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


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.


Caroline Lee, Lead Revenues Advisor, Benefits and Revenues Service

Caroline Lee, Lead Revenues Advisor, Benefits and Revenues Service

Before joining CIPFA as Revenues Advisor, Caroline worked in local government for 25 years, 12 of which at chief officer level as Head of Revenues and Benefits. She is committed to supporting the provision of high quality public services by revenues professionals within local authorities. She combines skills, knowledge and experience in policy, legislation and strategy development within Revenues with a pragmatic focus on the issues facing practitioners around resourcing, management and relationships with taxpayers, partners and stakeholders. She has an honours degree in politics, an MA in counselling and is IRRV (Hons) qualified.


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.