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CIPFA management board

Biographies of the Management Board of CIPFA, chaired by the chief executive.

The members of the Management Board are as follows:

Rob Whiteman CBE, 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 & 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 plc, before moving into the public sector. An accountant by profession, Rob qualified with CIPFA early in his career whilst 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.

Drew Cullen, Director of Public Affairs

Drew CullenDrew Cullen was appointed to direct CIPFA's communications in 2007. Drew brings to the role a wide range of experience from marketing, brand management, communications, media relations, and public affairs. Drew previously worked as director of communications and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Prior to this role, he was the head of marketing and communications at the Royal College of Nursing and the publisher for its magazine and journal division. Overall, Drew has over 25 years' experience of working in professional publishing, membership organisations, charities and the not-for-profit sector. He has a successful track record of staging high profile events and delivering effective communications and campaigns including community action.

Drew has a BA in English from the University of London, and an MBA from the University of Westminster Business School. He has served as a school governor, a trustee of a small international development charity, and is currently a trustee of Borough Market.

Peter Woodman, Director of 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 the CIPFA's London property project that led to the sale of its three London properties, and simultaneous purchase and refurbishment of CIPFA's new Mansell Street HQ.

Dan Worsley, Chief Operating Officer

Dan WorsleyDan Worsley was appointed as CIPFA’s chief operating officer in July 2018. He is responsible for leading CIPFA’s advisory and consultancy services, as well as providing our internal business support services. Dan works closely with the CIPFA Management Board to ensure CIPFA’s members, students and customers receive a first-class service across our range of education, learning, training and advisory services.

Dan is a CIPFA-qualified accountant, and has over 15 years' experience providing assurance and financial management services to the public sector, particularly central government. Dan trained at PwC, and after eight years with the firm left to join the civil service where he worked as a senior civil servant as a deputy finance director and a deputy change director. Prior to joining CIPFA, Dan returned to professional services with a continued focus on central government and international development. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in French and History from the University of Nottingham, and is a strong advocate for public services, sound public financial management and value for money.

Ex-officio members

Ian Carruthers, Chair, CIPFA Standards

Carruthers, IanIan Carruthers became chair of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) in January 2016, having served as a member since 2010.

As a member, he led the IPSASB's work on long-term financial sustainability and alignment between IPSASs and Government Finance Statistics.

After joining HM Treasury from PwC in 1999, Ian played a key role in the UK government’s transition from cash to accrual budgeting and reporting, in particular leading its Whole of Government Accounts program. He joined CIPFA in 2006.

As part-time chair of CIPFA standards, his role encompasses all aspects of the Institute's activities, and he has led its work on the role of the public services CFO, as well as the development of the International Framework for Good Governance in the Public Sector with IFAC.