Brian Roberts named new CIPFA President


CIPFA is pleased to announce that Brian Roberts, Director of Corporate Resources at Leicestershire County Council, has become the new CIFPA president.

Brian, who officially took up the role during the CIPFA’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, will begin his year’s presidency presiding over the 2016 CIPFA Conference. He takes over from John Matheson, who ended an exemplary year of appointments, having travelled the breadth of the country and as far afield as Pakistan and Suriname.

During his opening address to the conference, which is taking place in Manchester today and tomorrow, Brian warned of the challenges public sector bodies currently face and called for financial resilience and robust medium-term planning:

“Whether it is the meltdown in health finances or the skyrocketing of liabilities, revealed in the Whole of Government Accounts, the system is under tremendous stress and it is going to take fierce commitment, hard work and creativity to turn this around”, Brian said during his speech.

The role of CIPFA president lasts for one year, and between now and next year’s conference Brian will have a busy schedule travelling the country and overseas, talking about CIPFA and focusing on three key components he believes are vital to achieving excellence in public finance, specifically: help build capacity, skills and development; improve conversation and co-operation between public organisations; and thirdly, improve medium-term planning and sustainable finances. 

Speaking on the appointment, Rob Whiteman, CIPFA CEO, said: “With his experience and commitment, Brian is superbly placed to take on this role. CIPFA, its members and all those working in public finance will benefit from his leadership”.


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CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one that 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 in 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.