Director of Resources

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Mr Charlie Pate

The Director of Resources (D Res) is Air Command’s Senior Finance Officer and Air Force Board member responsible for the £6Bn annual operating and equipment budget, including personal approval of projects up to £400M. D Res is the Permanent Secretary’s representative at Air Command, ensuring propriety and protecting the Accounting Officer’s position. D Res is also Air’s Civilian Workforce advisor, representing the 5,000 Civil servants at the Board, and leads the Finance, Planning and Civilian Workforce teams of c200 staff.


Mr Charlie Pate was appointed Director of Resources for the Royal Air Force in 2015.

He held various posts in the Department for Social Security before joining HM Treasury in 2001 to work on pensioner benefits. He was promoted in this post, delivering measures in several Budgets, before moving to the Public Services Group in HM Treasury.

As Head of Local Government Performance, he worked across Whitehall departments and with local authorities to develop Local Area Agreements, pooling budgets and aligning them with new performance indicators.

Following London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Charlie headed HM Treasury’s early engagement with the programme, notably leading the development of the revised £9.3bn budget and funding package and ensuring strengthened governance arrangements.

In 2008, Charlie spent a year as the Treasury’s lead on Crossrail, working with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to assess the programme and strengthen delivery arrangements.

Following the Games, Charlie returned to HM Treasury in 2012 as head of the Home and Legal Spending Team, overseeing £20bn of budgets across the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Crown Prosecution Service. Charlie led negotiation of the 2013 Spending Round, securing substantial savings in each department for 2015-16. He led his team’s engagement in several substantial reform programmes, including probation, courts and border operations and oversaw preparations for the 2015 Spending Review.

Career history

1999 - Durham University

Charlie Pate graduated with BA(Hons) in History.

1999 – Joined the Civil Service

Fast Stream graduate scheme

2005 – Head of Olympics, HM Treasury

He developed a revised 2012 Olympics public sector budget and negotiated multi-party £9.3bn funding package.

2009 – Promoted to Senior Civil Service

2009 – Head of HM Treasury Home & Legal Spending Team

Oversight of £20bn of budgets at Home Office, Ministry of Justice & CPS.

2015 – Appointed Director of Resources


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