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Natalie Abraham

Chief Operating Officer
C.Co
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Peninah Achieng-Kindberg

Senior Finance Business Partner – Electronic Monitoring, Reducing Reoffending, Partnerships and Accommodation
MOJ Finance – Directorate of Finance Business Partnering
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Iona Bain

Journalist, broadcaster and blogger
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Phil Beaumont

Master Principal Consultant
Oracle
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Deborah Beck

Head of HR System Transformation
Norfolk County Council
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Alix Bedford

Risk Proposition Manager
Zurich Municipal
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Sandeep Bhakar

Knight Frank
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Martin Booth

Executive Director of Finance
Glasgow City Council
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Victoria Bradshaw

Chief Officer – Financial Services
Leeds City Council
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Louise Branford-White

Link Group
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Abi Brown

Council Leader
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
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Andrew Burns

Associate Director
CIPFA
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Alison Chessell

Chief Procurement & Risk Officer
Chelmsford City Council
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Ben Chu

Economics Editor
BBC Newsnight
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Guy Clifton

Director, Public Sector Assurance,
Grant Thornton
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Carol Culley

Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer
Manchester City Council
plenary

Mark Da Vanzo

CEO
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres
student / speaker

Sophie Darlington

Outgoing President of the CIPFA Student Network
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Dawn Dickson

Director of Professional Oversight
Financial Reporting Council
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Stephanie Donaldson

Executive Director of Business Resources at National Museums Liverpool (NML)
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Jenni Douglas-Todd

Chair
NHS Dorset
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Zane Edwards

Head of Governance and Customer Success
Lighthouse
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Nick Farrington

Managing Director
Solaire Consulting
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Sheldon Gillmore

Solution Consultant
Workday
student / speaker

Claire Gravil

Head of Finance
Direct Commissioning COVID Vaccination Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement
plenary

Justine Greening

former Secretary of State for Education
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Mohamed Hans

Solicitor, Principal Advisor, Procurement and Commissioning Network
CIPFA
plenary

Angus Hanton

Co-founder
Intergenerational Foundation
plenary

John Harris

Journalist and writer
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James Hickman

Chief Commercial Officer
Ecospend
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Will Higham

Associate Director of Programme Innovation
Rethink Mental Illness
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Paul Holme

Head of Performance, Research & Intelligence
Manchester City Council
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Elizabeth Honer

CEO, Government Internal Audit Agency
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Vanessa Howlison

CFO
National Highways
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Suzanne Jones

CIPFA Exam Panel Chair
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Ryan Keyworth

Director of Finance and Commercials Services and Section 151 Officer
Sheffield City Council
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Sarah Lambert

student / speaker

Lin Liu

Incoming CIPFA Student Network President
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Richard Lloyd Bithell

Senior Technical Manager
CIPFA
plenary

Sir Mark Lowcock

Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow
Center for Global Development
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Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
CIPFA
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Alex McNeill

Finance Strategy and Transformation Director
Oracle
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Diana Melville

Governance Advisor
CIPFA
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William Millard

Regional Sales Director, Financial Products, NESA
Workday
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Peter Morley

Founding Director
Moore Insight
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Gareth Moss

Finance Director
CIPFA
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Graham Oliver

Director
MOORE Optima
plenary

David Olusoga OBE

Historian, writer and broadcaster
plenary

Jayne Owen

Incoming CIPFA President
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Ian Owen

Public Sector Industry Director
TechnologyOne
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Suresh Patel

Partner – Public and Social Sector
Mazars LLP
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Ann Pettifor

Fellow
New Economics Foundation
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Joanne Pitt

Local Government Policy Manager
CIPFA
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Sara Pitt

Assistant Director for Finance and Deputy S151 Finance Officer
Birmingham City Council
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Jeremy Pocklington

Permanent Secretary
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
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James Rawlins

Ecospend
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Imran Razzaq

Regional Sales Director – Public Sector
Workday
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Carl Rodrigues

Associate
Southampton Data Science Academy
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Phil Rook

Director of Resources
Worcestershire Children First
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Adrian Rowbotham

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Officer – Finance & Trading
Sevenoaks District Council
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Mohammed Sajid

Head of Financial Strategy
Birmingham City Council
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Karen Sanderson

Director Public Financial Management
CIPFA
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Judith Savage

Finance Team Leader – Financial Accounting Team
Newcastle City Council
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Michael Smith

Twin Track Programme Director
Surrey County Council
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Sonia Sodha

Chief Leader Writer
The Observer
student / speaker

Kirsty Stanners

Head of Policy and Technical
CIPFA
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Tony Summers

CEO
Socitm Advisory
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Michael Sunderland

Deputy Director
Government Financial Reporting at HM Treasury
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Olly Swann

Director
Impower
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Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government
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Selwyn Thompson

Sr Customer Success Manager (UKI) – Public Sector
Workday
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Kathy Thompson

Principle Solution Engineer
Oracle
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Steve Thompson

Director of Resources
Blackpool Council
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Dr Sally Uren OBE

Chief Executive
Forum for the Future
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Charlotte Valeur

Chief Executive
Global Governance Group
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Richard Van Ross

Senior Data Analyst
CIPFA
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Christian Wall

director
PFM Advisors UK
student / speaker

Rob Whiteman CBE

CEO, CIPFA
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Georgie Willis

Consultant
included
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Rob Winter

Head of Internal Audit, Anti-Fraud and Assurance
Barnsley MBC
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Richard Wood

Head of Sales
Zurich Municipal
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Tina Yu

Head of Procurement
National Museums Liverpool (NML)

Natalie Abraham

Chief Operating Officer
C.Co

Natalie is the Chief Operating Officer at CIPFA C.Co. She is an enthusiastic and experienced senior manager in the public sector with a successful track record of designing, managing and implementing complex programmes of change, which have delivered significant savings and improved services.

Natalie pursued her passion for improving public services, by joining and supporting a number of councils through Local Government re-organisation and going on to lead transformation programmes across the public sector. Throughout her career Natalie has led on the business case production and implementation of national major initiatives, as well as leading and developing public services reform teams, which she recruited and developed, overseeing and contributing to the development and delivery of internal and multi-agency major projects and portfolios of work.

As C.Co’s Chief Operating Officer, Natalie is responsible for putting these skills into practice, ensuring C.Co is continually adding value to our clients and ensuring we continually develop their capabilities through skills transfer.

Peninah Achieng-Kindberg

Senior Finance Business Partner – Electronic Monitoring, Reducing Reoffending, Partnerships and Accommodation
MOJ Finance – Directorate of Finance Business Partnering

Peninah is an experienced Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountant with over 22 years’ experience working in various financial roles in the Civil service and other Public-sector organisations. Her current role as a strategic finance lead for Probation Services in Electronic Monitoring and Reducing Re-offending gives her the authority and respect to proactively support the shaping of strategic decisions, through Decision Making, Expert Financial Advice, Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy and Planning.

