Member case studies
Our members come from all walks of life and each have their own unique story to tell of their career in public finance, how CIPFA supports them in their careers and what CIPFA means to them.
Central government, UK
Caroline Rolfe - Finance and Business Services Change Programme Deputy Director, Highways England
After training as an accountant and working with the Audit Commission, Caroline moved across into government as chief accountant with responsibility for a balance sheet with over £140bn of assets and High Speed 1.
Cat Little - Director General Public Spending and Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury
Beginning her career at PWC, Cat spent 11 years working on assurance and advisory projects related to government and the wider public sector.
Chris Austin CBE - Department for International Development
In early 2020, Chris was appointed as Counsellor for Regional Development in the British High Commission, Pretoria.
Gareth Davies FCPFA - Comptroller and Auditor General, UK National Audit Office
In 2019 the UK's Prime Minister and the chair of the Public Accounts Committee selected Gareth Davies to become the next head of the National Audit Office (NAO).
Sir Jon Thompson CPFA, CIMA - CEO, Financial Reporting Council and HM Revenue and Customs
In 2019, Jon took up the post of CEO of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which is responsible for the regulation of auditors, accountants and actuaries in the UK.
Lisa Commane - Senior Director of Business Improvement, The Water Services Regulation Authority
In 2013, Lisa took responsibility for Transformation and for Customer Services and ICT strategy, and then operations in 2014.
Matt Jones - External Financial Management Lead, HM Revenue and Customs
Matt leads a team at the heart of HMRC's financial management, who reports on the department's financial position to HM Treasury, working with HM Treasury and other government departments on funding issues.
Mike Driver CB, FCPFA - Senior Responsible Officer, Borders Programme and Managed Quarantine
In addition to his current work at the MoJ and GFF, Mike is the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and a commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt.
Precious Akinmoju CPFA - Head of Strategic Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis, Department for International Trade
Within two years of graduating, Precious had secured her first leadership role and today, she can be found working as the Department for International Trade's Head of Strategic Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis.
Local government, UK
Carolyn Williamson - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council
Carolyn is also the chief financial officer for Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire Pension Fund.
Coral Main - Head of Business Planning and Risk, Leeds County Council
As a management consultant, Coral had a range of clients, specialising in energy and utilities companies.
Jamie Shah - Assistant Finance Manager for Early Years, Schools and Children's Capital, Westminster City Council
Jamie has been working for Westminster City Council since joining as a graduate finance trainee in 2015 via the Finance the Future local government training scheme.
Joanna Killian - Chief Executive, Surrey County Council
Joanna was appointed Chief Executive of Surrey County Council in March 2018, where her initial priority was to address the authority's precarious financial position.
Kady Wilson - Trainee Accountant, Flintshire County Council
Kady works directly with schools, giving financial support to head teachers, governors and business managers.
Nick Wilson - Corporate Finance Manager, North East Lincolnshire Council
After studying maths at university, Nick worked as an accountancy assistant for North East Lincolnshire Council.
Shaer Halewood - Director of Finance and Investment, Wirral Borough Council
In 2008, Shaer spent 18 months in consultancy before being appointed to her current role in Warrington in 2010.
Tim Mpofu CPFA - Pension Fund Manager, Westminster City Council
In 2017, Tim was awarded PQ Magazine's PQ of the Year, a national award in recognition for his contribution to CIPFA and public sector finance whilst at Ealing Council.
David Enticott - Finance Director and Company Secretary, Derby Homes
Over the course of his career, David has been involved with the Local Government Association (LGA), CIPFA's Housing Panel, and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) panels on council housing finance.
David Smith - Executive Director of Resources, Broadacres Housing Association
David joined Broadacres in 2019 from professional services firm EY, where he was an associate partner leading public sector accounting advice in the UK and Ireland.
Alison Tonge - Regional Director of Commissioning, NHS England
Alison has been involved in public sector healthcare for more than 30 years, starting her career in local government as a graduate trainee accountant at Manchester City Council.
Andy Hardy - CEO, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Since leaving university, Andy has worked within the NHS. He became CFO of UACW in 2004 before later becoming the deputy chief executive, and then chief executive.
David Melbourne - Deputy Chief Executive/CFO, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
David helped establish the Health Exchange, a social enterprise in Birmingham that provides health promotion advice to disadvantaged and hard to reach communities.
