CIPFA Wales Annual Conference

23 November, Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff

Wales Conference

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Sally Lewis

Sally Lewis

Assistant Medical Director (Value-based care), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Resident

Sally has front-line experience of primary care at its most challenging. She rebuilt a struggling valley-based GP practice into one of the most successful in South East Wales. This formative experience gave her insight into the clinical leadership and business management required to serve a deserving local population with limited resources. 

She entered a career in medical management in 2011 and was appointed to assistant medical director for value-based care in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2014. She is Clinical lead for the National ICHOM strategic alliance. Her current interests include how we utilise value-based principles to allocate resource in publicly funded systems and digital transformation.

Andrew Burns

President, CIPFA & Director of Finance and Resources Staffordshire County Council

Andrew BurnsAndrew Burns is the director of finance and resources for Staffordshire County Council with strategic responsibility for finance, HR, ICT, digital, property, commercial and customer services and treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund.

Andrew led the financial transformation programme that delivered £150m of savings, significant service improvement and enabled Staffordshire County Council to set the lowest council tax for any county council.

He is currently president of CIPFA and was president of the Society of County Treasurers in 2015/16.

Sean Nolan

Director, Local Government and Policing, CIPFA

Sean NolanSean has 30 years' experience in various finance roles including the role of treasurer in two county councils and chief finance officer in a fire authority. Before joining CIPFA, Sean spent four years with OPCC, where he oversaw a period of financial transition and was a central part of the team that garnering praise from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which last year pronounced Kent Police’s financial sustainability as ‘outstanding’.

Prior to the OPCC, he spent over 16 years as treasurer for Buckinghamshire and East Sussex County Councils respectively. At East Sussex he also served as deputy chief executive with the wider responsible for the broader resource portfolio covering ICT, procurement and property. Sean is a former president of the Society of County Treasurers, (SCT), the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers Society (PACCTS) and the Association of Local Authority Treasurer Societies (ALATS). Sean has also served as financial adviser to Parliament's Communities and Local Government Select Committee and been a core adviser to the Local Government Association.

Phil Steele


Phil SteeleBroadcaster and former schoolteacher Phil Steele is one of Wales’ most popular after dinner speakers. His strong sporting background as a former top class welsh rugby player with Newport RFC in the 1980s together with his role as a mirthful radio presenter and sports commentator for BBC Wales radio and television have enabled him to develop a wide variety of material. 

Phil’s 25 years' experience as a teacher – mostly spent teaching pupils with learning difficulties in The Rhymney Valley of South Wales – has also provided him with a rich fund of humour.

Over the years he has performed for a huge variety of organisations including The British Insurance Brokers Association, The Brewers Guild, The Coal Industry Society, The Chartered Institute Of Water And Environmental Managers, The Chartered Institute Of Building Services Engineers, British Telecom, The Pipe Industries Guild, The Institute Of Quarrymen, The Electrical Contractors Association, Lords Taverners, Wooden Spoon, The RAF, The RNLI, The Welsh Rugby Players Association, The British Periodontal Association, The National Association Of Headteachers, and The Welsh Urological Society, as well as at countless sports clubs, golf days, Rotary, Round Table, corporate and charity functions.  

Best known to rugby fans as the pitch-side reporter for Scrum V Live, his hard-hitting journalistic endeavours have included interviewing Miss Carmarthenshire live at The Parc y Scarlets – in a hot tub!

Robert Herdman

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Clinical Hypnotherapist and Success Coach

Robert has been working as a clinical hypnotherapist and success coach over the past ten years and is the author of three books on the subjects. He has travelled throughout the world learning his craft and has trained with and studied some of the most influential trainers and coaches in personal development and hypnosis. He has studied the top performers in business and sport and has taken fundamental principles of all high achievers in their field and packaged these principles into his own unique corporate training programme, helping businesses and companies develop the mindset of their workforce.

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