Penna PLC partners with CIPFA recruitment services


Penna, the global people management business, is consolidating the recruitment business of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) - the only body that represents finance professionals in the public sector – into Penna’s Recruitment Solutions.

Commenting on the new strategic partnership Julie Towers, Managing Director of Penna Recruitment Solutions, said: 

“CIPFA is a highly regarded membership organisation and the go-to place for public sector finance leaders and professionals. As the institute grew in prominence in the sector, so did its interim and search recruitment business. With Penna’s significant presence in the public sector, and specifically interim and search, a strategic partnership with CIPFA’s recruitment service made complete sense.”

CIPFA Chief Executive Rob Whiteman said:

“CIPFA sees this exciting move to transfer its Recruitment Business into the safe hands of Penna as a partnership for real growth. Together  we will have the opportunity to increase the value and income from this area of business by bringing together two leading public sector executive recruitment brands which can quickly grow market share and consolidate a market leading business for sourcing executive interim and permanent finance leaders. This will enable CIPFA to leverage maximum revenue from its brand and add greater value for public service customers, who will need the very best finance professionals in the coming years, by linking up a wide range of solutions."

Commenting on this development, Gary Browning, CEO of Penna Plc, said: 

“Bringing CIPFA’s recruitment service into Penna enables us to build on our already strong position in public sector recruitment. We already have a strong public sector executive recruitment business and a growing HR executive practice. Being able to secure the best finance talent will complement this and through working with CIPFA enable us to further support the attraction, development and transition of top talent into the public sector. We look forward to bringing an expanded CIPFA/Penna offer to the market. 

Gill Kelly, previously Associate Director, CIPFA Recruitment Services said:

“In my new role at Penna I very much look forward to building a strong partnership. For CIPFA members, clients and associates, this will mean even better recruitment solutions, combined with the great CIPFA service that we are renowned for.”


CIPFA Press Office 
T: 020 7543 5600

Lara van den Bogaard, Consolidated PR on or alternatively T: 020 3697 4368.

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About Penna 

Penna is a global people management business. Through effective services and unrivalled expertise, they help organisations improve their performance through their people. Their expertise spans the entire employment lifecycle – from attraction, managed recruitment, executive search, executive interim and assessment to coaching, learning and development, career development, performance and change and outplacement. To find out more, visit Penna's website.


CIPFA represents approximately 14,000 members who are public finance leaders and officials in the United Kingdom and overseas, specialising in high quality public financial management and governance for organisations in, and providing support to, government and public services. CIPFA is the professional body for people in public finance. Its members work throughout the public sector, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other public and private sector 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 is the foundation for a career in public finance.