Current council

CIPFA council is the institute's overarching governing body. The council sets the strategic direction, approves the business plan and budget, makes appointments including trustees and to the subcommittees, approves co-options to council, and approves standards of professional practice.

2023/24 officers


President

Caroline RassellCaroline Rassell CPFA 
CEO Parkinson's UK 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 
Commercial Board 
Nominations Committee 
Remuneration Committee 


Vice President

Carol Culley

Carol Culley OBE CPFA 
Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, Manchester City Council 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 
Public Financial Management Board, Chair 
Nominations Committee 
Remuneration Committee 


Junior Vice President 

Sir Mark Lowcock, CIPFA council memberSir Mark Lowcock 
Distinguished Non-resident Fellow 
Centre for Global Development 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 
Nominations Committee 
Remuneration Committee 


Past President

Jayne OwenJayne Owen CPFA 
Finance and Resources Director, North Wales Housing Association 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 
Nominations Committee 
Remuneration Committee 
Ex-officio on all other boards 


The 2023/25 Institute Council members

Adesola David Adepoju

Adesola David Adepoju CPFA, FCA – Elected (Africa)
Team Lead Auditor/Office of Auditor General For The Federation

Member of:
Public Policy and Reform Forum 

 

 


Naeem AhmedNaeem Ahmed CPFA – Elected (South East including Channel Islands) 
Director of Finance (Children, Education, Adults, Health and Integration) at London Borough of Hackney 

Member of: 
Nominations Committee 

 


Caroline Al-BeyertyCaroline Al-Beyerty CPFA – Elected (South East including Channel Islands) 
Chamberlain, City of London Corporation 

Member of: 
Public Financial Management Board, Vice Chair 

 

 


Deirdre Bane CPFA - Co-opted Deidre Bane
Senior Finance Specialist Institute of Public Administration, Dublin 

Member of: 
Student and Members Board

 

 


David BlairDavid Blair – Elected (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland)  
NI Protocol – Finance, Northern Ireland Civil Service

 

Member of: 
Student and Members Board 

 

 


Theresa ChannellTheresa Channell – Elected (The Midlands) 
Service Director Finance  

Chesterfield Borough Council 

Member of: 
Student and Members Board 

 


Amy CrowsonAmy Crowson CPFA – Elected (South East including Channel Islands) 
Senior Manager, PWC 

Member of: 
Student and Members Board, Vice Chair

 

 


Jim DafterJim Dafter – Elected (North East) 
Senior Manager, Mazars LLP 

Member of: 
Governance and Assurance Forum

 

 

Nadeem DeanNadeem Dean CPFA - Elected (The Americas)
Treasurer/Director of Finance for the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, Ontario, Canada 

Member of: 
Finance Work Force Forum

 

 


Dr D Joyce Christina DharmarajDr. D Joyce Christina Dharmaraj – Elected (Asia Pacific)  
Deputy Director, National Accounting Institute, Accountant General's Department of Malaysia

Member of: 
Student and Members Board

 


Stephanie DonaldsonStephanie Donaldson CPFA – Elected (North West) 
Executive Director of Business Resources, National Museums Liverpool 

Member of: 
Audit Committee

 

 


Amanda DowseAmanda Dowse – Elected (Scotland) 
Head of Finance, Accountant in Bankruptcy 

Member of: 
Nominations Committee 

 

 


Peter GillettPeter Gillett CPFA – Elected (The Midlands) 
Executive Director of Commercial and Financial Services, 
Sussex Police and Surrey Police 

Member of: 

Public Policy and Reform Forum 

 


Photo of Aneil Jhumat

Aneil Jhumat CPFA, CMIIA, MBA – Co-opted
Operational Director – Health and Home Affairs
Government Internal Audit Agency

Member of: 
Governance and Assurance Forum

 

 

 


Photo of Lin LuiLin Liu – Co-opted 
Team Leader for Childrens & PH (MA), Bedford Borough Council

Member of: 
Student and Members Board 

 

 


Catherine LittleCatherine Little CPFA - Co-opted 
Head of the Government Finance Function, and Second Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury 

Member of: 
Finance Workforce Forum 

 


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Libby Mason, CIPFA – Co-opted
Ernst and Young, Partner

 

 

 

 


Mark McBrideMark McBride CPFA – Co-opted 
Member of the Northern Ireland 
Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 
Students and Members Board, Chair 
Nominations Committee 
Remuneration Committee 


Leslie Milne – Elected (Europe) Leslie Milne
Principal Administrator, European Commission 

Member of: 
Student and Members Board 

 

 


Rebecca NelsonRebecca Nelson FCPFA – Elected (Wales) 
Director of Finance – Arts Council of Wales 

Member of: 
Public Finance and Management Board 

 

 


Mike NewburyMike Newbury FCPFA - Co-opted 
Director – Local Audit Code and Guidance – NAO

Member of: 
Audit Committee 

 

 


Lee Outhwaite

Lee Outhwaite CPFA - Co-opted 
Chief Finance Officer
NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board

 

Member of: 
Public Policy and Reform

 


Photo of Ian OwenIan Owen – Elected (North West) 
Industry Director - Local Government TechnologyOne

Member of: 
Nominations Committee 

 

 


Nina PhillippidisNina Philippidis – Elected (South West) 
Service Director – Finance & Chief Financial Officer (S151 Officer) South Gloucestershire Council 

Member of: 
Public Finance and Management Board 

 


Mohammed Sajid – Elected (The Midlands) 
Head of Financial Strategy, Birmingham City Council

 

Member of: 
CIPFA Board 


Geoffrey SimpsonGeoffrey Simpson - Co-opted 
Director of Audit Quality Council at the European Court of Auditors 

Member of: 
Public Financial Management Board 

 

 

Dennis SkinnerDennis Skinner – Elected (South East including Channel Islands) 
Director of Improvement Local Government Association 

Member of: 
Governance and Assurance Forum

 

 


Luke SmithLuke Smith – Elected (Yorkshire and Humber) 
Head of Finance for the Department of Health and Social Care 

Member of: 
Audit Committee

 

 


Photo of Ileana SteccoliniIleana Steccolini, PhD – Co-opted Professor of Accounting and Director of Research, Essex Business School

Member of:
Student and Members Board

 

 

 


Photo of Donella Steel

Donella Steel – Elected (Scotland) 
Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Historic Environment Scotland 

Member of: 
Audit Committee 

 

 


Photo of Toshihiko IshiharaProfessor Toshihiko Ishihara – Co-opted
President of CIPFA Japan

 

 

 

 


Photo of Jason Vaughan

Jason Vaughan – co-opted 

Executive Director of Resources & Corporate Services, Somerset Council

Member of:
Audit Committee (Vice Chair)

 

 


Hardev Virdee

Hardev Virdee CPFA - Co-opted 

CFO and NHS Barts Trust 

Member of: 
Finance Workforce Forum, Chair 

 

 


Ian WilliamsIan Williams - Elected 
Group Director of Finance and Corporate Resources 
London Borough of Hackney 

Member of: 
Public Financial Management Board 

 

 

Lee Yale-HelmsLee Yale-Helms FCPFA - Elected 
Director of Finance & Resources 
Birmingham Children’s Trust 

Member of: 
Public Policy and Reform Forum