Paul Woolston appointed as Chair of CIPFA Business


CIPFA is delighted to announce that Paul Woolston, a former Senior Partner at PwC, has been appointed as the Chairman of CIPFA Business.

Paul recently retired from PwC where he was Senior Partner at their Newcastle office. He is a CIPFA accountant and worked with PwC for 25 years and for the past eight years he led PwC’s UK Public Services Assurance Practice. Previously Paul was the lead partner with the Audit Commission for 15 years and also worked with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). He is also the Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and works with a number of charities.

Speaking on his appointment, Rob Whiteman CIPFA’s CEO said:

 "It’s great to welcome Paul to CIPFA as the Chairman of CIPFA Business, his knowledge and professionalism will be a huge asset to our organisation.

 “Paul has spent decades working within accountancy and the public sector and as CIPFA seeks to improve and expand its work in the UK and around the world his experience and wisdom will help CIPFA to continue to serve the interests of its members and the organisations they work within.”

Paul Woolston said:

 “It’s a great privilege to be taking on this role within CIPFA. I hope that I can help CIPFA as it continues its work to improve public financial management, public services and to support its members. We all want CIPFA to carry on leading the way in providing outstanding services for its members and the public sector and I hope that I will be able to play my part in this.”


Notes to Editors:

Paul Woolston graduated with a Politics degree from Warwick University, has a Master of Business Science from Manchester Business School and is a Lay Canon of Newcastle Cathedral.

He has worked at PwC, HMRC and the Audit Commission.

His interests are focussed around his family and then, football, opera, wine, and gardening.