Meet the team

With over two decades of experience between them, our team have their own areas of expertise, niche markets and geographical areas. What they all share is a professional, proactive and consultative approach that has earned our reputation for quality.

We provide an informed, high-quality service, keeping fully up to date with the initiatives and developments that impact on our customers. We have the added advantage of being able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of our colleagues across the CIPFA community. 

Mizan Rouf, Associate Director

Mizan Rouf in formal wearMizan is the practice lead for CIPFA-Penna and has over 5 years’ experience in executive recruitment. Since joining the sector Mizan has developed an enviable network prominently in the senior Local Government Finance space which has further enhanced his reputation as the ‘go to’ person for finance recruitment. Prior to his career in executive recruitment, Mizan spent 15 years working in local government for some of the largest local authorities in the UK including Sheffield City Council.


Tel: +44 (0)7395 855 007

Hannah Mensah, Associate Consultant

Head and shoulders image of Hannah MensahHaving joined Penna in September 2022, Hannah has already established a strong working relationship with both our existing candidate and client network. As an Associate Consultant on the CIPFA-Penna team Hannah’s role supports and works closely with Penna’s consultants with a focus on sourcing talent, shortlisting, and presenting fitting candidates to our clients whilst maintaining outstanding customer care. As someone coming from an Accounting and Finance background, Hannah’s aim is to achieve great things in the Local Government finance space; building lasting relationships and continuing to deliver in ways that will enhance and further grow the CIPFA-Penna brand.

Tel: +44 (0)7752 471 707

Catherine Bush, Consultant, CIPFA-Penna, Executive Interim

Portrait photo of Catherine Bush, Penna recruitment consultantCatherine has over 17 years’ experience working in local government recruitment and has developed a strong network at recruiting senior level professionals into the public sector. I’ve always had a passion for helping people, so working with the public sector has been the perfect platform to give something back to our local communities. I will now be continuing my journey as a consultant with a focus on local government finance as part of our partnership with CIPFA. I am thrilled to continue my journey with Penna and to work alongside hugely talented people whilst continuing to grow my network of passionate people. I am looking forward to helping more local authorities find exceptional talent!


Tel: +44 (0)7803 510 898

Karima Dakhama, Senior Consultant, Local Government, Executive Interim

Portrait photo of Karima-Dakhama, Penna recruitment consultant

Karima has over ten years of senior-level recruitment experience in local government which were spent with Venn Group and Green Park and building a local government division for Keystream; she has grown a love and passion for the public sector.

“I remain sincerely impressed with Penna’s trusted brand in local government and, consider them second to none when it comes to supporting the sector, from recruitment to the Aspiring Chief Executive programme, sector awards, round tables, knowledge shares, challenging and championing EDI; it’s a perfect platform and partnership to service the public sector. I am looking forward to helping more local authorities find exceptional”

Having specialised in change and transformation Karima will continue her journey with a focus on local government finance as part of our partnership with CIPFA. Karima is thrilled to begin her CIPFA-Penna journey whilst continuing to grow her network of passionate people through such a trusted brand.

Tel: +44 (0)7743 972 716

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