Prior to this role, she was a Policy lead and part of a team that led the implementation of the David Lammy review across prisons in the South, including Youth Custody Services. Her passion for social justices has been enriched over the past 20 years through various equality roles within the sectors that she has worked in. She is active in the voluntary sector having taken on various Board Director/Trustee roles with the aim of making a sustainable impact.

Iona Bain


Journalist, broadcaster and blogger

Iona Bain is a journalist, broadcaster and blogger specialising in personal finance and young people. Her Young Money Blog has become the leading, independent authority on the subject and has seen her become a regular in the media and as well as advising financial services companies on how best to serve a new, younger customer.

The Young Money Blog was born out of a desire to understand her own finances and to share her lessons. It has since become a key platform for highlighting the importance of savings and investment amongst a group notoriously disinterested in such things. It also examines the choices faced by those new to the working world (and as such responsible for their own money) and attempts to stop them taking advice from the wrong quarters. Iona has been named Money Blogger of the Year and published Spare Change, an engaging look at money and attitudes towards spending and saving.

Iona examines how young people view financial services and what they expect from banks. She considers the rise of the fintech sector, what they provide that traditional businesses do not, and how financial services can become more values-driven, responsible and interactive. She also looks at the effects of personal finance on mental health and wellbeing, and the role of employers in ensuring staff have access to practical financial advice.

Away from the financial sector Iona analyses the wider influence of a new generation of workers and customers on business. A group that sees the merging of professional and personal lives, with new perspectives on shared ownership, and with different expectations of work and wages. As a freelancer herself (Iona has won the IPSE Freelancer of the Year award), she also looks at the future nature of work as both employers and workers face a world defined more by tasks, shortterm projects and the so-called gig economy.

The youngest governor of the Pensions Policy Institute and a founding member of the Next Gen Pensions Committee, Iona has established herself as a vital voice in a much ignored and misunderstood area. A regular on TV and radio commenting on money issues, Iona has appeared on ITV, Channel 4 News, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Radio 5live, Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and Woman’s Hour, and Radio 1’s Sunday Surgery. Named an “online cash queen” by The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, in print and online her work has appeared in The Times and Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph and The Independent, and she is a regular personal finance writer for the Herald newspaper in her native Scotland.

Phil Beaumont

Master Principal Consultant
Oracle

Phil Beaumont qualified with CIPFA in 1994 and was a P3 Project Examiner on the Dartford Panel for many years. He started his career in the NHS in the West Midlands, working through a number of senior financial management roles to become Director of Finance and Information for an NHS Trust. He subsequently moved into the IT industry where he has significant expertise in Finance, Procurement, HR & Payroll systems. Outside of work, Phil is a School Governor, he fosters trainee Guide Dogs and he rides horses (badly).

Deborah Beck

Head of HR System Transformation
Norfolk County Council

Debbie is a long-standing Norfolk County Council HR professional and senior manager and has worked in all areas of HR in her time.  Highlights during her career include the set up and operation of an Employee Services Centre where she led the introduction of technology into the HR and Payroll transactional services supporting both core NCC services and Norfolk schools to both improve service delivery and reduce costs, a spell as the Strategic HR Business Partner in the Community and Environmental Services directorate and then the leadership of the corporate HR teams delivering Policy, Advice and Consultancy, Learning and Development and Recruitment. Debbie is currently leading the business change activity supporting the implementation and adoption of a new ERP system.

Alix Bedford

Risk Proposition Manager
Zurich Municipal

Alix Bedford is Risk Proposition Manager at Zurich Municipal. A strategic risk professional with over 18 years’ experience working both with and within the public sector, Alix is passionate about the value of risk management and its role in driving improved resilience of organisations and communities. Her current role involves looking at the key emerging and evolving areas of risk impacting the public sector now and in the future and leading Zurich Municipal’s response to these. Alix is also leading on the Sustainability agenda for Zurich Municipal, looking at Climate, Workforce and Data risk areas particularly.

Sandeep Bhakar


Knight Frank

Sandeep is a Partner at Knight Frank’s Public Sector Advisory. He is a chartered accountant and financial advisor. His experience covers working with client to establish project protocols (governance, reporting, risk reporting & management), advising on commercial delivery, funding solutions and taxation advice, building financial models, has run the procurement process for partner selection on several large scale residential and commercial developments.

Sandeep is contributor to the trade press, including a recent report published by London First that comments on the appropriateness of various forms of development partnerships.

Martin Booth

Executive Director of Finance
Glasgow City Council

Martin is Executive Director of Finance at Glasgow City Council and has been in post since May 2018 after spending 8 years as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Glasgow Life. Prior to this Martin worked for COSLA where he led on negotiations with the Scottish Government over financial settlements and drafted the Concordat.  Prior to this Martin was Managing Director of Isoplan and previously worked in management consultancy for IBM and PWC.  Martin started his career as a trainee accountant with Glasgow District Council and worked for a number of Local Authorities before being part of the Senior Management Team that opened HMP Kilmarnock.  Martin is currently Chair of CIPFA in Scotland and Vice Chair of CIPFA Directors of Finance Section.


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Victoria Bradshaw

Chief Officer – Financial Services
Leeds City Council

Louise Branford-White


Link Group

Louise has worked in local government for over 25 years and has experience from being employed in 3 London Boroughs, a County, a City, a Metropolitan Borough and 2 District Councils.  She is a FCCA qualified accountant, has a BSc (Hons) degree in Accounting and a Level 7 post graduate certificate in Coaching and diploma in Leadership and Management.

Most recently Louise was S151 Officer for Hambleton District Council where she led on the joint venture company to regenerate Northallerton town centre, set up the limited liability partnership for the operation of the crematorium and was instrumental in the consideration of the Council’s commercial non-treasury investment portfolio.

At Link Group Louise’s role has involved completing a variety of commercial and financial due diligence appraisals.

Abi Brown

Council Leader
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Elected to Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2010, becoming Council Leader and holding the Corporate Resources, Strategy & Partnerships portfolio from May 2019; being Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member from May 2015.

Abi leads many strategically important local and national programmes, including Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone Board, one of the most successful EZs in the country. She is a member of the Midlands Engine board, and represents Stoke-on- Trent & Staffordshire on the West Midlands Employers Board; the local authority representative on Arts Council England Midlands Council; and is vice-chair of the LGA City Regions Board, having joined in 2017.

Familiar speaker at regional and national events, Abi’s interests include all aspects of regeneration and broader policy development for urban areas.

Andrew Burns

Associate Director
CIPFA

Andrew Burns is an Associate Director at CIPFA where his role is to further develop strong links between CIPFA and the local government sector, building trust to improve public financial management and governance.

He was CIPFA President in 2017/18 serving an Institute with over 14,000 members worldwide who work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms and in other public bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

Until December 2018, he spent 12 years as Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council; was Treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund and a former President of the Society of County Treasurers.

He is also a trustee of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS) the leading national organisation promoting and supporting excellence in governance and scrutiny across public services.

 

 


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Alison Chessell

Chief Procurement & Risk Officer
Chelmsford City Council

Alison is an energetic, experienced senior professional with extensive public finance, procurement and risk knowledge. With a background in ​technical insurance, Alison has worked in the public sector finance arena for 20 years and qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 2016, and has since moved into senior risk and procurement roles. 

