CIPFA board

Current CIPFA trustees and board member biographies

The council has delegated to CIPFA board oversight of operational matters. The board guides and challenges development and operations in line with the strategy, monitors and reviews strategy and performance, oversees risk management and is authorised to delegate responsibilities as necessary.

The board is chaired by Joe Sealey and its membership consists of:

  • Six CIPFA Council members (four honorary officers and two additional council members)
  • two non-executive directors (senior and one other)
  • CIPFA's Chief Executive
  • CIPFA's Director of Finance

Joe Sealy, CIPFA Board Chair

Joe SealyJoe has been a specialist in providing strategic advice to clients covering communications, media, entertainment, advertising and security. He was previously a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs, and has experience as a strategic adviser to corporations, investors and government institutions across multiple regions and industries.



Jayne Owen, President

Jayne OwenJayne is Finance and Resources Director of North Wales Housing Association, a successful social enterprise providing homes and delivering services across North Wales. She is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) with 30 years public sector experience, including five years as Treasurer/Director of Finance. Prior to taking up this role, Jayne undertook the role of Director of Finance (Police and Crime) for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. This and previous roles involved significant complexity, with accountability for multi-million pound budgets and advising on the deployment of these resources.

Her areas of expertise include treasury management, financial planning, audit, procurement, commissioning, value for money, organisational transformation and effective governance. Dating back 17 years, Jayne has been a long serving volunteer and advocate for CIPFA with student, regional and national roles. Her career has been rooted in the public sector, caring deeply for the role of the public, voluntary, social enterprise sectors in society.

Caroline Rassell, Vice President

Caroline RassellCaroline is the CEO for Parkinson's UK, a national charity focused on finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. Caroline is a trustee of her local hospice and gained operational experience of the third sector at Versus Arthritis as the Director of Planning and Operations. Before moving to the third sector, Caroline was the Accountable Officer of NHS Mid Essex CCG and the Joint STP lead for Mid and South Essex. She has been CIPFA qualified since 1990 and has held board level roles in both local and national organisations for 20 years. These have spanned a variety of roles from Director of Finance, Commissioning and Procurement to Deputy CEO and CEO.

Caroline spent the first 15 years of her career in local government starting at the Corporation of London and then working at London Borough, district council and county council level. Moving to health at the turn of the century offered new and exciting opportunities for Caroline including working at health authority level and national level in two private companies owned by the Department of Health – Community Health Partnership (CHP) and NHS Property Services. She has been on the CIPFA Council now for five years, is a member of the Health and Social Care Board and is the current Chair of the Student and Members Board. Caroline has a passion for ensuring that the population understand the benefit of health and wellbeing. Supporting this, she is a non-executive board member and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Active Essex.

Carol Culley OBE, Junior Vice President

Carol CulleyCarol is the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer at Manchester City Council . As well as being the S151 officer, she has responsibility for the Corporate Core and for driving a number of priorities such as the leading on the Council's Zero Carbon Action Plan and as SRO for The Factory and Town Hall projects. Her previous experience in Manchester has included her role as Deputy City Treasurer responsible for Finance and Performance and ICT as well as being a member of the Health and Social Care Devolution Team, as Assistant Chief Executive overseeing Finance and Performance and as the Assistant Director of Finance and Commissioning for Social Services.

She is CIPFA qualified and has a diploma in management and is a member of the CIPFA Council and recently appointed as chair of the Public Financial Management Board. Carol has a wealth of experience in financial management, governance and assurance and fulfilling trustee roles. She is currently a trustee for a number of joint ventures such as Northern Gateway and Manchester Central and for the Greater Manchester Learning Trust.

Mike Driver CB, Past President

Mike DriverMike’s career in public service started when he joined the Department of Health and Social Security. He worked in operational delivery before moving into regional management and then into a series of policy roles. He transitioned into government finance in 1999, where he held several CFO and senior finance posts, including CFO at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2012, and in 2016 was appointed CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In 2017, Mike was appointed Head of the Government Finance Function for HM Treasury. As Head of the GFF, he was focused on driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function's critical role at the heart of government.

In August 2020, Mike spent six months as the Interim Permanent Secretary at the MoJ, before being appointed the Senior Responsible Officer for the Borders and Managed Quarantine Service. In September 2021, after 42 years, he retired from the civil service and now has a portfolio career.

Mark McBride, Council member

Mark McBrideMark is Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland Local Government Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) and is Chair of the NILGOSC Audit Risk and Assurance Committee. He is also Chair and a Trustee of the AAT Retirement Benefits Scheme. He was previously Head of Finance and Performance at Belfast City Council where he worked for 23 years and prior to that he was a Financial Accountant with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive where he qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1993.

Mark has been an active member of the CIPFA Northern Ireland Committee for over 20 years and served as Chair of the NI Branch from 2006 to 2008. He was also a CIPFA-nominated member on the AAT Council for ten years, where he was Chair of the Resources, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He served as President of AAT in 2016/17.

Sir Mark Lowcock, Council member

Sir Mark Lowcock, CIPFA council memberMark is a Distinguished Non-resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. Between 2017 and 2021 Sir Mark was UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator where he chaired the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. From 2011-17 he was the Permanent Secretary at DFID where he supervised a 40% growth in Britain’s aid budget. Prior to that Sir Mark served in three Director General posts in DFID, covering Corporate Performance and Knowledge Management from 2003 to 2006, Policy and International from 2006 to 2008 and Country Programmes from 2008 to 2011. He is now an adviser to WHO and IMF and chairs a large Multi Academy Trust in the UK.

Lyn Davies, NED

Lyn 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.

She is particularly experienced in business optimisation, leading business turnaround, business development, client relationship development, proposition development, building business partnerships and shaping business for growth. She now works 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.

Gareth Moss, Director of Finance

Gareth MossGareth is CIPFA's Finance Director. A CIPFA-qualified accountant, he is a former Director of Resources of two local authorities. Before becoming FD he worked in CIPFA's consultancy arm, advising public sector bodies on a wide range of issues including financial management, governance and senior staff recruitment.

His past employment includes roles at Serco, where he was responsible for their local government contracts, Price Waterhouse and several local authorities. Gareth is a Non-Executive Director at Worcestershire Children First and chairs the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Rob Whiteman CBE, Chief Executive

Rob WhitemanRob 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.

He 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.

Harry Gaskell – Senior NED

Photo of Harry Gaskell

Harry Gaskell is Chair of the Which? Limited Board. Harry is a Senior Advisor within the Sustainability team for EY UK and Chairs their External Advisory Board on Sustainability. Harry previously headed the UK&I EY Earth team and before that the UK Innovation team. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner of the 1,700-strong UK&I Consulting business which Harry helped grow from scratch.

Harry is a member of the Court of Governors of the University of the Arts, London and Chair of the Finance Committee. From 2011-2020 Harry was Chair and Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) and established ENEI as the UK’s leading workplace inclusion organisation growing its membership from 100 to 350+ employers in the UK.

Frances Done, NED

Frances Done has extensive Board level experience and is currently Independent Lay Member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the House of Commons and has served as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Professional Standards Authority since 2017. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of Manchester 2002 Ltd, the Organising Committee of the successful XVII Commonwealth Games, Managing Director for Local Government, Housing and Criminal Justice at the Audit Commission, and Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales