Welsh finance professionals get new leader


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is pleased to announce Steven O'Donoghue has been elected as President of CIPFA Cymru-Wales Branch.

Steven’s election sees him become the first president of the newly created all-Wales branch of CIPFA. Amongst his first presidential duties is to welcome CIPFA national President Jaki Meekings Davis to today’s inaugural Branch Annual General Meeting, where she is giving the keynote speech. 

A qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant, Steven has worked for a variety of Welsh national, regional and local public service providers in a career spanning 20 years. Currently, Steven is the Head of Assembly Resources at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. He is also a member of the Assembly Commission’s Management Board.

Steven has been an active CIPFA member since 2002, and was previously Vice-Chairman of the now superseded CIPFA Wales Executive Forum.  As President, Steven will be building on the Forum’s long tradition of providing support to public financial professionals working throughout Wales.

Steven O’Donoghue, Branch President elect of CIPFA Cymru Wales, said:

“It is an enormous honour to be elected as the first President of the new CIPFA Cymru-Wales Branch.  I will use my term of Presidency to put in place strong foundations for the new all-Wales Branch and build the Branch’s capacity to ensure CIPFA members in Wales have the support they need in these difficult fiscal times and that the creation of the Wales branch bears fruit.”

Commenting on Steven election, Adrian Pulham, CIPFA’s Director of Education and Membership said:
‘We are delighted that Steven will be leading the new CIPFA Cymru Wales branch at this crucial time for public finances. Our members are experts in the sound management of public money, and their skills will be even more necessary.”

Steven’s first year of presidency will also seem him lead CIPFA Cyrmu-Wales in its role as host board for the Institute's 2011 Conference for the Regions event, taking place in September.


Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes / Nicholas Burke
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 5645 / 5787 / 5712
e lindsay.machin@cipfa.org.uk / chloe.forbes@cipfa.org.uk / nicholas.burke@cipfa.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. Steven O’Donoghue term as President will begin 1 Aprill 2011 and end on 01 April 2013. The CIPFA Wales Branch Annual General Meeting is taking place on 31 March at 3 – 7 Rhodfa Columbus Walk, Cardiff CF10 4SD.
Steven O’Donoghue qualified as a CIPFA member in 2000. Steven lives with his family in Pembrokshire.

2. Pictures of Steven O’Donoghue are available from the CIPFA press office.

3. The CIPFA Cymru-Wales Branch first meeting is taking place on 31 March 2011. For a copy of Jaki Meekings Davis speech, please contact the press office.

4. 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. 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.