CIPFA board

Biographies of the members of the CIPFA Board, chaired by the President.

Andrew Burns, Chair

Andrew BurnsAndrew Burns is president of CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy; director of finance and resources for Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB). 

He was elected to CIPFA Council in 2010 and has chaired the Group Board, Policy and Standards Board and led CIPFA’s Aligning Public Services Working Group. 

As director of finance and resources for SCC he has strategic responsibility for finance, HR, ICT, digital, property, commercial and customer services and is treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund. Andy led the financial transformation programme that delivered £150m savings and significant service improvement in Staffordshire.
For his CCAB role Andy takes leadership of the group representing the main UK accountancy bodies, which has a combined membership of over 380,000 professional accountants worldwide. 

He has an MBA from Aston Business School and is past-president of the Society of County Treasurers.

Paul Woolston, Vice Chair

Woolston, PaulPaul Woolston was born in Sunderland. He studied Politics at Warwick University and has an MBSc from Manchester Business School.

As former senior partner at PwC, Paul’s expertise is in the public sector, focusing on high-visibility issues such as health, local government and education. Paul continues to be closely involved with the business community and government in the North East, nationally and internationally.

Paul is chairman of Middleton Enterprises, whose goal is to help promote economic growth in the North East by investing in SMEs. He is also the chairman of, a CIPFA consultancy business established in 2016.

Paul is a lay canon at Newcastle Cathedral.

In July 2015 Paul was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business from Sunderland University.

Roger Alderson, NED

AldersonRoger started his career as a systems engineer (gaining grass roots experience of the technology industry) but soon moved into sales support and marketing. With substantial global experience he has spent a significant portion of his career working internationally, as a consultant (with the McKenna Group), a strategist (with Perot Systems) and a marketing director (with EDS, HP and Logica). He has proven experience working with a range of organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and has operated from both headquarters and the field. 

As an independent consultant, Roger works with clients in all industries but his core focus is helping tech-oriented companies develop and implement marketing strategies. He is particularly adept at ensuring that strategies are ‘interlocked’ with other parts of the business and take full advantage of digital marketing options. A central tenet of his approach is based on understanding offering positioning in terms of perceived and actual customer value.

Lyn Davies (NED)

Lynn DaviesLyn is a senior business leader who started her career in local government finance where she qualified with CIPFA. She spent over 20 years at Capita in management consulting, technology and customer service divisions, working directly with clients from government, non-profit and major private sector brands from across industry sectors. Lyn is particularly expert in business optimisation, leading business turnaround, business development, client relationship development, proposition development, building business partnerships and shaping business for growth. She is now working as an independent consultant.

Lyn was born in South Wales and now lives in Oxford. Throughout her career she has also been an active volunteer in her community, supporting local schools and charities.

Andrew Hardy, Trustee

Andy is Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), one of the largest tertiary acute Trusts in the country, with an annual turnover in excess of £650m.

Andy was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010. For the six years prior to that he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 – 2010. In addition, Andy is currently Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB); a member of Midlands and East Local Education and Training Board; Chair of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network South Membership Innovation Council; a Council Member of CIPFA and a Member of Warwick Medical School Faculty Advisory Board. 

Andy is also a Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry. Previously Andy has served as Chair of the Finance Directors’ Group of the Association of United Kingdom University Hospitals and in 2014 he was appointed the National President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and his chosen theme for the year was ‘lead by numbers’. In January 2016 Andy was appointed Professor of Industry at the University of Warwick. In addition to his Chief Executive Officer role, Andy was appointed as Chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire STP Footprint in March 2016.

Sarah Howard, Vice President

Sarah HowardSarah is a partner and head of public sector at Grant Thornton. Sarah’s passion for the sector and strong support for CIPFA has seen Grant Thornton become the largest UK recruiter of CIPFA students and the first firm to launch the CIPFA apprenticeship scheme and adopt the new Integrated Qualification. 