Ben Chu

Economics Editor
BBC Newsnight

Ben Chu is Economics Editor of Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme broadcast on weekdays on BBC TWO. He is also the author of Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You’ve Heard About China is Wrong

Guy Clifton

Director, Public Sector Assurance,
Grant Thornton

A CIPFA qualified accountant and Fellow of the Institute, who started his local government career in 1990, Guy joined Grant Thornton in 2007 where he has held a number of senior consulting, advisory and assurance roles, including four years as Head of Local Government Advisory. Before joining Grant Thornton, he was a Managing Consultant within RSM Robson Rhodes public sector advisory practice for 5 years. Prior to this he spent 12 years in local government holding a number of operational roles, including Head of Finance of a London Borough.

In 2022 he took up a new role as Local Government Value for Money Director, overseeing our VfM work for over 180 local government and related body audit clients. He continues to lead our engagement with local government intermediary body relationships, such as SOLACE, CIPFA, CCN, Treasurer Societies and the LGA.

Carol Culley

Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer
Manchester City Council

Carol is the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer at Manchester City Council . As well as being the S151 officer, she has responsibility for leading the Council’s Transformation Programme, leading on the Council’s Zero Carbon Action Plan and as SRO for The Factory and Town Hall projects. Her previous experience in Manchester has included her role as Deputy City Treasurer responsible for Finance and Performance and ICT as well as being a member of the Health & Social Care Devolution Team. Previous roles include as Assistant Chief Executive for Finance and Performance and Assistant Director of Finance and Commissioning for Social Services.

She is CIPFA qualified and has a diploma in management and is a member of the CIPFA Council and recently appointed as chair of the CIPFA Public Financial Management Board.

Carol also has a wealth of experience in financial management, governance and assurance and fulfilling trustee roles. In her spare time she is a Southampton Season ticket holder and enjoys running and walking.

Mark Da Vanzo

CEO
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres

Mark Da Vanzo is CEO for the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres. He joined the theatres in 2015 as Managing Director following his previous role as Deputy Chief Executive of Pitlochry Festival Theatre – one of Scotland’s most prolific building-based theatres. He has also worked for Creative New Zealand (Arts Council of New Zealand) and the Walt Disney Company in London.

A Board Member for Liverpool BID Company, Mark is a Steering Group Member for Inc Arts’ Arts Against Racism and She Leads for Legacy.

Originally from New Zealand, Mark trained in theatre and has devoted his career to creative leadership roles in which he can create equitable, safe, diverse and resilient environments where the arts can flourish.

Sophie Darlington


Outgoing President of the CIPFA Student Network

Sophie is an Assistant Divisional Finance Manager at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and serves as the outgoing President of the CIPFA Student Network. She started studying the CIPFA PQ qualification in 2017 and is an exam qualified CIPFA student after passing the Strategic Case Study module in July 2020.

 

Dawn Dickson

Director of Professional Oversight
Financial Reporting Council

Dawn was appointed FRC’s Director of Professional Oversight in October 2014 after ten years in Audit Quality Monitoring at the FRC. As Director of Professional Oversight, Dawn’s responsibilities include the FRC’s statutory and non-statutory oversight functions relating to the regulatory activities of the audit, accountancy and actuarial professional bodies, as well as the UK’s Third Country Audit regime. Statutory functions relating to audit have included the implementation of the Audit Regulation and Directive for corporate audit and the Local Audit and Accountability Act for local audit. Prior to joining the FRC, Dawn was a partner at PWC for 9 years.

Stephanie Donaldson


Executive Director of Business Resources at National Museums Liverpool (NML)

Stephanie is the Executive Director of Business Resources at National Museums Liverpool (NML), an arms-length body of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). NML runs eight museums and art galleries across Merseyside as well as NML trading – a commercial retail, events and conference business, for which Stephanie is also a Director. Her responsibilities include Finance, Procurement, Risk & Governance, HR, Estates and Information Systems.

Stephanie joined NML during lockdown in May 2020 from the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) where she was the Head of Internal Audit for the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

She is a CIPFA Member and current CIPFA North West Region Past President (Regional President between March 2019 – March 2021). She was elected to CIPFA Council in July 2021 and sits on the Public Financial Management Board.

Stephanie is partially deaf and is also a member of the CIPFA Diversity & Inclusion Member’s Advisory Group.

 


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Jenni Douglas-Todd

Chair
NHS Dorset

Jenni is the Chair of Dorset’s Integrated Care Board, public name, NHS Dorset.

After beginning her career in the probation service, Jenni joined the civil service, at the Home Office, where she spent four years before becoming director of policy and research for the Independent Police Complaints Commission. In the latter role she was responsible for establishing governance of the new police complaints system.

In 2012, Jenni became Chief Executive and monitoring officer for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, where she led the development of the office’s vision, mission, values and organisational strategy, following on from being CEO of Hampshire Police Authority. She took on the role of investigating committee chair for the General Dental Council in 2014. She is also a member of the Judicial Conduct Investigating Office, a public appointment. Jenni holds a non-executive portfolio which includes the English Cricket Board’s Regulatory Committee, Hampshire Cricket Board and Hampshire Sports & Leisure Holdings.

Jenni was named as the Chair of the of the Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS) in February 2020. She served as the Director of Equality & Inclusion with NHS England from August 2020 to June 2022.

In the summer of 2022, she became the Chair of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Zane Edwards

Head of Governance and Customer Success
Lighthouse

Zane Edwards is the Head of Governance and Customer Success at Lighthouse. He is an accomplished executive with broad leadership experience.  As a CPA (certified practising accountant) and having held executive roles in the Public Service for almost two decades, he has a strong background in GRC, financial reporting and treasury, procurement, insurance, and tax. He is passionate about the digital transformation of GRC. Zane is a skilled and influential communicator with extensive experience in a variety of national and international channels, including conferences, radio, television, and video. He is a highly skilled leader and respected professional with a long-standing record of delivering high-quality innovative results.

Nick Farrington

Managing Director
Solaire Consulting

Amberside Advisers were appointed as financial advisers to the North London Waste Authority’s North London Heat and Power Project in 2018.  Nick Farrington has been part of the team since inception, advising the Authority initially on a successful bid for Local Infrastructure Rate finance and subsequently on its financing strategy.  Prior to his work with NLWA, Nick has advised local and central government on financial issues for over 20 years, focussing on environmental  and technology PPP/PFI.

Sheldon Gillmore

Solution Consultant
Workday

Sheldon, having joined Workday in 2021 as a Senior Solution Consultant, has over 30 years experience working with a range of organisations from tech companies to large international banks, NGO’s, Charities, Education and now, more recently Sheldon has focused on helping public sector organisations find the right fit finance solutions to enable them to focus on the key services they provide.

Claire Gravil

Head of Finance
Direct Commissioning COVID Vaccination Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Justine Greening


former Secretary of State for Education

Justine Greening is the founder of the Social Mobility Pledge, bringing together more than 600 UK businesses and universities, covering over 7 million people committed to improving social mobility. She is also Chair of the Purpose Coalition – a coalition of the UK’s most innovative purpose-led leaders and organisations.

