CIPFA board

Biographies of the members of the CIPFA Board, which is chaired by the president.

Sarah Howard, Chair

Sarah HowardCurrent CIPFA President Sarah is a partner and Head of Public Services at Grant Thornton. Sarah’s passion for the sector and strong support for CIPFA has seen Grant Thornton become the largest UK recruiter of CIPFA students and the first firm to launch the CIPFA apprenticeship scheme and adopt the new Integrated Qualification. 

Sarah spends much of her time between the north of England and London, leading the firm’s public sector assurance and advisory practice. Sarah has been lucky to work with a variety of clients over the last 25 years, seeing most recently the devolution changes across Greater Manchester first hand. Previously Sarah was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, and before that was with the Audit Commission in Bristol and Yorkshire.

Sarah has been an active volunteer for CIPFA over much of her career, as an examiner, regional executive member and as an elected council member. Sarah’s volunteering efforts have been recognised by the Institute through both the Dr Hedley Marshall Award for outstanding contribution to regional activities and the Tom Sowerby Award for outstanding services to CIPFA students.

Roger Alderson, NED

AldersonRoger started his career as a Systems Engineer (gaining grassroots experience of the technology industry) but soon moved into sales support and marketing. With substantial global experience he has spent a significant portion of his career working internationally, as a Consultant (with the McKenna Group), a Strategist (with Perot Systems) and a Marketing Director (with EDS, HP and Logica). He has proven experience working with a range of organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and has operated from both headquarters and the field. 

As an independent consultant, Roger works with clients in all industries but his core focus is helping tech-oriented companies develop and implement marketing strategies. He is particularly adept at ensuring that strategies are ‘interlocked’ with other parts of the business and take full advantage of digital marketing options. A central tenet of his approach is based on understanding offering positioning in terms of perceived and actual customer value.

Lyn Davies, NED

Lynn DaviesLyn is a senior business leader who started her career in local government finance where she qualified with CIPFA. She spent over 20 years at Capita in management consulting, technology and customer service divisions, working directly with clients from government, non-profit and major private sector brands from across industry sectors. Lyn is particularly expert in business optimisation, leading business turnaround, business development, client relationship development, proposition development, building business partnerships and shaping business for growth. She is now working as an independent consultant.

Lyn was born in South Wales and now lives in Oxford. Throughout her career she has also been an active volunteer in her community, supporting local schools and charities.

Mark Lovell, NED

Mark Lovell Mark is a principal of TSAP and advises clients in policy making, horizon scanning, strategic planning, new market development and competitive differentiation. His advisory work spans central and local government, as well as social sector organisations and private companies working with the public sector. He spent over 20 years in the private sector leading businesses to pioneer and innovate in public service delivery. 

Mark has extensive strategy, development, policy and service design experience, coupled with significant experience of international work in Europe, Australia, North America and the Middle East. An experienced CEO and executive chairman, he held non-executive directorships with a regional development agency and primary care trust. He is a fellow of practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford with a focus on the use of social investment in public service reform.  

Joe Sealy, NED

Sealy Joe

Previously a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs, Joe has been a specialist in providing strategic advice to clients covering communications, media, entertainment, advertising and security. Joe has been an experienced strategic adviser to corporations, investors and government institutions across multiple regions and industries. He has previously held the position of Partner at KPMG in strategy consulting and implementation and has also held various positions as an adviser in the public sector, specialising in privatisation and outsourcing.

He is a founding partner at Greater Pacific Capital.

Andrew Burns, Past President

Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns was Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB). 

He was elected to CIPFA Council in 2010 and has chaired the Group Board, Policy and Standards Board and led CIPFA’s Aligning Public Services Working Group. 

As Director of Finance and Resources for SCC he had strategic responsibility for finance, HR, ICT, digital, property, commercial and customer services and served as treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund. Andy led the financial transformation programme that delivered £150m savings and significant service improvement in Staffordshire.

For his CCAB role Andy led the group representing the main UK accountancy bodies, which has a combined membership of over 380,000 professional accountants worldwide. He has an MBA from Aston Business School and is past-president of the Society of County Treasurers.

Andrew Hardy, Junior Vice President

Andy is Chief Executive officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), one of the largest tertiary acute trusts in the country, with an annual turnover in excess of £650m.

Andy was appointed CEO in 2010. For the six years prior to that he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Andy is currently Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB); a member of Midlands and East Local Education and Training Board; Chair of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network South Membership Innovation Council; and a council member of CIPFA and a member of Warwick Medical School Faculty Advisory Board. 

Andy is also a Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry.

