Iain Mansfield is Head of Public Sector at ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants. He is responsible for designing and delivering ACCA’s public sector strategy through its worldwide network of country offices.
Prior to April 2018, Iain was a senior civil servant. He was the principal official at the Department for Education responsible for the design of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and also worked on a range of other topics in higher education, including the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), quality assurance, and student choice. He was part of the team that carried out the 2013 Triennial Review of the Research Councils and, in an early career role, served as Private Secretary to the Director General for Science and Innovation.
Iain has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where he held a variety of roles in international trade, competition and consumer policy. In 2014 he was the winner of the Institute for Economic Affairs’ £100,000 ‘Brexit’ prize, awarded for the best policy blueprint for the UK should it leave the EU. He is the author of the fantasy novel Imperial Visions, writes regularly for Conservative Home and is a Contributing Editor at Wonkhe, the HE policy site.