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Natalie Abraham

Chief Operating Officer
C.Co
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Caroline Al-Beyerty

Chamberlain and Chief Financial Officer
City of London Corporation
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Hugh Alderwick

Head of Policy
The Health Foundation
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Hala Audi

CEO
The Trinity Challenge
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Alix Bedford

Risk Proposition Manager, Zurich
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Kellie Beirne

Director
Cardiff Capital Region City Deal
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Torsten Bell

Chief Executive
Resolution Foundation
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Dr Holly Birkett

Co-Director, Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead,
Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham
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Professor Mary Bishop

Non-Executive Director, CIPFA Student and Members Board / CIPFA Commercial Board
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Mark Budd

Head of Innovation
Zurich
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Roz Bulleid

Deputy Policy Director
Green Alliance
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Andrew Burns

Associate Director
CIPFA
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Peter Cheese

Chief Executive
CIPD
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Amy Crowson

IMPOWER
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Drew Cullen

Director, Policy and Membership
CIPFA
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The Rt Hon. Lord Deben

Founder, Sancroft and Chairman, the Committee on Climate Change
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Paul Dossett

Partner
Grant Thornton
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Mike Driver

Senior Responsible Officer, Borders and Managed Quarantine Service, HM Government and CIPFA President 2021/22
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Taryn Eves

Director of Financial Management
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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Chris Forrester

Head of Finance and Customer Services
Redditch and Bromsgrove Council (Shared Service)
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Will Goodchild

CIPFA Student President
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Professor Donna Hall CBE

Non Executive Director
C.Co
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Richard Hallewell

Director
CCTPA
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Ed Hammond

Deputy Chief Executive
Centre for Governance and Scrutiny
student

Fay Hammond

Executive Director, Resources
Enfield Council
plenary

Chris Hopkins

Associate Director
Savanta ComRes
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Anna Howard

Head of Qualifications and Membership,
CIPFA
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Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
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Ebony Hughes

Director, IMPOWER
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Emily Jarratt

Senior Policy Advisor and Knowledge Hub co-lead
Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI)
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Alan Johnson

President and chair of the board
International Federation of Accountants
student

Suzanne Jones

CIPFA Exam Panel Chair
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Emma Knowles

Director of Policy and Communications
HFMA
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Councillor James Lewis

Leader of Leeds City Council
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Richard Lloyd Bithell

Senior Technical Manager
CIPFA
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Lindsay Maguire

Head of Small Business Policy
Cabinet Office
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Florian Marcus

Digital Transformation Adviser
e-Estonia Briefing Centre
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Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
CIPFA
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June Matte

Managing Director, PFM Financial Advisors, LLC
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Samantha McAlister

Journalist
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Michael McDonagh

Chief Executive
C.Co
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Aasmah Mir

Broadcaster and Journalist
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Ian Owen

Local Government Industry Director
TechnologyOne
plenary

Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI
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George Parker

Political Editor
the Financial Times
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Don Peebles

Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK,
CIPFA
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Joanne Pitt

Local Government Policy Manager
CIPFA
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Matthew Rees

Director
NAO Commercial Hub
plenary

John Reiners

Managing Editor Thought Leadership, EMEA
Oxford Economics
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Tom Riordan

Chief Executive
Leeds City Council
plenary

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Co-Director
Aston Centre for Europe
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Karen Sanderson

Director Public Financial Management
CIPFA
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Mike Savage

Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics
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Peter Schofield

Head of Integrated Commissioning and Procurement
Manchester City Council
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Sarah Shreeves

Head of Training Services
CIPFA
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Tony Summers

Chief Executive
Socitm Advisory
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Nick Timmins

Author and former public policy editor of the Financial Times
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Hardev Virdee

Group CFO
Barts Health
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Belinda Waldock

Business coach, trainer, speaker and author
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Christian Wall

director
PFM Advisors UK
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Jackie Weaver

Chief Officer
Cheshire Association of Local Councils
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Katie White

Executive Director Advocacy and Campaigns
WWF
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Rob Whiteman CBE

CEO, CIPFA

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.

Caroline Al-Beyerty

Chamberlain and Chief Financial Officer
City of London Corporation

Caroline is the Chamberlain and Chief Financial Officer for the City of London Corporation; she is the 81st person, and first female, to be elected to the role. As well as being responsible for the City Corporation’s finances and assets, the role of Chamberlain encompasses important civic and ceremonial responsibilities and dates back as far as 1237.

Caroline joined the City Corporation ten years ago as Financial Services Director and became Deputy Chamberlain in 2016.
Caroline was previously Head of Audit Practice at the Audit Commission, and has worked for 25 years in the public sector, serving as a CIPFA Trustee and council member 2007-12

Hugh Alderwick

Head of Policy
The Health Foundation

Hugh joined the Health Foundation in 2018. He leads the Foundation’s policy team, which works to analyse, understand, and inform national policies on health and social care in England.

