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About our council officers

Biographies for the honorary officers on the CIPFA Institute Council

President: Mike Driver CB

Mike is Senior Responsible Officer, Borders and Managed Quarantine Service, HM Government. He moved into government finance in 1999 and held a number of senior roles from 2012 including Chief Financial Officer at the Department for Work & Pensions and Ministry of Justice. In 2017 Mike was appointed to Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, a position he held for over 3 years to drive the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes. Mike has a plethora of additional roles including a non-executive board member of Shared Services Connect Limited.      

Vice President: Jayne Owen

Jayne 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 of public sector experience, five years as Treasurer/Director of Finance and, prior to taking up this role, Director of Finance (Police and Crime) for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

This and previous roles involve significant complexity, with accountability for multi-million pound budgets and advising on the deployment of these resources. 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.

Junior Vice President: Caroline Rassell

Caroline was the Accountable Officer of NHS Mid Essex CCG (since 2014) 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.

She 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 2 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.

Past President: Andrew Hardy 

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 £850m. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010. For the six years prior to that he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008-2010.

In addition, Andy sits on a number of Boards including the following West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, CIPFA, Warwick Business School Faculty Advisory Board, NHS Elect and Global Health Data at Work. In January 2016 Andy was appointed Professor of Industry at the University of Warwick. In addition to his Chief Executive Officer role, Andy was appointed as Senior Responsible Officer of the Coventry and Warwickshire STP Footprint in March 2016. He is also a Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry.