Michael Hayle

Michael Hayle

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Accountability, Public Administration, Bureaucracy, Governance

About me

Thesis: 'Major Public Projects and the Promise of Executive Accountability'

This research explores the accountability of UK senior civil servants involved with major public projects. It considers how Project Directors and Senior Responsible Owners make sense of the multiplicity of possible accountability relationships and what impact this has on their management of the projects. The current focus is on those largest, most innovative, and highest risk projects that form part of the £400 billion investment within the UK Government Major Projects Portfolio.

The research is part of the Cabinet Office ‘Project X’ research activity, which is being coordinated by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Michael Hayle (MA MBA CEng FRAeS FIMechE FCIM FIoD MIET) is a retired CEO with experience in both public and private sectors, in diverse environments across manufacturing, support operations, and outsourcing. In the public sector he has been the chief executive and accounting officer for a government agency as well as a non-executive director with part of the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the private sector he has managed aviation, engineering, IT, and consumer goods businesses and was chief executive of a consortium that was selected to deliver the government’s largest ever outsourcing public-private partnership. He is a chartered engineer, with an engineering degree from Cambridge, a business degree from Manchester Business School and is a fellow or member of a variety of engineering, marketing and management institutions.


Research interests

  • Accountability
  • Public Administration and Bureaucracy
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Project Management


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