Before he joined the Health Foundation, Hugh was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at the University of California, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Hugh’s research in the US focused on health system approaches to addressing patients’ social and economic needs, like unstable housing and food insecurity.

Before that, Hugh worked at The King’s Fund as Senior Policy Adviser to the Chief Executive, where he published research and policy analysis on a range of topics, including national NHS reforms, integration of health and social care services, and opportunities for health systems to improve population health. He also provided policy advice to the NHS and government.

Hugh has also worked as a management consultant at PwC, working on health policy and improvement, and on Sir John Oldham’s Independent Commission on Whole Person Care.

Hala Audi

CEO
The Trinity Challenge

Hala leads The Trinity Challenge as its first CEO.  She brings to the Challenge her passion and expertise to improve health outcomes by looking for social, business and economic innovation to solve some of the most complex global health issues.

She led the Review on AMR chaired by Jim O’Neill, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister and the Wellcome Trust in 2014.  The Review helped to transform global awareness of the problem of drug resistance and increase fivefold the level of public and private investment for scientific research in the field.  It produced micro and macro-economic modelling and policy proposals that are now being implemented nationally and discussed by key decision makers in the G7, the G20 and the UN.

Hala’s twenty year career spans the law (Skadden) and government (HM Treasury in the UK), with expertise in international law, infrastructure, and complex programmes delivery. She studied law at Université Paris II-Assas and Columbia Law School in New York, and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government and the LSE (MPA 2008).

Hala is French and Lebanese. She was born in Beirut, where she goes back regularly, and grew up in Paris. She lives in London with her family.

Alix Bedford


Risk Proposition Manager, Zurich

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’s current role involves looking at the key emerging and evolving areas of risk impacting the public sector now and in the future. Alix is leading on Sustainability risk within Zurich Municipal, looking at Climate, Workforce and Data risk areas particularly.


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Kellie Beirne

Director
Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Kellie Beirne is the Director of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, an agreement between the UK government, Welsh government and the ten local authority Leaders of South East Wales as part of a £1.2bn growth fund.

Kellie was formerly Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Monmouthshire County Council. Kellie is a board member of Research England, the largest of UKRI’s funding bodies and a member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales. Kellie is passionate about civic regarding entrepreneurship and is a champion of the wider Research and Innovation agenda.  Kellie is a busy mum to two girls and lives in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.

Torsten Bell

Chief Executive
Resolution Foundation

Torsten is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that combines analytical rigour with policy prescriptions to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. He has a background in economic policy, with his current research focuses including inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, and housing and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant. Torsten is a trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Holly Birkett

Co-Director, Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead,
Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham

Dr. Holly Birkett is Co-Director of the Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and Impact Lead for Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham. Holly’s research fields are work inclusivity and career transitions. She is currently Co-Director of the Equal Parenting Project and is currently conducting research into: flexible working during COVID-19 and future intentions regarding working practices, parental leave policies and fathers in the workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has conducted longitudinal research with employees and managers about their experiences with homeworking during COVID-19 and the implications for future working practices in conjunction with Dr. Sarah Forbes from the University of Birmingham and colleagues at the University of Kent.

Professor Mary Bishop


Non-Executive Director, CIPFA Student and Members Board / CIPFA Commercial Board

Mary is a Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), a former Director of Learning for ACCA Global she led the ACCA qualification, CPD for accountants/auditors and ACCA finance qualifications for non-accountants.  With responsibility for over 500,000 students and 200,000 members her experience of learner needs spans both SMEs and listed companies across circa 200 countries as well as academic institutions.  With industry experience herself as a leader in education, technology, manufacturing and utility businesses, she is an author of over 15 books including the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Accounting.

With executive leadership experience in universities both in business schools and central student services, registry and partnership management (UK and international), Mary currently holds a portfolio of non-executive roles.  This includes for CIPFA’s Student and Members Board and Commercial Board, as well as a National Institutional TEF panellist, a member of the statutory quality assessment advisory committee to the Office for Students Board and a representative on the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment. She sits on the Board of Arden University and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and the Board of a group of post-18 colleges in Asia.  Mary sits on the British Accreditation Council and Audit Committee and also Bristol University Audit Committee.  With extensive board level experience, she leads an education ‘trusted advisor’ consultancy focusing particularly on developing strategy, commercial academic models, governance and risk management, innovation in academic qualifications and digital/blended pedagogy, as well as regulatory compliance.

With contributions to parliamentary research and women in accountancy initiatives over the past 25 years, in 2016 she was awarded honorary Chartered Accountancy status for her contribution to global accountancy education.

 

 

Mark Budd

Head of Innovation
Zurich

Mark Budd has been in insurance and banking and for over 20 years having worked at HSBC, Aviva and now Zurich. Mark currently heads up Innovation for Zurich in the UK and has a wealth of experience of working with start-ups, new technologies and testing new propositions. Mark was Insurance Post’s Digital and Insurtech “Insurance Technology Leader of Year” in 2018 and his team have won numerous awards since the Innovation Foundry was established just over 2 years ago.

