Tony Whitehead

Deputy Director
@ Major Projects Authority

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  • Bio

Tony heads the Personal Tax & Welfare Cluster for the Major Projects Authority (MPA), Cabinet Office, providing strategic oversight and assurance over a range of major projects within DWP (eg Universal Credit) and HMRC (eg Tax Free Childcare). Prior to joining MPA, Tony acted as Programme Director for two ‘turnaround’ programmes, a behavioural change initiative in Cabinet Office and a real estate refurbishment plan for Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Before then, Tony spent four years at Treasury Holdings Ltd, the international private owners/developers of the high profile Battersea Power Station site in central London. Recognised by planning authorities as the key to unlocking the whole development, Tony personally led and directed, from inception, all the design, appraisal, public consultation and related Transport & Works Act Order preparation work for the proposed £1bn London Underground Northern Line extension to Battersea. This scheme is now on HM Treasury’s ‘National Infrastructure Plan – Top 40’ list for priority delivery.

Previously, on behalf of the Office of First Minister, Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Northern Ireland, Tony spent five years in Belfast as Strategic Adviser with the Strategic Investment Board (SIB), promoting private involvement in the delivery of public infrastructure. Tony acted as Project Sponsor for the £30m Invest NI HQ PPP accommodation project (delivering one of the fastest completed procurements of its type) and, in a high profile role, was Project Director leading all the masterplanning and project development plans for the economic regeneration of the politically sensitive 360 acre ex-Maze Long Kesh Prison site.

Before Northern Ireland, Tony spent 12 years as a Management Consultant within the Real Estate & Programme Management Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specialising in economic appraisal and project management of major capital projects, particularly in property and urban regeneration. Tony’s key PwC clients included Scottish Office and English Partnerships.   In 1997, Tony was seconded to the Policy Unit within the HM Treasury Taskforce set up to reinvigorate PFI/PPP.

Prior to joining PwC, Tony was Senior Economist in Economic Directorate of Confederation of British Industry (CBI), covering regional trends, Budget policy and private finance for infrastructure.

  • My Previous Events

  • Project and Programme Management: Delivering Quality Outcomes

    • 25-06-2014
    • 08:30 - 17:00
    • The Principal Hotel, Manchester