CIPFA Wales appoints new Head


Chris Tidswell has joined the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) as the new Head of CIPFA Cymru-Wales. He has previously been working with CIPFA since December 2010.

During his time with CIPFA Cymru-Wales, Mr Tidswell has helped to oversee the modernisation of the branch which now has a codified constitution, AGM and more formal structures in place to support members. He was also integral to the establishment of the recent successful CIPFA Conference for the Regions in Cardiff.

Mr Tidswell was previously a Director at Charles Nicholas Consulting Ltd. He has over 28 years’ experience working in and with the public sector as both a practitioner and advisor.

His work will involve promoting CIPFA in Wales to increase its influence in the public sector alongside delivering support to membership and organisations through a programme of activity including events and conferences.

Mr Tidswell commented,

“It is an honour to be appointed as the new Head of CIPFA Cymru-Wales. I hope to continue to work to promote CIPFA in Wales’ profile and to establish CIPFA as a key commentator on public sector financial management in Wales.”

Jon Graham, Managing Director of CIPFA, said,

“I am pleased to be able to welcome Chris to the role. I look forward to working closely with Chris to develop CIPFA’s offering in Wales, forging strong relationships with public services and supporting our members.”

Steven O’Donoghue, Head of Assembly Resources at the Welsh Assembly and CIPFA Cymru-Wales President, said,

“I am delighted that CIPFA has appointed Chris to this key role supporting public services in Wales. As President of CIPFA Cymru-Wales, I and the Branch Executive will continue to work closely with Chris in ensuring CIPFA delivers for its members in Wales and in providing advice and support to public services to help steer a course through these troubled times.”


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Chris Tidswell

Chris Tidswell began his career in 1982 working as a public sector accounting technician for Delyn Borough Council, before moving to work on finance and audit for Cheshire County Council and then an Education Accountant for Warrington Borough Council. In 1998 he became a Marketing and Product Manager at Northgate IS and proceeded to work in a number of sales and consultancy roles. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a senior manager and consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before becoming Assistant Chief Executive of Public Sector Accountants. Immediately prior to becoming Head of CIPFA Wales/Cymru he was a Director at Charles Nicholas Consulting Ltd.


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. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.