Devasuda Anblagan PhD - Senior Finance Manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement
Devasuda is passionate about improving the healthcare system and medical research through understanding current challenges and future demand.
Hardev Virdee - Group Chief Finance Officer, Barts Health NHS Trust
Hardev gained his first board role as Finance Director at Hounslow Primary Care Trust (PCT) in 2009, building up a portfolio of board roles across various NHS organisations before taking on his current role.
Cecilie Booth CPFA - COO, City of London Police
After a career with the NHS and various councils, Cecilie joined City of London Police as finance director initially, and then on a fixed-term contract as COO.
Ian Thompson CPFA - Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
Ian is President of the Police Treasurers Society (PACCTS), which represents 43 local policing bodies in England and Wales.
James Kidd - Chief Accountant, Hertfordshire Constabulary
James started this role at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 and is responsible for the financial and management accounting at the organisation.
John Bloomer - Chief Finance Officer, Staffordshire Police
John is is responsible for finance and commercial services, with a net revenue budget of more than £200m.
Nigel Hiller - Director of Resources, South Yorkshire Police
Throughout his career, Nigel has undertaken voluntary activity for CIPFA through serving on the council and chairing the Financial Management Panel.
Ruth Hodson - Strategic Business Partner, Metropolitan Police Service
After a number of roles in local government, Ruth is now a Strategic Business Partner for the Metropolitan Police Service.
Firms and private sector, UK
Alina Gheorghiu-Currie - Deputy Chief Investment Officer, CAMG LLP
Alina sits on the CAMG investment committee and is the firm's lead on responsible investment policy.
Carly Wilson - Finance Manager for UK Acquisitions, Civica Ltd
Carly manages the financial acquisition and integration process for all of Civica's UK acquisitions.
Chris Brown CPFA, CISA, MAAT - Head of Strategic Sales, Partnerships and Alliances, Capita
As an experienced professional services leader, Chris's track record reflects a career in creating and implementing vision, strategy and new operating models in order to drive business growth and development.
Ebony Hughes CPFA - Director, IMPOWER Consulting
Ebony has worked at IMPOWER for nearly a decade, having previously been with PwC for six and a half years, where she undertook her CIPFA training as part of PwC's graduate scheme.
Joe Sealy NED - Co-founder and COO, Greater Pacific Capital
After qualifying with CIPFA as an accountant while working for various councils, Joe co-founded a private equity investment business Greater Pacific Capital, which he continues to lead today.
Kelly Watson - Relationship Manager, CCLA
Over her career, Kelly has worked in both public and private sectors, taking on senior roles in both, as director of finance in the private sector and chief finance officer (S151) in local government.
Mark Williams - Grant Thornton
Mark has been a CIPFA member under bylaw 5 since 2012, and is a member of the CIPFA Government Board and CIPFA South East Regional Council.
Neil Sartorio - Lead Partner for Local Public Services, EY
Over the past ten years Neil has established and developed EY's local public services practice, which brings the organisation's professional services capability into the local public sector market.
Paul Dossett - Partner and Head of Public Sector Assurance, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Paul is a CIPFA qualified accountant who has worked on local government and NHS audit, assurance and advisory projects for over 30 years.
Claire Lake - Partner, Baime Consulting
Claire is a partner at Baime Consulting and looks after CIPFA's interests in both Canada and the USA.
Datuk Dr Yacob Bin Mustafa - Accountant General, Accountant General's Department, Malaysia
Datuk Dr Yacob's career journey has spanned more than 30 years, in serving various government departments such as the Government Investment Companies Division of Malaysia's Ministry of Finance.
Phil Sharman - Statutory External Auditor, British Overseas Territory of St Helena
After becoming CIPFA qualified, Phil held various positions within the public sector before returning to St Helena as external auditor to promote good governance and accountability.
Sophie Medwell - Financial Audit Manager, Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, Canada
Sophie began her career at Grant Thornton UK LLP in Bristol in 2014, where she studied for her CIPFA qualifications, completing them in 2017.
Independent bodies, UK and International
Andrew Kendrick - Audit Manager, National Audit Office's Local Audit Code and Guidance
Andrew's team maintains the Code of Audit Practice that sets out how auditors meet their responsibilities for the audit of local government, and issues guidance to help them in that.