Justine is the former Secretary of State for Education (the first to attend a comprehensive school), Minister for Women and Equalities, Secretary of State for International Development, Secretary of State for Transport and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Justine was born and brought up in Rotherham before studying economics at the University of Southampton and was MP for Putney from 2005 to 2019.

Mohamed Hans

Solicitor, Principal Advisor, Procurement and Commissioning Network
CIPFA

Mohamed joined CIPFA in 2004, after working as a senior commercial solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire local authorities. He is an expert on the interpretation of public procurement rules and has written extensively on this topic over many years. He has also developed widely used practitioner toolkits, is invited to speak at conferences in the UK and abroad, and is the first point of contact for practitioners need to understand complex procurement issues.

He manages the Procurement and Commissioning Network, which has over 130 member authorities. He sits on a number of advisory boards, including the National Audit Office, Home Office and the CIPFA Procurement and Anti-Corruption Advisory Forum.

Angus Hanton

Co-founder
Intergenerational Foundation

Angus Hanton has been at the forefront of intergenerational fairness for ten years, having helped to establish the non-party-political, charitable think tank, the Intergenerational Foundation.

A self-confessed baby boomer, Angus is particularly interested in: government spending; the discount rate; government debt; pensions; taxation; housing; the climate crisis; and how to deliver a fairer policy settlement for younger and future generations.

Angus has witnessed the intergenerational unfairness in the withdrawal of spending on, and investment in, younger generations, while spending has increased on older generations, who are the wealthiest generation in history.

Angus calls for a new intergenerational social contract that: asks older, wealthier generations to contribute more towards their own increasing longevity; does not over-burden younger generations with disproportionately higher taxation; and protects the poorest, whatever their age. The introduction of intergenerational fairness impact assessments would ensure that spending and taxation decisions are spread more equitably across the generations.

John Harris


Journalist and writer

John Harris is a journalist and writer, and a columnist on The Guardian newspaper.

He writes on subjects that include politics, popular culture, and music. His writing and his speaking addresses fairness, equality, and the inequalities in UK society today. John has written for Q, Mojo, Rolling Stone, and The Times and he has presented BBC Four documentary The Britpop Story.

His first book was The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and The Demise Of English Rock. His second, in 2005, was a primer for disillusioned Labour voters of the time entitled So Now Who Do We Vote For?

James Hickman

Chief Commercial Officer
Ecospend

James Hickman is Chief Commercial Officer of Ecospend, an Open Banking technology company that recently won the exclusive HMRC contract to provide PISP and AISP services to UK Government.

James joined Ecospend last year and is leading its commercial expansion, delivering Open Banking payments and data solutions across the public and private sectors in the UK and Europe.

He has extensive experience of digital innovation and is excited to be playing a role in the future of Open Finance and the many benefits it brings to all walks of society.

Will Higham

Associate Director of Programme Innovation
Rethink Mental Illness

Will is associate director of programme innovation and has worked closely with colleagues in the policy and practice team to shape our response to the most exciting – and challenging – moment in our history of delivering services: the Community Mental Health Framework. The challenge for Rethink is learning how to deliver in a new kind of deep partnership with the community, the NHS, local authorities and others. Only by deep listening to what people say they need for their recovery and wellbeing and then leveraging the assets of the whole community can we meet the challenge and make the transformative change so needed and so overdue. Will has a background in coalition-building in charities like the Save the Children and the Prison Reform Trust.

Paul Holme

Head of Performance, Research & Intelligence
Manchester City Council

Paul is the Head of Performance, Research & Intelligence for Manchester City Council and in this role is responsible for supporting the Council’s leaders on strategic and operational decision making. Paul leads a team of around 90 data and analysis specialists who work on projects across the whole of the Council and covering: Children’s Services, Adults Social Care, Employment & Skills, Housing, Neighbourhood Services and the Economy.

Paul and his team work with local, regional and national stakeholders, supporting them on performance management, analysis, evaluation, forecasting and engagement, to ensure that evidence sits at the heart of our decision making processes.

Elizabeth Honer


CEO, Government Internal Audit Agency

Elizabeth Honer has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) since October 2018. Her mission is for internal audit to be an agent for change – better insights, better outcomes.

Her career spans 30 years in the public sector, including in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, the Houses of Parliament and the National Archives. She is a qualified accountant (CIPFA), with a proven ability to lead successful business and cultural change. She has been an executive member of three public sector boards, with experience as a non-executive board member in the public and charitable sectors.

Elizabeth is a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, actively seeking different perspectives and regularly mentoring women and emerging leaders. She has an MSc in Managing Organisational Performance (Cranfield School of Management) and has published research articles on performance improvement and managing reputational risk.

When not at work, she enjoys cycling (many overseas tours with her husband), music (including choral singing) and ballet (Silver Swans for the over 50s!).

Vanessa Howlison

CFO
National Highways

Vanessa is currently CFO at National Highways. Prior to this she held FD roles at the Department for Transport, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Ofsted. Her early career was in NHS finance and with the Audit Commission. She is an independent Non-Executive Director on Ofwat’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Alongside finance she is focussed on climate change mitigation and is completing an MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh.

Suzanne Jones


CIPFA Exam Panel Chair


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Ryan Keyworth

Director of Finance and Commercials Services and Section 151 Officer
Sheffield City Council

Ryan is the Director of Finance and Commercials Services and Section 151 Officer for Sheffield City Council. He is a chartered management account who started his career in the Insurance sector with Pearl Assurance. His experience of finance systems and reporting and the importance of core system data quality started over 25 years ago, supporting an Essbase implementation to change the way the company used the information contained in its mainframe General Ledger.

After a move to Sheffield City Council, Ryan was heavily involved in the Council’s implementation of Oracle Enterprise One, which replaced a heavily customised and compromised earlier version of the product. This included a complete re-write of the chart of accounts, reporting structures and a transformation of the way the finance team and wider organisation managed its finances.

A move into the University sector followed, accompanied by leading roles in HR, Payroll and Research Management systems implementations.

Ryan returned to local government and Sheffield City Council in 2019 to find much of the infrastructure and principles that were established 10 years before were still in place, with the focus on core system data quality supported by easy-to-use reporting and forecasting tools continuing.

Sarah Lambert



Sarah has deep expertise in product innovation and solutions across Public Sector, Utilities and the Debt Sector..  Sarah’s career has seen her focus on solutions for financial health, understanding vulnerability flags, hardship and affordability. She has a unique perspective on how the latest advancements in fintech and open banking can serve organisations and the people they support. Sarah has been more recently been  instrumental in finding new and innovative account to account payment solutions for multiple Public Sector, Credit and Debt Agencies.

Lin Liu


Incoming CIPFA Student Network President

Lin is a Senior Auditor at Cambridgeshire County Council and serves as the incoming President of the CIPFA Student Network. She started her public finance career in 2018 as a CIPFA apprentice for Newcastle City Council. During her career, She served CIPFA Northeast Committee as a secretary and received David Clark 2021 award. She is now a fully qualified CIPFA accountant.