Previously Andy has served as Chair of the Finance Directors’ Group of the Association of United Kingdom University Hospitals and in 2014 he was appointed the National President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); his chosen theme for the year was ‘lead by numbers’. In January 2016 Andy was appointed Professor of Industry at the University of Warwick.In addition to his CEO role, Andy was appointed as Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire STP Footprint in March 2016.

Peter Kane, Trustee


Dr Peter Kane is the Chamberlain of the City of London Corporation, probably the oldest public finance position, dating back to 1237. He is the Finance Director, with Section 151 responsibilities, and his role additionally spans commercial and IT activities. He also oversees the Freedom of the City of London, and he is the Treasurer to the City of London Police.

Previously Peter was Finance Director at the Home Office and held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and Treasury, where he worked in a number of public expenditure and budget posts, including Head of Local Government Finance. Peter had worked previously as an economist at the Trades Union Congress and as Chief Economic Advisor at the London Borough of Hackney.

Peter studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and went on to the London School of Economics to gain an MSc and PhD in Economics. During his time in central government he qualified as a CIPFA accountant. He first joined the CIPFA Council in 2013 and was then re-elected in 2016. He is also a member of the Society of London Treasurers and Vice Chair of Community Links, a charity based in Newham.

Mohammed Sajid, Trustee

SajidMohammed has been the Chief Accountant at the London Borough of Islington since 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in local government finance, having started straight from university. Mohammed completed his CIPFA training and qualification at Birmingham City Council.

Mohammed has been a member of CIPFA Council since 2015, and has served on the Policy and Standards and Student and Members boards. He is currently Vice Chair of the Public Entities and Charities Board. Mohammed joined the CIPFA Board in 2018.

Mohammed is passionate about promoting and growing CIPFA, and was part of the CIPFA Global Taskforce that devised the ten-year CIPFA international strategy. Mohammed has been part of the organising committee of the CIPFA South East Summer School. He was part of the Brexit Taskforce in 2015 and the Finance Leaders and Digital steering group in early 2018.

Mohammed is committed to using his CIPFA skills to help the wider community. He has recently been active in helping secure the long-term future of the only operational pre-WWI swimming baths in Britain by being part of a community group that has taken over the operations at Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham.

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive

Rob WhitemanRob Whiteman was appointed as the Chief Executive of CIPFA in September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement and Development Agency. Between 2005 and 2010 Whiteman was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Prior to this role, he was Director of Resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Whiteman is a well-known commentator and writer on public service reform and modernisation, on a wide range of areas such as leadership, partnership working across local and central government, and building community cohesion. In 2008 he was named one of the ten most influential people in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. In 2007 and 2009 he carried out the capability reviews of the Department of Health for the Cabinet Office.

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Government from the University of Essex, Whiteman started his management career at WH Smith, before moving into the public sector. An accountant by profession, Rob qualified with CIPFA early in his career while working at the London Borough of Camden. He has since held several local government finance advisory roles for the Local Government Association and CIPFA, and for many years served as Secretary to the Society of London Treasurers.

Carolyn Williamson, Vice President

Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson is Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Oxfordshire County Council, which encompasses finance, HR and transactional services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the public sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Pension Fund and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. She is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the new digital strategy implementation for the County Council.

Carolyn became CIPFA-qualified in 1991. She was presented with the Iain Doig CIPFA award in 2004 for her contribution to CIPFA and was also presented with the CIPFA Public Reporting and Accountability Award for Innovation in 2004. She was Chair of LASAAC (Local Authority Scotland Accounts Advisory Committee) and a member of CIPFA/LASAAC until 2005.

Carolyn has been a member of the CIPFA Council since 2013 and has held chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student and Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council.

Peter Woodman, Director, Finance and Performance

Woodman, PeterPeter Woodman is responsible for all CIPFA’s financial and facilities operations, having been appointed as Chief Financial Officer in February 2014. As CIPFA’s longest-serving member of staff, Peter brings over 35 years of organisational knowledge and experience, alongside his over 20 years of post-qualification experience, having qualified with ACCA in 1994 and becoming a CIPFA member in 1999, and experience of both not-for-profit and commercial financial operations. 

He most recently successfully managed CIPFA’s London Property project, which led to the sale of its three London properties, and simultaneous purchase and refurbishment of CIPFA’s new Mansell Street HQ. 

Ex-officio member

Ian Ball, Chair, CIPFA International

Ian BallIan Ball is working with the Institute on its global growth and development. He is the former Chief Executive of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and led IFAC from 2002 to 2013. In 2009, he oversaw the publication of the first comprehensive suite of International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

Prior to joining IFAC, Ian worked in his native New Zealand, where he oversaw the modernisation of public sector management practices. He is a member of CIPFA and also a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and of CPA Australia.