Who's in your region

The members of the South West regional (made up of CIPFA members and students from across the South West of England) who give their time, skills and experience voluntarily to improve the services that the Institute can provide.

We would love to hear from members and students across the region.

You can contact us by email at E: cipfasw@cipfa.org

2016/17 regional council officers

President

Danny Batten

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Danny graduated from Southampton University in 1979 with a BSc (hons) in Mathematics.He then joined Hampshire County Council as a graduate trainee. After qualifying he joined Fareham Borough Council and then moved to his native Cornwall in 1989. For the next 20 years he worked for Cornwall County Council, Devon & Cornwall Magistrates' Court and finally for HM Courts Service. In 2009 he set up his own accountancy business working mainly in the private sector, which he continues so to do. He has served on CIPFA's SW Regional Council since March 2013. It is an open secret that he is a very happy grandfather to four gorgeous grandchildren.

Vice President

Christina Earls

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Christina currently works in central government for the DWP, but has previously worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOD and Benefits Agency. She started her professional life in the Revenues Department at Leeds City Council, qualifying with the then Revenues and Valuation Association, now known as the IRRV, before moving to Oxford City Council, where she was supported in taking CIPFA via the Senior Officer Scheme with the CETC. As was typical in those days, line managers encouraged active engagement with the Institute, and she became vice chairman of the Thames Valley Students Society, the start of all her volunteering since 1988. In the past, she was a proud member of CIPFA’s Central Government Panel until its demise, a P3 project Examiner from 1993 until its demise, CIPFA South East Region Council 2005 to 2009, and chair of its Members Development Group, CSE representative on ICAEW London Society Business Board from 2006 to 2009, Secretary of the CIPFA South Wales and West of England Region Council from 2001 to 2005, and member of its South West Area Committee from 1993 to 1995.

Hon Treasurer

Fiona Cooper

Secretary

Philip West

Region Representive

John Bloomer 

Other Council Members

Andrew Broome

John Bougeard

Barry Cornelius

Esther Giles

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Esther is currently regional director of finance for specialised services for the South Region of NHS England. Esther started her career in the NHS as a finance trainee in Wessex, and has worked in different parts of the NHS for 30 years. Esther would really like to see a greater profile for the NHS in CIPFA – this is particularly important as we acknowledge the need for and work towards the better integration of health and social care and the wider influences on the health and well-being of our population.

Charles Hallow

Charles completed a degree in Production Engineering at Cardiff university and then joined Wiltshire County Council as a trainee CIPFA accountant, qualifying in 1990. Charles worked for over 20 years in the logistics industry with Wincanton plc, starting in internal audit and subsequently undertaking a number of divisional FC and FD roles until being appointed corporate development director in 2005 where he was responsible for completing a series of UK and European acquisitions and disposals. In 2012, Charles was appointed CFO of Avalon Sciences, a small company designing and manufacturing borehole seismic equipment for the oil and gas industry. He is married with two children. The eldest has joined Deloittes, although not to train as an accountant, while the youngest is studying Psychology at Bath. Spare time is taken up walking the dog and rehearsing for various amateur dramatic productions, including a couple of performances as a pantomime dame! Charles is a National League hockey umpire and can usually be seen on a hockey pitch at the weekend blowing a whistle. This year he was invited to umpire at the Masters Indoor World Cup and will be umpiring at the Masters European Championship in the Netherlands in August.

Steve Johnson

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Steve is CIPFA-qualified and an experienced audit manager based in Truro, Cornwall. He currently manages a portfolio that includes local authority companies, several local government bodies, local government pension fund, NHS commissioner and several not-for-profit and educational organisations. Steve undertook his training with KPMG in Cornwall, and previously worked for the Audit Commission, as a finance director for a Truro-based group of companies and a management accountant for a mining company.

Amanda Card

Duncan Laird

Sophie Medwell

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Sophie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014 with a law degree. She subsequently joined Grant Thornton on a training contract, specialising in public sector assurance. As part of this training contract, Sophie is studying the CIPFA qualification and is due to complete her training in summer 2017. During her studies, Sophie have been involved in both the CIPFA South West Regional Council and the CIPFA Student Network. Highlights to date have included the winning a national prize for her exam results and being part of the South West team which won the ‘Most Improved Region’ award.

Will Tarrant