Meet your FAN advisors

Biographical information about your Finance Advisory Network advisors.

David Ellis, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN) | LinkedIn Profile

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David Ellis joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government. David possesses an extensive knowledge and practical understanding of local authority statements of accounts and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)-based Code of Practice, and uses that knowledge and experience to provide support and advice to practitioners across the public sector in his role as FAN Advisor. David qualified with CIPFA back in 1989 and is a committed life-long learner, with a passion for understanding the evolving technical aspects of local authority accounting.

Caroline White, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN)

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Caroline has been a Finance Advisory Network advisor at CIPFA since early 2013, supporting practitioners in all aspects of local government accounting and particularly in the technical area of Collection Fund Accounting. Prior to joining CIPFA she had 15 years' local government experience at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where she qualified with CIPFA in 2002 and was the finance manager responsible for financial reporting and led the application of International Financial Reporting Standards at the authority. Caroline gained an MBA (Exec) in 2009 and is also a Collaboration Transformation Architect.

Cliff Dalton, Head of Local Government, CIPFA | LinkedIn Profile

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Cliff is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ local government experience covering all authority types across the North of England.

Robert Baxter, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network

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Robert is a CIPFA qualified accountant with extensive knowledge of local government finance and joined CIPFA in August 2014 as a FAN Advisor, after 12 years of working in local government. Robert qualified with CIPFA in 2007 and was the Acting Financial Services Manager at City of Lincoln Council, prior to taking up that role he was Group Accountant at the authority for five years. Robert is committed to keeping up-to-date and studied and gained the CIPFA/ICAEW Certificate in international public sector financial reporting (Cert IPSFR) in 2011 and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.