alan edwards appointed new CIPFA international director


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is pleased to announce that Alan Edwards has been appointed CIPFA's International Director. Alan has been acting in the role, on an interim basis, for the past four months.

Alan has a background in both public service and consultancy roles as well as experience in non-executive roles in both the health and police services. He has 15 years experience of government advisory work at a range of professional services firms. He has been a Partner at both PwC and KPMG in their public sector practices. Alan was also the Civil Government Industry Leader for IBM responsible for their consulting and systems integration work in UK central and local government.

He has been an active CIPFA member and was an elected member of CIPFA’s Council. He is stepping down from his membership of the Institute Council in order to take on this role.

Alan will be building on CIPFA's international work to date, which includes projects to support public financial management professionals in countries including Lesotho, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia and Canada. He will also be leading the Institute's preparations for its first international conference on trust and accountability in public financial management, set to take place from 15 - 17 March 2011 in London.

CIPFA Chief Executive, Steve Freer, said:

‘We are delighted to have Alan with us to lead on maximising CIPFA’s reach and effectiveness as the leading international professional accountancy membership body for those in public finance.’

CIPFA’s International Director, Alan Edwards said:

‘Around the world, CIPFA leads the way in public finance by promoting sound public financial management. Having just returned from seeing the impact of CIPFA training in Lesotho, I can see the value of what we are doing to strengthen the finance profession in the developing world.’



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Notes to Editors:

1. In addition to his work at CIPFA, Alan Edwards is a Non-Executive Director for National Policing Improvement Agency a Home Office NDPB, Chair of ConsultantsBlackBook and an Advisory Board Member for Finnamore Consultants.

2. Alan Edwards qualified as a CIPFA member in 1983.

3. About CIPFA

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.