Richard Lloyd Bithell

Senior Technical Manager
CIPFA

Richard is a Senior Technical Manager within CIPFA’s Public Financial Management Directorate leading on public sector policy, standards and guidance, both in the UK and internationally. Richard has over 9 years public and private sector experience and formerly worked as a lead advisor on Treasury Management and Pensions for CIPFA. He has also worked in local government as a principal accountant managing a treasury and technical accounting team, before joining CIPFA in 2019.

 

 

Sir Mark Lowcock

Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow
Center for Global Development

Mark Lowcock was appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in May 2017 and served in that role until June 2021. He was previously Permanent Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. He has spent more than 35 years leading and managing responses to humanitarian crises across the globe. He has authored opinion articles for the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the TimesLe Monde, CNN, and others. He is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
CIPFA

Jeffrey Matsu is Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and a Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. 

With extensive experience in connecting policy with practice through evidence-based research, he works with partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

Previously, Jeff was responsible for market analysis and thought leadership at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and co-led the economy theme at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). 

He was also a senior economist at Morgan Stanley and served on the research staff at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC.

Jeff holds degrees in economics from the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University.

Alex McNeill

Finance Strategy and Transformation Director
Oracle

Alex is a Finance Strategy and Transformation Director at Oracle, driving their go-to-market strategy for the UK Public Sector. His role it to help articulate the case for change and business value of Oracle solutions for Public Sector customers, to support their journey to the Cloud and share insight to help maximise the benefits they realise.

 

Previously he worked at PwC as a Chartered Management Consultant, where he specialised in delivering complex operating model transformation, technology enabled process improvement, business case development and strategic cost reduction.

Diana Melville

Governance Advisor
CIPFA

Diana is the lead advisor for the CIPFA Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA’s representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. In a wide-ranging role, she delivers policy and guidance on the areas of internal audit, governance, and audit committees. She liaises with government departments and other stakeholders, and delivers support through training, publications and briefings.

She is the co-author of Internal Audit: Untapped Potential (2022) and authored the 2022 edition of Audit Committees, Practical Guidance for Local Authorities and Police. Diana was part of the CIPFA working group that developed the Good Governance Framework for Local Government (2016) and co-developed the CIPFA Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption (2014).

She is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

 

William Millard

Regional Sales Director, Financial Products, NESA
Workday

Peter Morley

Founding Director
Moore Insight

Peter is a Charted Management Accountant, with more than 30 years of technical knowledge of local and central government accounting. He works day to day on complex, design assurance for organisations undergoing Finance / ERP systems change and optimisation. He created the functional specification of the COINS system for HM Treasury now incorporated within OSCAR. Over the last year, he has also led on an initiative to drive savings for local government authorities when choosing their core business ERP solutions and maintaining his approach of being “right-sized” for the organisation.    

Gareth Moss

Finance Director
CIPFA

Gareth is CIPFA’s Finance Director. A CIPFA-qualified accountant, he is a former director of resources of two local authorities. Before becoming finance director Gareth worked in CIPFA’s consultancy arm, advising public sector bodies on issues as wide as financial management, governance and senior staff recruitment.

His past employment includes roles at Serco, where he was responsible for their local government contracts, Price Waterhouse and several local authorities. Gareth is a Non-Executive Director at Worcestershire Children First and chairs the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire).

Graham Oliver

Director
MOORE Optima

A CIPFA qualified accountant and specialist in local government account, Graham has worked in the industry for over 30 years across unitary, county and district authorities and managed finances across all local government services as well as being a financial accounting expert. Local authorities worked at include Northamptonshire County Council, South Somerset District Council, London Boroughs of Southwark and Haringey.

In 10 years as a consultant I have worked across multiple clients in the public sector, including London Borough of Croydon, Harborough District Council, Department for Transport, Government Property Agency and Capita (as part of support across six district councils). Work has included management and financial accounting support and advise, major whole council budget reviews, business case writing, system procurement, design and implementation.

David Olusoga OBE


Historian, writer and broadcaster

David Olusoga is a historian, writer and broadcaster. He is the presenter of A House Through Time and author of Black and British: A Forgotten History. Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, David looks at what our history reveals about contemporary society and the lasting effects of the British Empire.

Starting out as a researcher for BBC Radio 4, David was soon involved in producing and directing historical documentaries for the station, including Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich, The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith, and Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner. From there he became a presenter for the BBC, appearing on documentaries including Civilisations, The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, and the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.

David’s book Black and British was accompanied by a BBC Two series of the same name which he both wrote and presented. His book looks at the global slavetrading empire of Britain, how the country’s 19th century economic and industrial might was built on American slavery, and how modern society has been shaped as a result. David is also the author of Civilisations: First Contact/The Cult of Progress, The World’s War and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism. He regularly writes for The Guardian, has hosted the BBC’s The Civilisations Podcast, and is a regular contributor and commentator across broadcast media.

Jayne Owen


Incoming CIPFA President

Jayne’s 30 year career to date has been rooted in the public sector, with experience across local government, police and crime, devolution, and public sector reform. She is currently Finance and Resources Director at North Wales Housing and CIPFA Junior Vice President. This and previous roles involve significant complexity, with accountability for multi-million budgets and advising on the deployment of these resources. Areas of expertise include treasury management, financial planning, audit, procurement, commissioning, value for money, organisational transformation and effective governance.

Ian Owen

Public Sector Industry Director
TechnologyOne

Ian is a Cipfa Fellow who qualified as an Accountant in Local Government before moving to the Civil Service and then into the private sector where he has worked for a range of ICT suppliers to the public sector in roles covering consulting, product management, sales and marketing. Ian is also an NHS Public Governor at Blackpool NHS teaching Hospital and is in his 4th year at TechnologyOne.

Suresh Patel

Partner – Public and Social Sector
Mazars LLP

Suresh is Mazars’ London lead for delivering audit and assurance services to the public sector and has 28 years’ experience of auditing local government. He is accredited with the ICAEW as Key Audit Partner to deliver statutory audit.

His career began in 1993 as a trainee with the Audit Commission in Birmingham. He gained his CIPFA qualification in 1997 by which time he was living and working in London. He remained with the Audit Commission for 18 years auditing several London Boroughs and large NHS trusts. In 2012 he joined Mazars as it entered the local audit market and in 2016 he joined EY as an Associate Partner, before returning to Mazars as a Partner in August 2021.

Suresh served as an elected member of the CIPFA Council from 2015-2021 and remains involved in the Practice Oversight Panel.

At Mazars, he is also one of the Partner leads for progressing the firm’s Inclusiveness and Diversity strategy and takes a lead for Audit Quality.

Ann Pettifor

Fellow
New Economics Foundation

Ann Pettifor is a political economist and director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) – a network of mainly Keynesian economists majoring in monetary theory and policy. She is best known for predicting the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-9 with her book: The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave, 2006). In 2018 she published The Production of Money (Verso), Die Produktion des Geldes (Hamburger Edition). In 2019 she wrote The Case for The Green New Deal (Verso and Hamburger Edition).  In January 2022 the Scottish government appointed her to its Just Transition Commission.

