Steve Freer to step down from leadership of CIPFA


CIPFA Chief Executive, Steve Freer, has announced that he will step down from the leadership of the Institute during the next twelve months, after more than twelve years in the role.

Mr Freer said,

“It is a tough decision for me to take. It's a brilliant job and a great organisation. I really have enjoyed every moment. CIPFA and its members make such an important contribution to the public services, never more so than in the current climate of austerity. In my view, our members are handling some of the most challenging roles in the profession, and doing so with amazing skill.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with great colleagues and remain very committed to the Institute's work, particularly in relation to managing austerity, improving public financial management and developing CIPFA internationally. But I think it is time for me to hand over the reins to a successor who I am sure will bring fresh ideas to drive our agenda forward.”

Sir Tony Redmond, CIPFA President, said:

“I am sure members will join me in expressing their deep appreciation to Steve for his tremendous contribution to the Institute and its affairs over the past twelve years as Chief Executive. He has been the driving force and a major influence behind many of CIPFA's very considerable achievements during his tenure. On behalf of the Institute I would like to express my sincere gratitude for his exceptional work, delivered tirelessly, in public finance and accountancy and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do next.”




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Notes to Editors:

  •  Details on the appointment process for Steve Freer’s successor will become available in due course.


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.