional Manager, Finance

Sector/Business Area: Public Sector/Central Government

Size in country: Ofsted directly employs over 1,400 people across England

Organisation details: Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. We inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on our website.

The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services we inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carers, adult learners and employers benefit.

With the current unprecedented financial pressures being put upon central government and the public sector, Ofsted needs to take action to ensure that an efficient and cost effective service continues to be delivered. Embedding strong financial management is a vital part of this. "The need for professionally qualified, highly skilled and financially literate leaders within the organisation is more important than ever," says Barny Todd, divisional manager - finance. "ACCA plays a key role in supporting and developing the skills of our financial professionals."

When recruiting finance professionals, Ofsted looks at a range of factors going beyond technical competence. "We expect finance professionals to demonstrate a range of non-technical skills for example collaborative and team working, leadership and communication skills," explains Todd. "This also includes displaying the behaviours and values expected of those working within the public sector and civil service such as diversity and equality."

Once recruited, ACCA plays an important part in developing the capability of Ofsted finance professionals. "By ensuring a sound knowledge in all areas of accountancy, including both financial and management accounting skills, they support the development of a multi-skilled and flexible workforce," says Todd. "The personal support offered by ACCA at an organisational level as well as to individual members of staff is of particular value."

Ofsted's high-quality services and reputation depend on the performance of their experienced, skilled and professional employees. Todd concludes: "Ofsted's approach to our people is based on developing skilled and motivated staff members who take pride in their work, find new ways of working and take responsibility for their actions. We are committed to the learning and development of all our staff in order to improve our performance and so make more of a difference for the children and learners on whose behalf we work."