Dr Sally Howes
Executive Leader: Digital and Innovation, National Audit Office
Sally's career began in Logica Space and Defence Systems, developing real time systems. She left to start-up a technology consultancy (SME) business with two colleagues, which undertook a mix of policy, strategy, software and hardware development for major international clients in the space, defence, broadcasting and communications sectors.
In addition to consulting, Sally was initially Commercial Director and then became Managing Director. After 12 years, she moved on to become the Director General of the Society of British Aerospace Companies (now ADS). During 4 years leading this national trade association she delivered a fast paced business transformation programme, was responsible for Farnborough Air Shows in 2004 and 2006 and represented the UK aerospace and defence industry with Government.
She worked for 2 years in MOD as Director Commercial Services and then joined NAO in April 2010, initially as Director ICT and Systems Analysis. Her role in the NAO is to provide leadership and direction to the NAO’s work for Parliament evaluating how well major IT projects and associated business change programmes are implemented to deliver value for money. She became Executive Leader: Digital and Innovation (and a member of the Leadership Team) in May 2013.