Ian Ball appointed as Chairman, CIPFA International


CIPFA is delighted to announce that Ian Ball, the former CEO of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), is to be appointed as Chairman, CIPFA International with effect from 1 October, 2013. He will work with the Institute Council and Management Team focusing in particular on CIPFA's international growth and development.

After ten years at the helm of IFAC, Mr Ball will bring tremendous knowledge of the global accounting profession to CIPFA. However, his name is also synonymous, like CIPFA's, with the drive to improve public financial management in governments around the world.

Rob Whiteman, CIPFA's incoming Chief Executive, said

"Ian is renowned for both his deep knowledge of the profession and his abiding passion for improving public financial management. His expertise and guidance will be invaluable as we work to accelerate and expand CIPFA's international growth and development. We are thrilled to have him working with our team."

Speaking about his appointment, Ian Ball said

"It's a tremendously exciting prospect to be working with CIPFA and supporting its work to improve global public financial management. The Institute is uniquely placed to help governments develop stronger financial management practices. But there is still a huge challenge to get all governments to take their financial responsibilities seriously.

“The sovereign debt crisis has exposed both poor accounting and auditing practices and precariously fragile public finances in many countries. I relish the opportunity to be part of a team committed not only to promoting urgent action on reform, but also offering practical solutions. Securing stronger financial management is key to ensuring stability in fiscal policy and, more importantly, the delivery of public services.'


Notes to Editors:

Ian Ball biography

Ian Ball has extensive experience in designing and managing public sector financial systems and implementing public sector financial reforms. From 1987 to 1994 he played a key role in ground-breaking public sector reforms in New Zealand. Accounting and financial management practices were comprehensively modernised to enable and underpin the implementation of strong, effective performance management and accountability arrangements for the government itself as well as its departments and agencies.

Subsequently, he was the architect and champion of the movement to develop and promote adoption and implementation of international accounting standards for the public sector. Having built support and raised funding for this initiative, he led the early phases of the project as the Chair of IFAC's Public Sector Committee from 1995 to 2000. Later, as IFAC's Chief Executive, he saw this work reach fruition with the publication of the first comprehensive suite of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in 2009. He remains an outspoken advocate for governments to implement accrual accounting and budgeting and embrace wider reforms urgently, without which action; the international financial system is exposed to significant risk and the global economy to unnecessary waste.

Mr. Ball then went on to serve as IFAC’s Chief Executive Officer, a position he held for over 10 years from 2002 until March 2013. In this role, Mr. Ball was responsible for developing and managing the execution of IFAC’s strategy. He led a staff of professionals who support independent standard-setting boards in the areas of auditing and assurance, ethics, accounting education, and public sector financial reporting. At IFAC he was also involved in developing guidance and in delivering a range of other programs to support professional accountants worldwide in providing high-quality service to their clients or employers. Prior to joining IFAC Mr. Ball was Principal of Public Sector Performance (NZ) Ltd. and Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has also served as a member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board and of the International Accounting Standards Board’s Standards Advisory Council.

Mr. Ball is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, where he served as a member of the Council, the Executive Board and the Financial Reporting Standards Board, and of CPA Australia. He has degrees in accounting from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, England.