Roz Bulleid

Deputy Policy Director
Green Alliance

Roz is deputy policy director at the independent environmental thinktank and charity Green Alliance, helping coordinate its policy work across a range of different topics. Prior to Green Alliance, Roz worked at the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, where she led the team working on climate, energy and environment policies affecting the sector, including emissions trading, energy pricing, chemicals regulation and air pollution. She began her career in research and then worked as an environmental journalist. Roz studied Biology and Geography at the University of Bristol and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London.

Andrew Burns

Associate Director
CIPFA

Andrew Burns is an Associate Director and Fellow 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 and a Non-Executive Director at the Housing Plus Group, a Charitable Community Benefit Society providing homes and care services across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

 

 

Peter Cheese

Chief Executive
CIPD

Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.

Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director, leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.

Amy Crowson


IMPOWER

Amy joined IMPOWER in December 2015 and has over ten years’ Local Government experience, starting her career at Buckinghamshire County Council as a Finance Graduate Trainee. Amy has extensive financial and commercial experience and is a qualified CIPFA accountant. She is currently a member of the CIPFA National Council and also a former President of CIPFA South East Council.

 

Drew Cullen

Director, Policy and Membership
CIPFA

Drew Cullen was appointed to direct CIPFA’s communications in 2007. Drew brings to the role a wide range of experience from marketing, brand management, communications, media relations, and public affairs. Drew previously worked as director of communications and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Prior to this role, he was the head of marketing and communications at the Royal College of Nursing and the publisher for its magazine and journal division. Overall, Drew has over 25 years’ experience of working in professional publishing, membership organisations, charities and the not-for-profit sector. He has a successful track record of staging high profile events and delivering effective communications and campaigns including community action.

Drew has a BA in English from the University of London, and an MBA from the University of Westminster Business School. He has served as a school governor, a trustee of an international development charity, and is currently a trustee of London’s world famous Borough Market.

The Rt Hon. Lord Deben


Founder, Sancroft and Chairman, the Committee on Climate Change

The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.  Lord Deben is Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advisers Association. He was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had (1993-97).  His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury.  He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense.

Paul Dossett

Partner
Grant Thornton

Paul is a CIPFA qualified accountant who has worked on local government and NHS audit, assurance and advisory projects for over 30 years.  He chairs the firm’s Local Government Board, and currently audits a number of high profile councils including Cornwall, Brent and Kent County Council  and provides assurances on a range of government grants to both public sector and private sector bodies.

Paul has been carrying out audit of local bodies for nearly 35 years.

His career audit experience has included:

  • Audit of London boroughs,  unitary authorities’, Mets, and County Councils.
  • Audit of major teaching hospitals across London including Barts, GSTT and St. Georges.

Paul is also a member of CIPFA’s Public Financial Management Board.

Mike Driver


Senior Responsible Officer, Borders and Managed Quarantine Service, HM Government and CIPFA President 2021/22

Mike moved into government finance in 1999 and held a number of senior roles from 2012 including Chief Financial Officer at the Department for Work & Pensions and Ministry of Justice. In 2017 Mike was appointed to Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, a position he held for over 3 years to drive the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance Function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes. Mike has a plethora of additional roles including a non-executive board member of Shared Services Connect Limited.

Taryn Eves

Director of Financial Management
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Taryn is the current Director of Financial Management at Kensington and Chelsea Council and deputy 151 officer. Taryn joined in 2018 as Head of Financial Strategy and quite soon after moved into her current role.

Prior to joining Kensington and Chelsea, Taryn spent 18 years at London Borough of Bexley, in a number of different roles. Straight from doing an MSc in economics, she joined as data analysis officer for the 2001 Census but  then as part of the Corporate Strategy team spent a number of years developing and delivering the Council’s corporate and business planning processes.

As austerity started to hit in 2010, Taryn moved into a role which focussed on transformation and re-design with Adult and Children’s Social Care – looking at how to achieve the same or more for less.

Two children later and wanting a new challenge, she was persuaded a career in finance would be a great next step. Taryn qualified via the CIPFA accelerated route and moved across to finance – as Business Partner and then leading financial strategy at Bexley.

Maybe because of her background or just because of her passion for the public sector, Taryn will always remind herself and others that the numbers are important but the story and the insight behind the numbers is just as important.

Her vision for the next few years  – to further strengthen her department to ensure they are an integral part of the Council and its decision making and developing finance professionals of the future.

 

Chris Forrester

Head of Finance and Customer Services
Redditch and Bromsgrove Council (Shared Service)

Chris is the Head of Finance and Customer Services at Redditch and Bromsgrove Council (Shared Service). He started his career at City of Wolverhampton Council training as a CIPFA accountant and currently works at Bromsgrove and Redditch shared service where he has spent the last 18 months driving a modernisation agenda within finance and customer services at the council

 

Will Goodchild


CIPFA Student President

Will Goodchild is a Finance Business Partner at Essex County Council and serves as President of the CIPFA Student Network.


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Professor Donna Hall CBE

Non Executive Director
C.Co

Donna was awarded a CBE for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. She was CEO of Wigan Council and developed The Wigan Deal – a new relationship with residents which delivered 160 million savings and improved services and resident satisfaction. She was also accountable officer for the CCG at Wigan. She created another social contract with residents while CEO at Chorley Council – The Chorley Smile. She is now Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Professor of Politics at the The University of Manchester. She is a Non-Executive Adviser to Birmingham City Council and an Integrated Care System Adviser to NHS England.

Richard Hallewell

Director
CCTPA

As well as his role for CCTPA, Richard also has senior leadership roles within several global technology associations. Since 2015 he has concentrated on advising central and local government about the potential impacts of tech solutions with a particular emphasis on Fintech, GreenTech & Procurement. He is a passionate believer that every pound saved for local government is a pound that can be spent delivering the critical services they provide. He is particularly proud of having created the Banking and Finance Procurement Framework which can save up to 70% of payment processing costs.

 

Ed Hammond

Deputy Chief Executive
Centre for Governance and Scrutiny

Ed is CfGS’s Deputy Chief Executive. He joined the organisation in 2008, having begun his career in local authority governance and scrutiny.

Ed leads CfGS’s thinking on the improvement and development of governance in local authorities. He led on the production the CfGS/Localis “Governance risk and resilience framework”, and is currently carrying out work funded by Joseph Rowntree on how governance may transform in light of the pandemic.

Ed also leads on the design and delivery of CfGS’s research programme. Recent products include guidance on the links between scrutiny and audit, and additions to CfGS’s body of research on local authorities changing governance model between executive arrangements and the committee system.

Other recent work has included producing statutory guidance on behalf of Welsh Government to support local authorities to carry out remote meetings – as well as carrying out work supporting councils on remote meetings in England.

Ed provides support to English councils directly, alongside others in the team. Ed is currently involved in providing support on governance and constitutional improvement for Croydon and Liverpool, alongside colleagues from the LGA.

Fay Hammond

Executive Director, Resources
Enfield Council

Chris Hopkins

Associate Director
Savanta ComRes

Chris is an Associate Director at Savanta ComRes, having joined in early 2019. Chris is Savanta ComRes’ political research specialist, working alongside media organisations, political parties, trade unions, think tanks and campaign groups to meet their research objectives. Chris also leads on and develops Savanta ComRes’ own political research, creating their daily coronavirus tracker, monthly political tracker and Scottish and Welsh voting surveys ahead of the elections in May. Chris regularly appears in the media, including on BBC, ITV, Sky News and LBC.

Anna Howard

Head of Qualifications and Membership,
CIPFA

Anna is CIPFA’s Head of Qualifications and Membership. She is a chartered accountant with 15 years’ experience within the Higher Education sector after achieving a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University. After working as an accountant in practice she completed an MSc in Accounting with Finance before joining London South Bank University (LSBU) as a lecturer in management accounting. Over the next five years, she achieved remarkable success and was promoted rapidly, first to Senior Lecturer then to Associate Professor of Enterprise Education in 2016 and Head of the Division of Business and Enterprise.

In 2017, Anna won a ‘WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Award within the ‘Education and Academia’ category, selected for their excellence in training and educational practice. The awards are designed to recognise the achievements of women who have excelled in their chosen field of business.

After leaving LSBU, went to become Academic Dean at Regent College London before joining CIPFA in 2020.

Sophie Howe


Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

With a remit set out in law to be “the guardian of the interests of future generations in Wales”, Sophie Howe is the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner. Described by The Guardian as the “World’s first minister of the Unborn”, her role is to provide advice to the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being for current and future generations and assessing and reporting on how they are delivering.

Sophie took up post in 2016 and has led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations. Described by the Big Issue Magazine as one of the UK’s leading Changemakers, her interventions have secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing – ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future. She has represented Wales at the UN the OECD and on a number of International Forums including Chairing the Network of Institutions for Future Generations.

Prior to this role Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales where she led programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls, focusing on early intervention and partnership working. She reformed programmes on substance misuse and offender management and led the first police programme designed to address childhood adversities.

Sophie has served as an Adviser to two Welsh First Ministers providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, equality and community safety where she led to development of Wales’ first legislation to tackle violence against women and girls.

She was an elected Councillor for 9 years from the age of 21 and she wrote the 2009 report of the Councillors Commission which led to legislative reforms on increasing diversity amongst elected members. She has a background in equality and diversity having managed the Legal Department of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

She is named in the top 100 Business Women in Wales, is a fellow at Cardiff University Business School and Swansea University, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a degree in law and politics.

Ebony Hughes


Director, IMPOWER

A qualified accountant, Ebony joined IMPOWER in 2011 wanting to apply her consulting skillset in a dedicated public services environment – and has never looked back. With a background in financial advisory services, she has extensive experience in shaping and supporting transformation in some of the most complex environments across local government. Ebony believes that councils should take an outcomes-driven approach to financial sustainability, and enjoys helping leaders to surface and tackle the real obstacles to positive and lasting change.

Outside of work Ebony can usually be found indulging her love of good food, or out and about on adventures with her family. Right now there’s not much she doesn’t know about astronauts and firefighters!

Emily Jarratt

Senior Policy Advisor and Knowledge Hub co-lead
Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI)

Emily is a Senior Policy Advisor and Knowledge Hub co-lead at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI). The CDEI is an advisory body, led by a board of specialists, that was set up by the UK government to investigate and advise on how we maximise the benefits of data-driven technologies. Emily led the Centre’s monitoring work as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, producing a retrospective reflecting on the pandemic’s effects on the use of data-driven technologies. She is now co-lead of CDEI’s Knowledge Hub, which seeks to create tools and promote best practice for responsible innovation in the public sector.

Alan Johnson

President and chair of the board
International Federation of Accountants

Alan Johnson became the President and chair of the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFA) in November 2020, having previously served as Deputy President from 2018-2020 and as a board member since November 2015.

Mr. Johnson is a former Non-executive Director of Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A., a food retailer with operations in Portugal, Poland, and Colombia, having completed his board mandate in 2016. He is currently the independent Chairman of the company’s Internal Control Committee. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Jerónimo Martins from 2012 to 2014. Between 2005 and 2011 he served as Chief Audit Executive for the Unilever Group. Mr. Johnson also served as Chief Financial Officer of Unilever’s Global Foods businesses and worked for Unilever for 35 years in various finance positions in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Committee between 2011 and 2015, a member of the ACCA’s Market Oversight Committee between 2006 and 2012 and chair of ACCA’s Accountants for Business Global Forum until 2018. He was a member of the board of Gildat Strauss Israel between 2003 and 2004. Mr. Johnson is the chair of the board of governors of St. Julian’s School in Portugal and chairs its Finance & Bursaries Committees. In October 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council and chairs its audit committee. Between July 2018 and September 2020 he was a non-executive director of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and chaired its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. He joined the board of Imperial Brands plc in January 2021 as a non-executive director, and is a member of the Audit and the Succession & Nominations Committees.

Suzanne Jones


CIPFA Exam Panel Chair


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Emma Knowles

Director of Policy and Communications
HFMA

Emma has worked for the HFMA since January 2013 and is responsible for the Association’s policy, technical and research work. She is also responsible for the Association’s communications and marketing activities.

Prior to joining the HFMA Emma worked for the Audit Commission for 13 years. She was responsible for the Commission’s national health studies and providing advice and guidance to auditors on financial management and governance issues.

Earlier on in her career Emma worked for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and was lead on the Institute’s financial management and policy work in health, social services and central government. Emma trained as an accountant in the NHS, working for both Kingston and Richmond Health Authority and Kingston and District Community NHS Trust.

Emma is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Councillor James Lewis


Leader of Leeds City Council

Cllr James Lewis has been Leader of Leeds City Council since February 2021, having previously been Deputy Leader of the Council since May 2015.  In May 2021, the newly elected Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, also appointed Cllr Lewis as the Deputy Mayor of West Yorkshire.

Cllr Lewis has responsibility in Leeds for devolution and local freedoms as well as leading the Council’s budget and strategic planning matched to the needs of the citizens and communities in its area and ensuring the delivery of strategic priorities.

Cllr Lewis was first elected as a Labour Councillor to represent the Barwick and Kippax ward, now the Kippax and Methley ward, in 2003.  He has held numerous positions during his time as a Councillor, including being the Chair of Metro (West Yorkshire’s Integrated Transport Authority) between 2011 and 2015.

 

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.

 

 

Lindsay Maguire

Head of Small Business Policy
Cabinet Office

Lindsay is the Head of Small Business Policy at the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for working with all government departments to drive up engagement with SMEs and tackle barriers faced by SMEs working with government. She joined the Government Commercial Organisation in 2016, initially working as senior category leader in DWP, leading on a project which was awarded a CIPS Award for the Most innovative use of technology. Prior to joining the civil service, she gained 10+ commercial experience from the private sector, working in the Aerospace, property management and FMCG sectors for both large multinationals and SMEs, including spending 5 years abroad in Germany, Netherlands and Canada working on complex projects.

Florian Marcus

Digital Transformation Adviser
e-Estonia Briefing Centre

Florian Marcus works as a Digital Transformation Adviser at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre where he shares insights into Estonia’s digital developments with political decision-makers and business leaders around the world to help other countries with their digitalisation journeys. He holds two Master’s Degrees in the field of political studies from the UK and Estonia, and also serves as a Member of the UNDP’s Roster of Experts on e-Government.

Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
CIPFA

Jeffrey Matsu is Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). 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.


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June Matte


Managing Director, PFM Financial Advisors, LLC

June is a Managing Director of PFM Financial Advisors LLC and leads PFM’s efforts in the UK.  June brings over 30 years of experience providing her expertise on credit strategy, risk assessment, financing options and cash-flow optimisation to local and regional governments. She also has a wealth of experience in assisting universities navigate the complex areas of strategic and capital planning. June and her team currently serve as the managed service provider for the UK Municipal Bonds Agency.

June earned her degree in International Economics from Georgetown University and holds an MBA in Finance from Boston University.


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Samantha McAlister

Journalist

Sam McAlister is the interviews producer on BBC 2’s flagship news programme Newsnight, securing head-to-head pieces with Silicon Valley CEOs, world leaders
and Hollywood stars. A former barrister she turned to journalism after a successful career in criminal law and has since negotiated with everyone from Buckingham
Palace to the White House, Facebook to Tesla.

Working in a largely unseen role, Sam undertakes the delicate negotiations that underpin some of the biggest exclusive interviews in British news. From the initial
approaches through research and up to the filming of the piece, she builds and maintains relationships with subjects and their representatives whilst retaining
journalistic integrity.

Exclusives Sam has secured include interviews with Sheryl Sandberg, Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Elon Musk, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trevor Noah and Eric Schmidt. As well as the subjects themselves she works closely with journalists like Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Paxman, Evan Davis and Emma Barnett to brief, write
questions and rehearse these carefully planned features.

Most notably Sam led negotiations for the ground-breaking interview with HRH Prince Andrew. The first time a senior royal had agreed to such a journalistic
interview, and in the midst of an international scandal, it went on to make headlines around the world and have a serious impact on the Royal Family itself.
Having directly negotiated with the Royal Household and the Prince himself, Sam talks revealingly about the careful personal and professional relationships that
were key to the talks. She also looks at what the interview revealed about leadership, reputation and communication in the modern age.

With examples from other set-piece interviews Sam also examines the practicalities of how to understand who you’re dealing with, and what they’ll be
prepared to agree to. She studies the persuasion, compromise and empathy required to develop both trust and understanding between all parties, and also the
right questions – questions that will not be met with rejection or hostility, whilst still being searching and relevant to the audience.

Michael McDonagh

Chief Executive
C.Co

Michael is the Chief Executive of Cipfa C.Co which is a consultancy working across the Public Sector. C.Co specialises in outcomes focused advisory services providing clear evidenced views which support clients to deliver better outcomes for people.  He Chair’s Essex Cares Limited, an adult social care business, is a Board Member at Housing 21, one of England’s most influential providers of accommodation, support and care for older people and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Prior to joining C.Co Michael spent most of his career in professional services, primarily at KPMG  where Michael headed up a significant part of KPMG’s public sector business, He was a KPMG’s UK Head of Sales and KPMG’s UK Chief Operating Officer. He has worked extensively overseas and undertook significant work in the area of Digital and Data.

 

 

 

Aasmah Mir


Broadcaster and Journalist

Aasmah Mir is a Sony Gold Award-winning broadcaster who presents the Breakfast show on Times Radio alongside Stig Abell. In addition, she has a popular column in The Times newspaper every Thursday

Before joining The Times, she was the popular co-presenter of ‘Saturday Live‘ on BBC Radio 4 alongside Rev Richard Coles for 5 years.  She regularly reports for ITV during elections and for their flagship current affairs programme ‘Tonight”

In 2017 she was part of the presenting team for ITV’s General Election coverage, reporting from Birmingham on the West Midlands seats. In 2015 she was part of the ITV team for the 2015 election and, in 2014, co-hosted ‘Scotland Decides’, ITV’s live results programme for the Scottish independence referendum.

In 2016, she presented a live EU referendum debate online for the Telegraph between leading Leavers and Remainers including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond.

Born and brought up in Glasgow to Pakistani parents, Aasmah graduated in law from Bristol University.

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.

Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI in the UK and Ireland. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. He has been CEO since 2009. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour. From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health. He is a visiting Professor at Kings College London, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on the ESRC Council and the CBI Council for London.

George Parker

Political Editor
the Financial Times

George Parker is the Political Editor of the Financial Times, a post he has held since 2007. Previously he was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels, giving him a rare insight from both the EU and Westminster perspective into the forces and personalities shaping Brexit.

George has covered some of the most dramatic events in recent British politics, including the financial crash of 2008, the coalition government, the Scottish referendum, the EU Brexit referendum and the self-imposed minority government of Theresa May.

His authority on a range of subjects – notably British politics and Brexit – has made him a sought after commentator. He is a regular presenter of Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and has appeared on programmes including BBC1’s Andrew Marr show and R4’s Today programme.

George is a regular speaker and moderator of events, including a recent FT Brexit summit featuring Tony Blair and in a crucial Brexit press conference, in which Thersa May was forced to deny having “George Parker on my mind”.

Don Peebles

Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK,
CIPFA

Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work.

Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as Policy & Technical Officer becoming Policy & Technical Manager in 2004 before becoming Head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013.

