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Introducing your new regional president
On Friday 31 March, the role of President of the CIPFA Council in the North West was taken over by Mike Thomas at the region’s AGM.
Mike is a director in the Grant Thornton Public Sector Audit Practice in the North and leads on work in the local government sector, as well as having a range of audit clients in the local government, health, fire, police and pensions sectors.
He has been involved in the regional council for well over a decade in various roles; latterly vice president, and previously as secretary and chair of the senior managers group. Prior to moving back to the North West in 2000 Mike was also involved in CIPFA activity in Yorkshire. He is a keen supporter of the region and the work of CIPFA and is greatly looking forward to playing a part in helping to continue to develop one of the Institute's most active and innovative regions.
Mike has been heavily involved with a range of thought leadership pieces developed by Grant Thornton and its partners in recent years, including work on devolution, 20/20 vision, income generation, various governance and leadership reports, and alternative delivery models. He has assisted organisations in collaborating around issues such as modern slavery, culture of place and purpose driven business activity. He worked alongside colleagues in Grant Thornton and CIPFA in developing the CFO insights tool currently being used by many local authorities across the country.
He is a director of the Deeside Business Forum and currently being considered for a role as a trustee of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services. Outside of work he likes to travel, loves live music and comedy and plays competitive and social cricket.
Mike is keen to explore the challenges facing CIPFA members in the ever-changing landscape surrounding public sector organisations in the coming years. With the triggering of Article 50 and the uncertainties brought by this and other key policy changes he believes it is now more important than ever for members of the institute to support each other and to share and collaborate to ensure future sustainability and success.
Key features of the challenges ahead he believes will be our ability to build capacity and resilience within people and the region to make the most of the opportunities and challenges posed. He is a strong advocate of the North West and the strengths the public sector has to offer in developing a future vibrant economy.