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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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Alix Bedford

Risk Proposition Manager
Zurich Municipal
plenary

Chris Bryant MP

Chair
Parliamentary Standards Committee
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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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Mark Da Vanzo

CEO
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres
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Sophie Darlington

Outgoing President of the CIPFA Student Network
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Stephanie Donaldson

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

Head of Governance and Customer Success
Lighthouse
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Justine Greening

former Secretary of State for Education
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Conrad Hall

Corporate Director of Resources
Newham Council
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Angus Hanton

Co-founder
Intergenerational Foundation
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John Harris

Journalist and writer
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Elizabeth Honer

CEO, Government Internal Audit Agency
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Kevin Lavery

CEO
ICS, Lancashire & South Cumbria
plenary

Sir Mark Lowcock

Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow
Center for Global Development
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Lin Lui

Incoming CIPFA Student Network President
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Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
CIPFA
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Peter Morley

Founding Director
Moore Insight
plenary

David Olusoga OBE

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Jayne Owen

Incoming CIPFA President
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Ian Owen

Local Government Industry Director
TechnologyOne
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Suresh Patel

Partner – Public and Social Sector
Mazars LLP
plenary

Ann Pettifor

Fellow
New Economics Foundation
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Carl Rodrigues

Founder
Joining the Dots
plenary ( Chair )

Sonia Sodha

Chief Leader Writer
The Observer
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Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government
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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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Rob Winter

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

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.

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.

Chris Bryant MP

Chair
Parliamentary Standards Committee

Chris Bryant has been Labour MP for the Rhondda constituency in Wales since 2001. He chairs Parliament’s Committee on Standards, which oversees MPs’ conduct via the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He was previously shadow culture secretary and shadow leader of the House of Commons.

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

e was He 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

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.

 

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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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.

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.

Conrad Hall

Corporate Director of Resources
Newham Council

Conrad Hall has twenty years’ senior financial management experience in London local authorities, the last ten of which have been in chief finance officer roles.

He trained with the Audit Commission, qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1998 and is a former winner of the Accountancy Age UK Accountant of the Year award for his work in transforming Lambeth Council.  He is currently the Corporate Director of Resources for Newham Council and chairs the CIPFA/LASAAC board, which is responsible for financial reporting and accounting standards for UK local government.

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?

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!).

Kevin Lavery

CEO
ICS, Lancashire & South Cumbria

Kevin is an experienced CEO with public and private sector experience in the UK and overseas. Kevin, from Newcastle upon Tyne, has been a CEO for the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Cornwall Council and the City of Wellington in New Zealand. In his local government roles Kevin has extensive experience working with deprived communities and regeneration initiatives. He also has worked extensively with the health sector on child protection, adult social care and public health. Kevin has been a consultant with Price Waterhouse, was CEO of technology firms Agilisys and Serco Solutions and a director with BT. He was Managing Director for Enterprise PLC which was headquartered in Leyland. Kevin is currently a director of Tuhura and Partners in New Zealand.

Keen to learn about:

Getting the balance right between the strategic centre of the ICS and the place based partnerships. And striking the right balance between fixing ‘here and now’ problems whilst making tangible progress on the long-term strategic changes needed.

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.

Lin Lui


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.

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.

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.    

David Olusoga OBE



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

Local Government Industry Director
TechnologyOne

Ian is the TechnologyOne Local Government Industry Director and a CIPFA Fellow who has spent the last 21 years providing a variety of solutions and transformational services to the public sector with a significant focus on Local Government ERP.

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 best known for her leadership of Jubilee 2000 – a worldwide campaign to cancel approximately $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries. She was also one of the first to predict the credit crunch in her 2003 book, The Real World Economic Outlook and is a member of the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee.

A fellow, and former head of research, at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), Ann’s work has covered international finance, the effects of globalisation and sustainable development. The NEF have worked with numerous NGOs, the Global Fund for Aids, the British, Nigerian, Guyanese, Ethiopian and Norwegian governments, and the Queen of Jordan. Ann is also a Director of the Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) network which aims to explain and engage various audiences with issues of economics, policy and ideas.

Despite some signs of economic recovery, Ann believes that many Western economies have failed to learn from the 1930s (and Japan in the 90s). She maintains that the lesson of these recessions is the need for a carefully sequenced adjusting of monetary policy, debt management and fiscal policy. Until private output fully returns, there should be still greater public spending. She also
examines the political and economic effects that globalisation has had in creating social and financial divides in populations in both developed and developing countries.

Ann is co-author of the Green New Deal – a set of policies to deal with the threats posed by credit crunch, ‘peak oil’ and climate change. As well as an economic outlook, she also considers the economics of sustainability and desperate need for long-term strategies within businesses and government. She contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, and is now advising a group of churches on their own climate campaign, Operation Noah.

Carl Rodrigues

Founder
Joining the Dots

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!