In April 2014 Don also became CIPFA’s Head of Devolved Government and in April 2015 assumed further responsibility for Financial Management in CIPFA.

In 2014, Don led on the Institute’s work on the Scottish referendum and that same year was appointed as the expert budget adviser to the Welsh Assembly’s Finance Committee for the 2015/16 budget process.

Don has led CIPFA’s work on local taxation in Scotland and was a member of the Commission on Local Tax Reform which reported in December 2015.  In September 2015, he was appointed to the Scottish Parliament Budget Review Group.

In January 2018, Don was appointed Head of Policy & Technical and leads CIPFA’s team of technical and policy experts and is responsible for all of CIPFA’s codes of practice and guidance and ensuring that CIPFA’s ‘policy voice’ is prominent.

Outside of work Don is happily married with 2 grown-up sons.  At weekends Don will usually be on the golf course or can be seen ‘walking down the Halbeath Road’.


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Joanne Pitt

Local Government Policy Manager
CIPFA

Joanne is an experienced local government adviser with 25 years in the public sector. 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. She is the author of numerous publications on topics such as government funding, housing, and financial sustainability.

Through her work with CFOs across the country, she supports local government improvement and reform using data analysis and strong evidence-based insight. As a key part of CIPFA’s policy team, Joanne has represented the Institute on the BBC, local and national radio, and is a regularly quoted in the press.

 

Matthew Rees

Director
NAO Commercial Hub

Matthew has recently returned to the NAO to lead our work on Commercial, having previously led our corporate finance value for money practice.

His private sector career spans audit, valuations, investment banking, and consultancy, and he has advised clients in various international jurisdictions. He has corporate governance experience as a senior independent non-executive director and audit & risk committee chair.

Matthew also has extensive experience of competition and economic regulation, having delivered a wide range of regulatory functions and engaged with government and commercial counterparties across many industries including financial services, energy, water and defence.

Matthew is professionally qualified in accounting and corporate finance and a member of several professional and membership bodies.

Follow Matthew on LinkedIn and Twitter.

John Reiners

Managing Editor Thought Leadership, EMEA
Oxford Economics

John Reiners oversees Oxford Economics’ Thought Leadership projects across EMEA. He works across business sectors and disciplines, working with his economist colleagues to quantify the benefits of technology and business transformation. Recent studies have focused on how businesses and economies recover post pandemic, and how technology can help address the climate challenge.

Prior to Oxford Economics, John spent 25 years as an accountant in the technology sector, a management consultant with PwC and more recently a researcher and writer on global public sector issues for IBM’s Institute of Business Value.

 

Tom Riordan

Chief Executive
Leeds City Council

Tom has been Chief Executive of Leeds City Council since 2010 and during this time has overseen a significant transformation of the city, which is halfway through a £10bn investment pipeline, including strong carbon reduction programmes like a district heating system. Tom was instrumental in securing a range of successes to the city, notably the new Channel 4 headquarters, the UK Infrastructure Bank, the Bank of England’s northern hub, Burberry and Sky, and world leading sporting events such as the Tour de France and World Triathlon. Tom’s top priority is for Leeds’ growth to be inclusive, championing mental health and diversity causes in the city.

Leeds City Council won the MJ’s Council of the Year award in 2016 and was named Digital Council of the Year in the 2019 Digital Leaders 100 awards. For his commitment to the region, Tom was awarded Yorkshire Man of the Year 2017 and most recently CBE for services to local government in the 2020 New Year’s Honours. He is also a trustee on the Centre for Cities Board, and the Council’s mental health champion.

Tom has come full-circle from a North Yorkshire state education, via Oxford University, a Civil Service fast-stream career in international environmental policy and then leading the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward.

Tom chairs the Leeds Academic Health Partnership and has held various roles promoting local and central government engagement, including devising the local COVID contain framework during the pandemic.

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Co-Director
Aston Centre for Europe

Dr Carolyn Rowe is Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe (@Aston_ACE), an inter-disciplinary hub for policy-relevant research and knowledge transfer on Europe, based at Aston University in Birmingham. Carolyn has expertise in the analysis of German politics and federalism, and is co-author of a book on “Decentralising Policy Responsibility and Political Authority in Germany” (Palgrave, 2021). She has provided analysis on the role of the German Länder in the European Union to a number of EU bodies, the UK Shadow Europe team and the Scottish Parliament.

Karen Sanderson

Director Public Financial Management
CIPFA

Karen leads the teams responsible for CIPFA’s technical content, which includes global and UK thought leadership on public financial management and the accounting codes for local government in the UK. Karen has deep experience of public sector financial management developed across a number of government entities including HM Treasury in the United Kingdom and New South Wales Treasury in Australia. Karen is a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board’s Consultative Advisory Group.

Karen delivered the first ever UK Whole of Government Accounts published in 2011. She has been involved in setting accounting standards for central government, setting up frameworks for the management of public sector financial assets and liabilities, government finance statistical reporting and the systems used to support whole of government financial reporting. Karen has also led public sector policy development and reform.

