About our Council officers

Biographies for the honorary officers on the CIPFA Institute Council

President – Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive & 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 & Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City 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 and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the Digital Strategy implementation for the county council.

Carolyn has been CIPFA qualified since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA for 2019/20 and has been a member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held Chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student & Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council and Board.

Vice 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 £650m. 

Andy 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 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; 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) and 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 Chief Executive Officer role, Andy was appointed as Chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire STP Footprint in March 2016.

Junior Vice President - Mike Driver

Mike joined the Department of Health & Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent his first 6 years in the Civil Service delivering services to customers. He then moved into regional management and thereafter fulfilled a range of policy and finance roles.

Mike is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and has held a variety of FD roles, both corporate and operational. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Department for Work & Pensions in 2012. 

From 1st April 2016, Mike was appointed the CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and on 1st June 2017 also became the Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where he is driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.

In addition to his core roles, he has a range of additional responsibilities.  Within the MoJ, Mike is the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. Across Government, he is a member of the Commercial Function Oversight Board and a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connect Limited.  

To drive forward the finance profession, Mike is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Board.

Past President - Sarah Howard

Sarah is a partner and Head of Public Sector 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.