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Dr Henry Midgley

Assistant Professor in Accounting

Assistant Professor in Accounting in the Business School


Dr Henry Midgley is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting Department at Durham University. He arrived at Durham after spending thirteen years at the National Audit Office, the UK’s Supreme Audit Institution, where he qualified as an accountant. He was an author of several value for money inquiries including work focussed on equity returns to PFI contracts, the regulation of charities, the troubled families payment by results scheme, contract management in the Ministry of Justice and Home Office and more general papers on principles to manage Provider Failure and Payment by Results delivery models. Whilst at the NAO, from 2015 to 2018, he went on secondment to the House of Commons. He worked for the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee as the committee’s main advisor on several different inquiries. These included inquiries into the collapse of the outsourcer Carillion, fundraising in the charity sector, the process of public appointments and the role of Government accounts in promoting democracy within the UK.

Dr Midgley earned his PhD from Cambridge University in 2008, with a thesis which focussed on notions of Parliamentary accountability and democracy in the 17th century. He has an undergraduate degree in History from Oxford University. He has published on diverse topics including quantification in education policy in the 19th century, the role of accountability in the 17th century, the history of the UK’s select committee system and the constitutional role of financial scrutiny in the UK’s political system. He is a member of the Executive of the Study of Parliament Group, where he edits the Group’s newsletter.


Dr Henry Midgley is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting Department at Durham University. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University in history and an ACA and has worked within Parliament and the National Audit Office. His research and teaching concentrates on accountability, audit and accounting with a particular focus on the public sector.

Research interests

  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Financial Scrutiny
  • Public Sector Accounting and Audit
  • Accounting History


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