Mike Savage

Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and the former Director/ co-founder of the International Inequalities Institute, one of the world’s premier centres for research and teaching focusing on the contemporary challenge of inequality. He has long standing interests in the study of class and inequality, especially recognising the cultural processes involved in class divisions. His work with the BBC on the Great British Class Survey was widely discussed and led to the book ‘Social Class in the 21st Century’. His new book ‘The challenge of inequality: social change and the weight of history’ will be published by Harvard University Press in 2021.

 

Peter Schofield

Head of Integrated Commissioning and Procurement
Manchester City Council

Originally qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Peter has had a varied career with over 40 years working strategically and operationally in the Public Sector.

Currently Head of Integrated Commissioning and Procurement at Manchester City Council, this was preceded by 7 years delivering a collaborative procurement programme for Greater Manchester, delivering efficiencies and supporting transformation across a wide range of Local Authority service areas.

Peter has promoted an emphasis on Social Value to support delivery of local and regional objectives and is currently working to improve approaches to Contract Management that will ensure that Social Value and carbon reduction are at the heart of service design and delivery.

Sarah Shreeves

Head of Training Services
CIPFA

Sarah is Head of Training Services at CIPFA, and has responsibility for the delivery of CIPFA’s portfolio of training and qualification programmes, including the Professional Qualification and apprenticeship programmes. She is a highly experienced learning and development specialist and prior to joining CIPFA worked in a number roles managing accredited learning – for a commercial subsidiary of the University of Hertfordshire, with the Chartered Management Institute and with a private-sector training provider. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in Education and a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Leadership and Management.

Tony Summers

Chief Executive
Socitm Advisory

Tony has dedicated his career to supporting the transformation of local services as a CIPFA qualified Director and Chief Executive of the Advisory practice of the professional body for digital leaders in local government.

Tony leads Socitm Advisory’s engagements in the public sector through the delivery of support to help public sector organisations with their current transformational challenges. With a greater focus in recent years of directing digitally enabled transformation programmes in the wider public sector, his career also includes overseeing high profile projects such as public sector mergers, local and central government shared services, commercialisation and alternative delivery models.

 

Nick Timmins


Author and former public policy editor of the Financial Times

Nicholas Timmins is a senior fellow at the King’s Fund and the Institute for Government.

A former public policy editor of the Financial Times, he has written accounts for those organisations of the creation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and of its fall out: the first five years of NHS England.

He is the author of the award-winning The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State which currently tells its story from Beveridge to 2017. He is also an honorary FRCP.

Hardev Virdee

Group CFO
Barts Health

Born in Birmingham, Hardev grew up with a strong value for reducing the level of inequalities faced by many communities.

Hardev completed an Economics and Finance degree at Manchester University which led to gaining a place on the NHS Finance Graduate Scheme. After completing his CIPFA qualification Hardev worked in various NHS organisations across the West Midlands. However, in order to pursue further opportunities Hardev moved to London and worked at the Strategic Health Authority.

At a relatively early age Hardev took up his first Board role as Director of Finance at Hounslow Primary Care Trust followed by several other commissioning Board roles in London. Moving to Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group Hardev combined his Chief Finance Officer (CFO) role with leading on reducing health inequalities across the borough, working closely with community groups.

After spending time in commissioning Hardev switched to working in a provider organisation as CFO of Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) which is one of the largest combined Mental Health and Community Trusts in the country. Having worked on a number of projects and a wide portfolio at CNWL Hardev took up the role as Group CFO of Barts Health – a group organisation managing several acute hospitals across London. Recently Hardev was appointed as Chair of the National Finance Academy which reflects his passion for development and inclusion.

Belinda Waldock


Business coach, trainer, speaker and author

Belinda is an agile business coach, trainer, speaker and author. She supports organisations and teams to adopt an agile way of working to enhance their wellbeing, productivity and growth.

Belinda’s book, Being Agile in Business is a popular non-technical introduction to agile thinking, approaches and culture.

Her business, ‘being agile’ works with teams across a variety of areas to adopt agile thinking and practices, helping them to grow and sustain an agile culture in their organisations.

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

Jackie Weaver

Chief Officer
Cheshire Association of Local Councils

Jackie Weaver is the Chief Officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils and passionate advocate for the Town and Parish Council Sector. The recent viral Handforth meeting provided a platform for raising awareness of these often unsung heroes and heroines of our communities and endeavours to increase diversity in the sector.

Katie White

Executive Director Advocacy and Campaigns
WWF

Katie White is Executive Director Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK (Jobshare). Two priority areas for Katie in her leadership role at WWF are tackling climate change and shifting the food system. Katie has spent her career pressing governments to face up to the challenges of climate change. Prior to joining WWF, she co-led the campaign at Friends of the Earth for what became the 2008 Climate Change Act. She then worked for the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, preparing for the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Since leaving government, Katie has also been Campaigns Director at The One Campaign. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to tackling climate change engagement in the UK and overseas.

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.


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