Sarah spends much of her time between the north of England and London, leading the firm’s public sector assurance and advisory practice. Sarah has been lucky to work with a variety of clients over the last 25 years, seeing most recently the devolution changes across Greater Manchester first hand. Previously Sarah was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, and before that was with the Audit Commission in Bristol and Yorkshire.

Sarah has been an active volunteer for CIPFA over much of her career, as an examiner, regional executive member and as an elected council member. Sarah’s volunteering efforts have been recognised by the Institute through both the Dr Hedley Marshall Award for outstanding contribution to regional activities and the Tom Sowerby Award for outstanding services to CIPFA students.

Peter Kane, Trustee


Dr Peter Kane is the Chamberlain of the City of London Corporation, probably the oldest public finance position, dating back to 1237.    He is the Finance Director, with S151 responsibilities, and his role additionally spans commercial and IT activities.  He also oversees the Freedom of the City of London.  And he is the Treasurer to the City of London Police.

Previously Peter was Finance Director at the Home Office and held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and Treasury, where he worked in a number of public expenditure and budget posts, including Head of Local Government Finance. Peter had worked previously as an economist at the Trades Union Congress and as Chief Economic Advisor at the London Borough of Hackney.

Peter studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and went on to the London School of Economics to gain an MSc and PhD in Economics.  During his time in central government he qualified as a CIPFA accountant. He first joined the CIPFA Council in 2013 and was then re-elected in 2016.  He is also a member of the Society of London Treasurers and Vice Chair of Community Links, a charity based in Newham.

Brian Roberts, Past President

Brian RobertsBrian is the director of corporate resources and deputy chief executive at Leicestershire County Council. Previously he has worked at Staffordshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Hart District Council and Merseyside County Council.

Brian qualified as an accountant in 1980. He was a member and past president of the Society of County Treasurers and he has also been an LGA core finance advisor and past president of the Association of Local Government Treasurers. Brian is currently a national council member and vice president of CIPFA and a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive

Rob WhitemanRob 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.

Whiteman is a well-known commentator and writer on public service reform and modernisation, on a wide range of areas such as leadership, partnership working across local and central government, and building community cohesion. In 2008 he was named one of the ten most influential people in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. In 2007 and 2009 he carried out the capability reviews of the Department of Health for the Cabinet Office.

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.

Carolyn Williamson, Junior Vice President

Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson is Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and Oxfordshire County Council which encompasses Finance, HR and Transactional Services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the Public Sector with joint Governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Pension Fund and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the new Digital Strategy implementation for the County Council.

Carolyn is CIPFA-qualified, since 1991. She was presented with the Iain Doig CIPFA award in 2004 for her contribution to CIPFA and was also presented with the CIPFA Public Reporting & Accountability Award for Innovation in 2004. She was Chair of LASAAC (Local Authority Scotland Accounts Advisory Committee) and a member of CIPFA/LASAAC until 2005.

Carolyn has been a Member of CIPFA Council since 2013 and has held Chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student & Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council.

Peter Woodman, Director, Finance and Performance

Woodman, PeterPeter Woodman is responsible for all CIPFA’s financial and facilities operations, having been appointed as chief financial officer in February 2014. As CIPFA’s longest-serving member of staff, Peter brings over 35 years of organisational knowledge and experience, alongside his over-20 years of post-qualification experience, having qualified with ACCA in 1994 and becoming a CIPFA member in 1999, and experience of both not-for-profit and commercial financial operations. He most recently successfully managed CIPFA’s London property project, which led to the sale of its three London properties, and simultaneous purchase and refurbishment of CIPFA’s new Mansell Street HQ. 

Ex-officio member

Ian Ball, Chair, CIPFA International

Ian BallIan Ball is working with the Institute on its global growth and development. He is the former chief executive of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and led IFAC from 2002 to 2013. In 2009, he oversaw the publication of the first comprehensive suite of International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

Prior to joining IFAC, Ian worked in his native New Zealand, where he oversaw the modernisation of public sector management practices. He is a member of CIPFA and also a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and of CPA Australia.