Meet the network advisors

Biographical information about our network advisors.

Network team

CIPFA's team of network advisors.

Vicki Barnard | LinkedIn Profile

Vicki Barnard

Vicki has worked for CIPFA since 2012, first as a FAN Advisor and now in consultancy. She provides bespoke support to local authorities in a wide range of areas, such as technical accounting, financial management and budget planning, HRA advisory, business case creation and review, and soft skill development and recruitment. She also delivers training courses and contributes to various CIPFA publications, including authoring the Local Authority Capital Accounting Reference Manual.


Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network | LinkedIn Profile

Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison has worked in and for policing for over twenty years since her first days as a researcher for City of London Police and has experienced an incredible amount of change in the sector over that time. Alison runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. She contributes to the CIPFA Police Panel and works closely with CIPFA policy and technical colleagues on police accounting issues.


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

Cliff Dalton, Head of Local Government, CIPFA

Cliff is a qualified CIPFA accountant and shared service practitioner. He is CIPFA's head of local government, representing the Institute and shaping policy voice, position statements and speaking at events on local government and transformation issues. Cliff has also worked for 20 years in local government.


David Ellis | LinkedIn Profile

David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as chief accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts.


Lisa Forster, Principal Consultant | LinkedIn Profile

Lisa Forster, Principal Consultant

Lisa is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and has worked for CIPFA since 2008. She joined the organisation as a finance advisor in CIPFA Networks, and has more recently moved across to the advisory team. Lisa’s two areas of expertise are in education finance, particularly academy accounts and assurance, and also in local government ‘transformation’ around the consideration of ‘alternative service delivery models’.


Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network (CPCN) | LinkedIn Profile

Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network (CPCN)

Mohamed Hans joined CIPFA in 2004 after working as a Senior Commercial Solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire Local Authorities. He is an expert on the European Public Procurement Rules and has written extensively on this topic as well as developed widely used practitioner toolkits. He is also invited to speak at Conferences (UK and abroad) and is often the first point of contact for practitioners understanding complex procurement issues. He manages the CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network which has nearly 100 member authorities.


Adrian Blaylock - Lead Revenues Advisor, CIPFA

Adrian Blaylock - Lead Revenues Advisor, CIPFA

Adrian has more than 23 years' experience in the revenues area of local government. During this time he covered all aspects of revenues, including customer service, training and development, recovery, court officer, benchmarking, statistics, and the completion of all returns as well as performance monitoring. His role for the last 12 years has been principal revenues officer, contributing to the management of the revenues team, mainly focusing on non-domestic rates. He developed the forecasting methodologies for loss on appeals and analysis of VOA data for the Doncaster MBC. He has been an active CBRS participant for many years as well as a contributor to CIPFA’s online forum, TISonline. He was invited to and sat on the consultation group with the VOA for the development of the information sharing protocol. He is a member of the IRRV and has previously sat on the executive committee of the Yorkshire and district association.


Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, Better Governance Forum (BGF) | LinkedIn Profile

Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, Better Governance Forum (BGF)

Diana is the lead advisor for the CIPFA Better Governance Forum. She is a CIPFA-qualified accountant and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Neil Sellstrom

Neil Sellstrom

Neil has been a CIPFA Advisor for pensions and treasury management since 2009, running networks on both subjects with over 150 subscribing authorities combined. He represents CIPFA and Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Funds at various key events and also attends CIPFA pensions panels. He also organises workshops and conferences, produces newsletters, and co-ordinates queries to support members and promote best practice.


Caroline White, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN) | LinkedIn Profile

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

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.


Sheldon Wood, Benefits Advisor, CIPFA Benefits & Revenues Service (CBRS)

Sheldon Wood, Benefits Advisor, CIPFA Benefits & Revenues Service (CBRS)

Sheldon has 16 years' local government experience, including Principal Benefits Officer at Sheffield City Council, where he managed the service and implemented major changes to the Council's benefits administration. He joined the CIPFA Benefits and Revenues Service (CBRS) in 2003 and has trained and advised members of the team on all aspects of benefits legislation and local authority benefits service administration, focusing on the changes required as a result of successive government welfare reform policies and change programmes.