Commercial board

Members of the CIPFA Business Limited Board

The CIPFA Commercial Board oversees CIPFA's commercial operations in accordance with the overall strategic direction determined by council.

The commercial board acts as the board of directors for the wholly-owned subsidiary, CIPFA Business Limited, which gifts its profits to the institute.

The board is chaired by the senior non-executive director and its membership consists of:

  • two CIPFA trustees (ordinarily president and vice president)
  • four non-executive directors
  • CIPFA's Chief Executive
  • CIPFA's Chief Finance Officer
  • CIPFA's Chief Operating Officer

Joe Sealy, NED

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.

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. Joe is a founding partner at Greater Pacific Capital.

Roger Alderson, Vice Chair

Roger AldersonRoger started his career as a systems engineer quickly moving into sales support and marketing. 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 worked 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.

Professor Mary Bishop NED, CIPFA Students and Members Board/CIPFA Commercial Board

Mary is a fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), a former Director of Learning for ACCA Global. Her experience of learner needs spans both SMEs and listed companies across circa 200 countries as well as academic institutions. With industry experience herself as a leader in education, technology, manufacturing and utility businesses, she is an author of over 15 books including the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Accounting.

She currently holds a portfolio of non-executive roles including National Institutional TEF panelist, member of the statutory quality assessment advisory committee to the Office for Students board and representative on the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment. She sits on the board of Arden University and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and the board of a group of post-18 colleges in Asia. Mary sits on the British Accreditation Council and Audit Committee and also Bristol University Audit Committee.

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.

Mike Driver, Chair

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.

Gareth Moss, Chief Finance Officer

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.

Jayne Owen, Vice 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.

Mark Thomson, NED

Mark ThomsonMark Thomson is an experienced business leader, having held high-profile senior positions in both the private and public sector. As director general for UK Visas and Immigration and Her Majesty's Passport Office, he led teams responsible for managing around ten million visa and passport applications a year and advised the Home Secretary on immigration strategy and policy.

Prior to joining the Home Office, Mark held a number of senior positions at Royal Mail including sales and customer services director on the company's executive committee. As managing director international, he developed new strategy to restructure the import/export operation and tackle a lack of commercial development.

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.

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 the institute's members, students and customers receive a first-class service across our range of education, learning, training and advisory services.

He is a CIPFA-qualified accountant, and has over 15 years of 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, he 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.