Joanne Pitt

Local Government Policy Manager
CIPFA

Joanne is an experienced local government adviser with  25 years of public sector knowledge.

She was responsible for the delivery of the CIPFA Financial Management Code along with  its supportive guidance and is an advocate of strong financial management and good governance. Her most recent publication covers the governance of council owned companies.

She has written widely on topics such as government funding, housing, and financial sustainability and as a key part of CIPFA’s policy team Joanne has represented the Institute on the BBC, local and national radio and is regularly quoted in the press.

Through her work with CFOs across the country she supports local government improvement and reform using data analysis and strong evidence-based insight, always  focused on improving financial resilience.

Prior to joining the policy team Joanne held a variety of roles within the Institute through which she has gained experience in contract negotiations, client engagement, fraud and anticorruption, business planning and the delivery of bespoke consultancy projects. All these skills build on her management experience in local government.

Joanne completed a degree at Leeds University before finishing a postgraduate qualification in housing at the University of Westminster. Additional qualifications include shared service architect practitioner, EFQM, CIPFA NED certification and a Level 7 Post graduate diploma in Corporate Governance.

 

 

Sara Pitt

Assistant Director for Finance and Deputy S151 Finance Officer
Birmingham City Council

An experienced and professional Finance Leader, Sara has worked in local government for 28 years in and around the Midlands region. Her career has spanned roles across District, Borough, County and Core City authorities. 

Sara joined Birmingham in February 2020. Her role as Assistant Director for Finance and Deputy S.151 Finance Officer has focused on developing and delivering on a 10-year vision and target operating model for Finance. This includes the implementation of a best in breed ERP system, improving financial management across the council and transforming the Finance department into a modern, agile and best in class service.  

Under Sara’s leadership of the Finance team, Birmingham City Council moved from a 1 star CIPFA Financial Management rating to a 3 star rating elevating the local authority to one of the best in the Country. Not only was this a significant achievement for Birmingham but the 3 star rating was delivered a year earlier than planned. 

Sara recently received a Highly Commended award from CIPFA as Finance COVID Leader of the Year. This was a brilliant achievement and fantastic national recognition of Sara’s leadership qualities. The Finance team were also shortlisted for the considerable improvements made to financial reporting at Birmingham City Council. Just one of the many improvements made that led to the achievement of the CIPFA 3 Star Financial Management rating. 

Jeremy Pocklington

Permanent Secretary
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Jeremy Pocklington is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Jeremy was previously, from March 2020 to September 2021, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Prior to this he was Director General, Housing from August 2018 to March 2020.

Jeremy was formerly Director General, Energy and Security at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) from December 2016 until August 2018. Prior to this he was Director General of Markets and Infrastructure Group at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Before joining DECC Jeremy was Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit at HM Treasury responsible for policies on growth, business and infrastructure and for advising on public spending for BIS, DfT, DECC and DEFRA. From 2009 to 2012 he was Director of the Economic and Domestic secretariat at the Cabinet Office. Prior to that he was the Deputy Director in HM Treasury responsible for corporate finance and public-private partnerships. He joined the Treasury in 1997 and has held a range of posts on financial regulation, tax and fiscal policy as well as working as an assistant private secretary to two Chief Secretaries.

James Rawlins


Ecospend

Tech IRRV – An ex local authority Benefits Manager, James has worked with outsourcers and as a consultant with extensive public sector experience. Experience of working within a Credit Reference Agency in the fraud and error space as well as helping councils explore the value of their data to improve the way support is delivered on the front line.

Imran Razzaq

Regional Sales Director – Public Sector
Workday

Imran Razzaq leads the Public Sector team at Workday helping customers from Government, Education, Healthcare and Public Safety empower their employees to make better, more informed decisions faster and achieve great results. Prior to Workday Imran worked at Vmware where he led the Modern Applications business, and at Microsoft, where he led the Public sector cloud services business in Central Europe. In his earlier career, he worked for PwC and Accenture. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and hold an MBA from London Business School. He is also a Board Member at the National College of Digital Skills.

Carl Rodrigues

Associate
Southampton Data Science Academy

With a focus on sales and strategy, Carl Rodrigues has spent over 27 years championing data-driven startups. He built the community at the Open Data Institute founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and is Founder of Joining the Dots, a startups network focused on data, blockchain, AI and fintech. He leads partnerships for the Southampton Data Science Academy which provides online courses to professionalise Data Science and AI. London-based, he has a degree in Classics from King’s College Cambridge.

Phil Rook

Director of Resources
Worcestershire Children First

Phil has wide ranging senior financial leadership experience having worked in all areas of local government finance for the last 30 years.   Phil has been the Director of Resources for Worcestershire Children First for the last 3 years and was involved in setting up the company .   Previous roles included four years as Finance Director of Tricuro, a Local Authority Trading Company wholly owned by Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth Councils a care company which delivered Adult Social Care Services. Prior to Tricuro, Phil worked for Dorset County Council and was Deputy Treasure for the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Phil has had many senior finance roles and acted at both regional and national capacity.

Adrian Rowbotham

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Officer – Finance & Trading
Sevenoaks District Council

Having previously worked for a London borough, county council and in the private sector, Adrian joined Sevenoaks District Council in 2006 as the Finance Manager and has been the Chief Finance Officer since 2013.  Adrian is a director of Sevenoaks’ two council owned companies, Quercus 7 which delivers income to the council through property investments, and Quercus Housing which delivers affordable housing.

Adrian is also Vice President of the Society of District Council Treasurers.

Mohammed Sajid

Head of Financial Strategy
Birmingham City Council

Mohammed is Head of Financial Strategy at Birmingham leading on capital, treasury, financial reporting & Tax amongst others and has played a key role in its Be Bold Be Birmingham agenda and in particular its financial management improvement journey to Three Star exemplar.

With a keen interest and expertise in finance transformation, financial reporting, treasury management, and implementing green book business cases, Mohammed has been Involved in the go live of a new ERP system at Europe’s largest local authority.

Cipfa qualified, Mohammed has had major roles with Cipfa, including serving on the CIPFA board and being a trustee from 2018-2021. He was also Chair of the Public Financial Management Board (2019-2021) and Vice Chair of the Charities and Public Entities Board 2017-2019.

Mohammed has worked in local government finance for 25 years with senior roles at London Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Tower Hamlets, along with Birmingham City Council.

Karen Sanderson

Director Public Financial Management
CIPFA

Karen qualified with ACCA and is a CIPFA member.  She has deep expertise in public sector financial management and public sector standard setting.  She spent five years at HM Treasury, and in that period delivered the first ever Whole of Government Accounts.  Karen initiated the cross government project to recommend how financial reports could be simplified and how they could better meet user needs.

Karen later joined the New South Wales (NSW Australia) Treasury using her expertise to set the accounting policy and financial management frameworks as well as cash management policies for the sector.  She subsequently led NSW Treasury advice across a portfolio of government departments and agencies driving value for money spending decisions.

Karen is currently leading a project to develop the first ever global financial reporting guidance for non-profit organisations. She is a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board’s Consultative Advisory Group and the UK government’s Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

Judith Savage

Finance Team Leader – Financial Accounting Team
Newcastle City Council

Judith works as a Finance Team Leader and is the professional accountancy training manager at Newcastle City Council. She is a former CIPFA Council member, past Chair of the CIPFA National Student Forum and past President of CIPFA in the North East.

Passionate about personal development, she founded the successful CIPFA North East Women in Leadership event which has been running for 3 years. The event has brought together both CIPFA and non CIPFA members in an inspiring and friendly format, which has stimulated conversation and debate and inspired women to take the next step in their careers. Judith is also passionate about mental health particularly in the workplace and is a trained Mental Health Advocate.

Judith lives in Northumberland and enjoys spending time in the local countryside as much as she can. A keen local volunteer, she can be found getting involved in a range of local activities to support the local community.

Michael Smith

Twin Track Programme Director
Surrey County Council

Michael is a financial strategist with vast experience leading large teams across different departments and geographical areas. A CIPFA accountant, he has specialised in leadership, strategic finance, financial planning and efficiencies, financial accounting, business partnering, commissioning and procurement, and change management. After several years as Associate Director of Finance at Achieving for Children, he is currently leading the two-year project to establish and embed a Twin Track approach to financial planning in Surrey County Council, focussing on medium to long term, cross cutting efficiencies for future financial sustainability.

Sonia Sodha

Chief Leader Writer
The Observer

Sonia Sodha is chief leader writer at the Observer and a Guardian/Observer columnist. She also makes documentaries on economic and social issues for Radio 4 and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 as a political commentator. Prior to her career in journalism, Sonia spent ten years working in policy and politics: initially for the think tanks IPPR and Demos, where she led programmes of work on education and social policy; then as a senior policy adviser to Ed Miliband when he was leader of the Labour party; and then in a series of senior strategic roles for charities such as Which?, the Dartington Social Research Unit and Generation Change. She is a trustee of the Trust for London (and chairs one of its two grant-making committees) and is also a former trustee of City Year UK and the Ambition Institute, and a former primary school governor.

Kirsty Stanners

Head of Policy and Technical
CIPFA

Tony Summers

CEO
Socitm Advisory

Tony is an experienced consultant with over 35 years’ experience across public services, delivering strategy and implementation programmes. He has led many Socitm Advisory engagements over the last 3 years with over 50 local authorities. Tony took the leadership role of building the Socitm Advisory ERP practice until his move to become CEO.

 

Michael Sunderland

Deputy Director
Government Financial Reporting at HM Treasury

Michael Sunderland is Deputy Director for Government Financial Reporting at HM Treasury. He’s worked at HM Treasury for over 10 years largely in roles working on public spending and EU exit. Prior to that he worked in education and academia in the UK and China, and originally trained in financial audit at the Audit Commission.

Olly Swann

Director
Impower

Olly is an experienced organisational change agent with a broad background in implementing successful change initiatives across local government, and with a primary interest in reframing service delivery, demand management and driving better outcomes and value from public services.  He has extensive experience across a wide range of council services, but carries a particular passion for children’s services and improving the life chances of young people.

Having spent the early part of his career in the Civil Service, Olly moved in to Local Government before making the switch to public sector consulting – a direct result of his experience as an IMPOWER client.

Outside of work Olly is a qualified football coach, live music fan, sailor and cyclist (when his children allow him to).

Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government

Gemma Tetlow is Chief Economist at the Institute for Government. The institute aims to improve the effectiveness of government through providing rigorous research and analysis, topical commentary and offering a space for discussion and fresh thinking. Gemma joined the organisation in April 2018 and works across the institute’s programme areas.

Between 2016 and 2018, Gemma was Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, reporting on and analysing economic developments in the UK and globally. Before that, Gemma led the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ work on public finances and pensions.

Gemma has a PhD in economics from University College London.

Selwyn Thompson

Sr Customer Success Manager (UKI) – Public Sector
Workday

Selwyn is an experienced finance professional having worked in a number of senior finance roles in central and local government during a career spanning more than 28 years. He is CIMA and CIPFA qualified and in his previous role of Director of Financial Services for a large London local authority, he was responsible for the Council’s directorate finance teams including HRA and Capital Programme, final accounts, financial transactions, and the payroll and pensions administration functions. He was also the SRO on a programme to deliver a fully integrated ERP Cloud solution to the organisation. Now at Workday, Selwyn is a customer success specialist working in partnership with our UK and Ireland public sector and not-for-profit customers to ensure they are achieving full value for money for their investment in Workday.

Kathy Thompson

Principle Solution Engineer
Oracle

Kathy started her career in the finance function at the NHS, bringing process improvement to Financial Accounting, and providing a management accounting function to Primary Care. After a  period in the private sector, she moved to the Home Office and supported the roll out of their Oracle Business Intelligence solution to Finance, HR and Budget Holders, increasing adoption outside of finance and securing executive level sponsorship for the programme.  She latterly went on to lead the implementation of Oracle Cloud Reporting Solutions and Oracle Planning tool (ePBCS) for Finance, HR, Commercial, Budget Holders and business embedded workforce planners as Deputy Director of the Metis Programme, creating a Centre of Excellence to support other customers on their journey.

Kathy is the Head of Reporting and Planning for the Oracle Cloud Programme at the Home Office. She is responsible for the successful delivery of a Reporting, Analytics, Planning and Budgeting solutions for HR, Procurement and Finance. Ensuring that their newly implemented systems continue to deliver the day two benefits and the optimization of the platform through robotics and automation and transform the Home Office back-office functions. Kathy has built the inhouse expertise in the New Cloud based Oracle reporting tools in order to support the increase in capability in Data and Analytics via the Government Analytics and Reporting Centre of Excellence, that she leads.  Kathy is a qualified accountant, with more than 20 years’ experience working in a variety of Finance and IT roles, in both Public and Private sectors. She’s also a mother of four and has a passion for charity work and running, recently running the London Marathon for the National Autistic Society.

Steve Thompson

Director of Resources
Blackpool Council

36 years of public finance experience, 10 in the acute health sector and 26 with Blackpool Council, the premier seaside resort in the UK and one which has undergone massive regeneration over the last 2 decades. The Council manages a diverse range of services, most provided in-house and some via its 8 wholly-owned companies and joint venture partnerships. Currently implementing 2 business critical systems of HR & Payroll (MHR) and Financial Information System (TechnologyOne), but I would say my biggest challenge currently is recruitment and retention and thankful that we planned for developing our own finance professionals and at one point recently had 6 CIPFA trainees underway. Also a member of the Lancashire Local Pension Board and chair of Trinity Hospice Audit Committee.

Dr Sally Uren OBE

Chief Executive
Forum for the Future

Sally is a sustainability expert and advocate and Chief Executive at Forum for the Future, an organisation with a mission to help accelerate a shift towards a sustainable future. She works with leading global organisations, businesses and foundations to address complex challenges and to help bring about transformational systemic change environmentally, socially and economically.

