CIPFA announces new Head of Governments Faculty to drive forward global government sector work


Gillian FawcettThe Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has appointed Gillian Fawcett as its new Head of Governments Faculty to drive forward the organisation’s influence in the global government sector.

Gillian joins CIPFA this week from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) where she was Head of Public Sector Policy and led its strategy and international technical policy for more than six years. 

At CIPFA, Gillian is responsible for leading a team of policy specialists to develop CIPFA’s thinking, policy influence and support for finance professionals working within the global government sector.

Gillian Fawcett, Head of CIPFA’s Governments Faculty, said:

“I’m delighted to join CIPFA. The Institute is uniquely placed to help governments develop stronger financial management practices but there is still much more to be done.

“That’s why I am determined to build on CIPFA’s influence in the global government sector to ensure that we provide the very best guidance and support for public finance professionals in the UK and abroad to help them deliver excellent public financial management and governance.”

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, said:

“It’s great to welcome Gillian to CIPFA in such a pivotal role. Her skills, knowledge and professionalism will be a huge asset to our organisation.

“Gillian’s extensive experience and expertise across accountancy, public sector policy, audit and governance will be invaluable as we work to maximise CIPFA’s reach and effectiveness with governments around the world.”

Gillian’s appointment follows that of Jane Payling who joined CIPFA in September as Head of the Heath and Integration Faculty following more than 20 years working in NHS finance.


Notes to editors:

Gillian Fawcett:

Gillian’s previous roles include working as a Senior Fellow within the organisational development and policy team of the Office for Public Management and Head of Policy with expertise in financial management and reporting, corporate governance and performance management at the Audit Commission. In 2005 she was seconded to Parliament as Head of Finance of the Scrutiny Unit, responsible for providing professional support to a wide range of select committees. 

From 2009 to 2015, Gillian was a member of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) public sector committees, and continues to act as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee for a UK charity, Freedom from Torture.

In 2014 Gillian was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network and the Editorial Board of the Financial Management and Accountability Journal. She was also formerly specialist advisor to a House of Commons Ad Hoc Committee and Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee on audit policy, as well as Vice Chair of the Macro Economic Committee for the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and a non-executive of the Legal Action Group.

About CIPFA:

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public services. It is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the setting and monitoring of professional standards.

Uniquely among the professional accountancy bodies in the UK, CIPFA has responsibility for setting accounting standards for a significant part of the economy, namely local government. CIPFA’s members work (often at the most senior level) in the public service bodies, in the national audit agencies and major accountancy firms. They are respected throughout for their high technical and ethical standards and professional integrity. CIPFA also provides a range of high quality advisory, information and training and consultancy services to public service organisations. As such, CIPFA is the leading independent commentator on managing and accounting for public money.