Michael Burnett


Michael Burnett

Public Sector Audit Expert, Member of Solihull Borough Council Audit Committee

Professional experience

For more than 15 years, Michael Burnett has been directing EIPA’s international training programmes in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for European public officials addressing PPP-related legal, commercial and operational issues, including using EU Structural and Investment Funds, via EIPA’s European PPP Forum, which he founded as a community of practice for PPP issues. He has worked with key actors such as DG Growth, DG REGIO, DG MOVE, DG ECFIN, European Parliament, European Investment Bank, European Court of Justice, Trans European Networks for Transport Agency, Committee of the Regions, IMF, UN Economic Commission for Europe, UNCITRAL, World Bank and national/sub-national governments. He was also a Theme Leader in all of EIPA’s European Public Sector Awards (EPSA) editions and he was Project Manager for EPSA 2019. Michael is still working for EIPA as an external expert and advisor to EPSA.

Michael Burnett, a UK Chartered Accountant, was educated at Warwick University (United Kingdom) and Amherst College, (Massachusetts, United States of America). A former Assistant Director in KPMG UK’s Government Services Division, he is a UK Chartered Accountant, member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He has more than 20 years public sector management experience, working in 27 European countries and as adviser to the European Commission/national/sub-national governments.

His experience also includes:

More than 15 years practical experience of PPP/public procurement across Europe, including managing procurements for local/central government and the EU, working for a service provider to the public sector, procurement training for procurement officers/auditors and expert adviser to state auditors on EU procurement issues.
As seconded expert (e-business projects) to DG Enterprise (European Commission).
Three years as head of a UK government health sector training agency (public-private sector joint venture).

He was a member of the European Commission’s Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement from 2012 to 2018 and has also been a member of the Editorial Board of the European PPP Law Review since 2007. He advised MEPs during the revision of EU Public Procurement Directives (2000-2004) and has been an expert witness in European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee public procurement hearings.

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