After completing a PhD in Environmental Studies exploring the effects of air pollution on semi-natural ecosystems, Sally began working to make sustainable change both in the private and nonprofit sectors. Now, at Forum for the Future, she works across a huge number of industries from apparel and shipping to food and energy. The Cotton 2040 initiative she works on helps to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainably grown cotton, and Growing our Future is a collaborative project designed to reshape global supply chains to fight some of the challenges and inequalities affected by agriculture, from biodiversity to food poverty. Sally also helped initiate Net Positive, a coalition of leading businesses, all working to define the next wave of corporate sustainability.

In speeches, Sally inspires audiences to consider a new way of doing business. As well as addressing the challenges around climate change and what needs to be done to sustain the physical environment, she argues that this can not be done without a thought to social equity.

When reshaping a global supply chain for a more environmentally friendly end product, every step of the process also has to have a positive social and economic impact for it to be sustainable. Whether investors, consumers, policymakers or employees, Sally equips audiences with
actionable ways they can take action to move the needle towards a more prosperous future for everyone.

Beyond her role at the Forum Sally has written for a range of publications such as The Huffington Post and The Independent and acts as an advisor for several global businesses, including Kimberly Clark and Burberry. She is also developing a new School of System Change to create a global community and to give change agents the capabilities to lead their own change initiatives.

Charlotte Valeur

Chief Executive
Global Governance Group

Charlotte is an investment banker and seasoned FTSE Chair, Non Executive Director and governance expert with a wealth of board experience across different sectors. She is an author and public speaker in corporate governance, leadership, equality & diversity.

A lifelong human rights advocate, Charlotte is driven to play her part in creating an inclusive society; she advocates for equality and inclusion for all, working at the intersection of Government, Industry, academia and the Third Sector. She founded and chair the global Institute of Neurodiversity, ION in 2021. 

Richard Van Ross

Senior Data Analyst
CIPFA

Richard has been collecting and analysing local government data to provide insight to councils and public bodies across the UK as part of CIPFA’s data team for over three years. He has been the principal analyst on projects involving central government departments such as DEFRA and DLUHC as well as on some of CIPFA’s flagship data tools, including the Financial Resilience Index. In his current role he is also involved in the process of developing the team’s products. Over the last couple of years, this consisted of transforming outputs from static workbooks to interactive dashboards hosted on a web app. The next phase of development will see products becoming more analytical and forward looking with some predictive capability.

Christian Wall

director
PFM Advisors UK

Christian is a Director, responsible for PFM’s local government advisory business in the UK.  Having started his career in investment banking, Christian spent 11 years in business and financial planning in local government before helping to establish the UK Municipal Bonds Agency.  Christian has considerable knowledge and experience of establishing local government investment programmes including regeneration and property investment vehicles

Rob Whiteman CBE


CEO, CIPFA

Rob Whiteman was appointed as the chief executive of CIPFA in September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the chief executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement & Development Agency. Between 2005 and 2010 Whiteman was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Prior to this role, he was director of resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Government from the University of Essex, Whiteman started his management career at WH Smith plc, before moving into the public sector. An accountant by profession, Rob qualified with CIPFA early in his career whilst working at the London Borough of Camden. He has since held several local government finance advisory roles for the Local Government Association and CIPFA, and for many years served as secretary to the Society of London Treasurers.

Rob was awarded a CBE for services to public sector financial management in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Georgie Willis

Consultant
included

With several years of experience in employee advisory and legal services, both in the UK and Japan, Georgie joined Included in 2022 as a Consultant and is responsible for client delivery across our five service areas.

Georgie has worked on a range of projects, most recently focussing on employee engagement and cultural change in large, disruptive transactions. She takes a collaborative, people focussed approach to ensure that outcomes are intersectional and sensitive. In her previous role, she developed and implemented several internal D&I strategies, including the roll out of ERGs and design of a programme to help men be better allies to women in the workplace and more widely.

After graduating with a Masters in International Development: Agriculture and Rural Development in 2014, which is where her interest in equality and social structures stems from, Georgie spent most of her career in Japan, learning both the language and business culture.

Rob Winter

Head of Internal Audit, Anti-Fraud and Assurance
Barnsley MBC

Rob has worked in the public sector for 39 years, most of which in local government. His current role extends to providing the Head of Internal role to a number of other public sector organisations and has consequently built-up considerable experience of what makes an effective internal audit service.

Rob started his career in 1983 and qualified with CIPFA in 1990 whilst at Kirklees Council. After a brief foray into the NHS, Rob joined Barnsley MBC in 1995, where since 1998 he has been the Head of Internal Audit (and other things). Rob has also been a non-executive director in the health and FE sectors.

Rob has a real passion for internal audit, governance, and risk management to truly add organisational value, to adapt with changing times whilst retaining that independence, objectivity, and professional credibility.

Rob is also involved in co-organising the national Police Audit Group and is a member of other CIPFA working groups and forums to champion internal audit, risk and governance!

Richard Wood

Head of Sales
Zurich Municipal

Richard has nearly 40 years industry experience from Insurance Broking to bank distribution through personal lines and commercial insurance products.

Beginning his career with Zurich in 2003 as Regional Development Manager, Richard has had several notable appointments within the group. After winning ‘Region of the Year’ for two consecutive years, Richard was promoted to Head of Financial Services Partnerships in 2005 where he became responsible for Zurich’s key Bank Distribution Partnerships. After five years in this role, Richard embraced a move to Johannesburg, South Africa to lead the set up of a Bank Distribution Partnership with Standard Bank. When Richard returned to the UK in 2011, he returned to a new role with Zurich Municipal as Head of Housing and Health. Richard’s current role is Head of Sales for Zurich Municipal which includes responsibilities as part of the Zurich Municipal Leadership team.

 

 

Tina Yu

Head of Procurement
National Museums Liverpool (NML)

Tina joined National Museums Liverpool (NML), an arms-length body of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as the Head of Procurement in June 2021.

Prior to joining National Museums Liverpool (NML), Tina held various senior, category management and consultancy roles working for St Helens College, Wirral Council, University of Chester, Manchester Airports Group, Riverside Housing and SUMS Consulting.  

Tina is inspired by how effective procurement can make a positive difference towards achieving business efficiencies through aligning commercial, operational and strategic objectives.  A procurement practitioner and advocate of the profession, Tina has been recognised for leading diverse teams during sustained periods of accelerated transformational change and has expertise in devising strategies to enhance procurement maturity, stakeholder engagement, operational efficiencies, and category management.  

A Business graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, Tina is MCIPS Chartered and holds an MBA from University of Chester which culminated in her MBA dissertation: ‘Can Procurement Deliver Strategic Value?  An Exploratory Study within the UK Higher Education Sector’ and has written articles for Supply Management and University Business.  Tina is passionate about nurturing skills and engendering opportunities through education, is an Assessment Consultant for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and continues to support UK higher education institutions as an Associate with SUMS Consulting.