Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett (UK)

Public Procurement / PPP / Public Sector Management


Field of specialisation

Public procurement; public-private partnerships and privatisation; public service delivery management; public financial management; European economic and monetary union.

Professional experience

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.

He is currently 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 (TEN-T Agency), Committee of the Regions, IMF, UN Economic Commission for Europe, UNCITRAL, World Bank and national/sub-national governments (including national/sub-national PPP units, service providers, lenders and professional advisers).

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 the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee hearings on the EU public procurement regime (2006), pre-commercial procurement (2008) and the Concessions Directive (2012). In 2011 he contributed written submissions to consultations by DG Internal Market (public procurement reform) and DG ECFIN (Europe 2020 Project Bond initiative) and follow up meetings.

He has published widely on public procurement and PPP. His latest books are “Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures – A practical guide (2nd edition)”, published by EIPA in October 2015 (with Martin Oder), “Competitive Dialogue – A practical guide” published by EIPA in January 2010 (with Martin Oder) and “PPP – A decision maker’s guide”, published by EIPA in September 2007.

He was also a Theme Leader in EIPA’s European Public Sector Awards (EPSA) in 2009 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 and is Project Manager for EPSA 2019. He was contributing author to “EPSA Trends in Practice – Driving Public Sector Excellence to Shape Europe for 2020” (EIPA 2011) “Public Management in the Twenty-first Century – Trends, Ideas and Practices”, (Universitetsforlaget Norway 2013) and (with A Heichlinger) to “Taking the pulse of public administrations”, (EIPA 2009). He was co-editor and a contributing author of “Weathering the Storm: Creative EPSA Solutions in a Time of Crisis “(EIPA 2013) and “The Public Sector as a Partner for a Better Society” (EIPA 2015), was an Expert Adviser to the European Cities Economic and Financial Governance Group (2014-2015) and currently also leads EIPA activities in budgeting and public financial management.



Burnett, M., Bosse, J.,  Rongione C.  and Scholtens, H. (eds.) (2017), An Innovative Public Sector in 2017. New Solutions to Complex Challenges, EIPA 2017, 98 pp.

Burnett, M., Bosse, J.,  Møller Nielsen, S., Rongione C.  and Scholtens, H. (eds.) (2015), The Public Sector as Partner for a Better Society, EIPA 2015/02, 126 pp.

Burnett, M. (with Oder, M) (2015), ‘Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures – A practical guide’ (EIPA). This book is exclusively available by attending the Masterclass.

Burnett, M., Bosse, J., Heichlinger, A., Rongione, C. and Scholtens, H. (eds.) (2013), Weathering the Storm: Creative EPSA Solutions in a Time of Crisis, EIPA 2013/02, 114 pp.

Burnett, M. (with Oder, M) (2009) ‘Competitive Dialogue – A Practical Guide’ (EIPA)

Burnett, M. (2007), ‘Public-Private Partnerships – A Decision-Maker’s Guide” (EIPA)

Book chapter

Burnett, M., Malterud, T. (2015) ‘Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate’ in Busch, T., Johansen, E., Klaudi Klausen, K., Murdock, A.,  Vanebo, J. O., Heichlinger, A. (eds.) Public Management in the Twenty-first Century – Trends, Ideas and Practices, pp. 99-106 (Norway : Universitetsforlaget) pp.99-106

Burnett, M. (2011) ‘Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate‘ in Heichlinger, A (ed.) EPSA Trends in Practice: Driving Public Sector Excellence to Shape Europe for 2020, EIPA pp.19-38

Burnett, M., Heichlinger, A. (2009) ‘New Forms of Partnership Working’ in Pröhl, M and Heichlinger, A (eds.) Taking the Pulse of European Public Administrations – Key Findings of the European Public Sector Award 2009, EIPA pp.67-90


Burnett, M. (2015) ‘The new rules for Competitive Dialogue and the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation in Directive 2014/24/EU – What might they mean for PPP?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 10:2 pp.62-71

Burnett M. (2014) ‘The new European Directive on the award of Concession Contracts – Promoting value for money in PPP contracts?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 9:2 pp.86-103

Burnett, M. (2013) ‘PPP contract management – Still in need of more attention?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 8:3 pp.216-229

Burnett, M. (2012) ‘The current PFI reform in the United Kingdom – How should it be measured?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 7:2 pp.118-128

Burnett, M. (2011) ‘PPP and EU public procurement reform – Time to change the rules for Competitive Dialogue?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 6:2 pp.55-64

Burnett, M. (2010) ‘Developing a complexity test for the use of Competitive Dialogue for PPP contracts’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 5:4 pp.215-223

Burnett, M. (2009) ‘Conducting Competitive Dialogue for PPP projects – towards an optimal approach?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 4:4 pp.192-200

Burnett, M. (2009) ‘Using Competitive Dialogue in EU public procurement – early trends and future developments‘, EIPAScope, 2009/2 pp.17-23

Burnett, M. (2008) ‘A new EU Directive on concessions – the right approach for PPP?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 3:3 pp.107-115

Burnett, M. (2008) “PPP – Riscos, desafios e oportunidades”, Interface Administração Pública, No.149 pp.24-29

Burnett, M. (2008) ‘PPP during the contract execution phase – a need for greater certainty in Community law?’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 3:2 pp.51-57

Burnett, M. (2008) ‘Dix ans de PFI au Royaume Uni’, No. 81, Partie III, Retours d’expériences à l’étranger

Burnett, M. (2007) ‘Development of public procurement system: training experience in FYR Macedonia’, Public Administration (Lithuanian Public Administration Training Association) No. 1-2 (13-14) pp.49-54

Burnett, M. (2007) ‘The application of public procurement law to Institutional PPP (IPPP) – some practical considerations’, European Procurement and PPP Law Review, 2:3 pp.129-134

Burnett, M. (2007) ‘La Colaboración Público-Privada (CPP) en los Servicios Públicos locales. Una perspectiva desde la experiencia europea’, Revista de estudios locales, 2007 Extra 1 pp.59-72

Burnett, M. (2006) ‘Considérations sur l’utilité des partenariats public-privé (PPP) pour améliorer le fonctionnement et l’efficacité des directives sur les marchés publics’, EIPAScope, 2006/1 pp.29-33

Burnett, M. (2005) ‘Beyond the new Public Procurement Directive – the future for Public Private Partnerships‘, EIPAScope, 2005/3 pp.21-25