‘Productivity is my favourite subject’: HMT’s Cat Little on finding better ways to use people’s time

The head of the government finance function and second permanent secretary to the Treasury looks back at the year, and sets out her running goal for 2024
Little hopes to set a 10km personal best. Photo: Adobe Stock

By CSW staff

13 Dec 2023


Tell us three words that sum up your 2023...    

Resilience, tenacity, productivity. 

...And why you chose those words   

Resilience – I am constantly working at it both professionally and personally.  

Tenacity – so many things need patience and constant attention to achieve sustainable outcomes. Having a plan and sticking to it has been fundamental to how we have driven efficiency and transformation in government finance especially. 

Productivity – my favourite subject. Much of the year has been about driving forward productivity across the public sector, finding innovative ways to deliver more and better outcomes through tech, data, AI and better use of our talented people’s time and energy. 

What are your organisational and personal priorities for 2024?   

Next year’s priorities for HMT and government finance: 

  • developing our new Future of Finance strategy for 2030 with teams across government. Big themes will be: new skills, new ways of harnessing data and tech, and making the most of delivering with other functions in multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Public sector productivity and reform. 
  • Maintaining a relentless focus on spending money well to deliver better outcomes for citizens. 

On a personal note, I am determined to get a 10km PB… 

  What’s your favourite festive treat, and what makes you say: "Bah, humbug"?      

So many festive treats and I think we deserve them all. I am a big fan of mini mince pies, stollen and pigs in blankets. I don’t understand why these aren’t more readily available in vast quantities all year round. 

Running out of festive treats and having to wear a paper hat tend to lead to a bah humbug. 

This is part of CSW's annual perm secs roundup. Read all the entries to the 2023 roundup here

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