Members of the Commission

The Commission is made up of independent experts with a range of public sector finance experience.

Professor Tony Travers - Chair
Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform.

He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government, The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.

Chris Hurst
Chris is a qualified accountant with 25 years board experience, gained in both executive and non-executive director roles. After starting his career in the banking sector, he began a 15 year career in local government finance after which he returned to the private sector to develop specialist finance software for local government.  Chris was subsequently headhunted to work for a small management consultancy, working with the healthcare sector and local government.

In 1992 he joined the NHS as a Finance Director and later became Deputy Regional Finance Director in the NHS Executive South East. In 2000 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, where he worked for 9 years prior to being appointed as the national Finance Director for Health, Social Care & Children in Wales. In 2012 Chris left the Welsh Government to establish Dorian3d, a specialist management consultancy and executive coaching practice. Chris is also a Board Trustee of UK Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Trustee Chair of the 7 C’s Foundation, non-executive director of a small digital development company and an independent advisor to Philips new healthcare technologies division.

Chris is a qualified member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and until 2010 was a member of the Secretary of State for Health’s Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) in England.  During his time with the Welsh Government, Chris led part of the work commissioned by the Minister for Finance to review and advance opportunities for pan-public sector synergy and efficiency. He has also studied the management and funding of healthcare services in the USA, Australia, South Africa and Sweden.

Professor George Boyne
Professor George Boyne is Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Boyne is also a member of the University Executive Board. He has published eight books and over 140 articles in academic journals.

Professor Boyne's main research interest is the explanation and evaluation of organizational performance in the public sector. He has investigated the influence of organisational strategy, structure and processes on public service outputs and outcomes. His recent work includes an ESRC project on the causes and consequences of executive succession in government agencies.

Professor Boyne founded the Public Management Research Group at Cardiff Business School in 1995. In 2014, the quality of research in Public Management at Cardiff was ranked third in the world.

He served as President of the US Public Management Research Association from 2009-2011, and was Chair-Elect of the Public and Non-Profit Division of the Academy of Management from 2011-14.

He has acted as advisor to organisations including the National Audit Office, UK Central Government Departments, the Welsh Government and the United Nations.

Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis has worked in the public sector for nearly four decades as a qualified chartered accountant (CIPFA). Her early career was in the NHS as a national trainee, followed by various financial management roles. She joined the Audit Commission in 1988, and was appointed a District Auditor in 1996. She has held a number of senior positions in the Audit Commission in Wales, and Wales Audit Office, Head of Audit in Wales and Senior Partner respectively.

Since 2010, she has undertaken a wide variety of leadership roles across the public sector in Wales. These include Deputy Chief Executive of the Isle of Anglesey County Council , Interim Director of Resources for Bridgend County Borough Council and Director of Change Management for Caerphilly County Borough Council. She undertakes high level corporate governance work, peer review benchmarking and organisational turnaround for local authorities and other bodies.

Gill was a Non-Executive Director of Gwerin Housing Association for over 10 years and is currently a board member on the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants in the UK, Chair of the Board for the Regions and Past President of CIPFA in Wales

Harry Thomas
Harry graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Economics and subsequently qualified as an accountant with the National Audit Office in South Wales before moving on to join Cheshire County Council.  He has worked with the former Welsh Water Authority and Gwynedd County Council. After the 1996 Local Government reorganisation he was appointed Treasurer with Gwynedd Council and in 2003 was appointed Chief Executive where he remained until his retirement last year. He is a former finance spokesperson for SOLACE Wales

Lynn Pamment
Lynn is the partner at PWC responsible for Public Sector clients in the West and Wales.

Lynn has many years experience in delivering financial advice at the interface of the public and private sectors. With an excess of over 70 highly skilled professionals in the region, her team provides a range of assurance services (including external audit, internal audit and risk assurance) and business advisory services to public sector bodies.

Simon Parker
Simon Parker is director of NLGN. He started his career in journalism and has since worked in management consultancy, lobbying and research, most recently as a fellow at the Institute for Government. Simon has published widely on public service reform in the UK and internationally.