Sean Nolan appointed CIPFA Director of Local Government


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is pleased to announce that Sean Nolan, formerly Chief Finance Officer in the Office of Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), has joined CIPFA as Director of Local Government.

Sean has accepted the role having already spent 6 months working closely with CIPFA as Senior Local Government Advisor, during which time he has been central to the shaping of the organisation’s policy in areas such as 100% retention of business rates.

Before joining CIPFA, Sean spent four years with OPCC, where he oversaw a period of financial transition and was a central part of the team that garnering praise from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which last year pronounced Kent Police’s financial sustainability as ‘outstanding’.

Sean has 30 years’ experience in public finance roles and prior to the OPCC, he spent over 16 years as treasurer for Buckinghamshire and East Sussex County Councils respectively. At East Sussex he also served as Deputy Chief Executive with the wider responsible for the broader resource portfolio covering ICT, procurement and property. Sean is a former President of the Society of County Treasurers, (SCT), The Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers Society (PACCTS) and the Association of Local Authority Treasurer Societies (ALATS). Sean has also served as Financial Advisor to Parliament's Communities and Local Government Select Committee and been a core advisor to the Local Government Association.

“There are always a lot of decisions to weigh up when moving on from a job, particularly one as interesting and rewarding as CFO for OPCC, including the national work on behalf of PACCTs,” said Sean.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and wish the new Commissioner, the Office and Kent Police continuing success for the future.

“However, the role with CIPFA, working for Rob in particular, offers a brand new set of challenges with national scope at a really interesting and challenging time for Local Government and was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, said: “I am thrilled Sean has agreed to join us in this role and I’m excited about building on the working relationship we have already forged over the past half a year. Prior to CIPFA, Sean can boast an impressive list of achievements, spanning an equally impressive career, and I’m grateful our local government members will have such an accomplished director championing their cause.”

As Director of Local Government, Sean will be involved in all aspects of CIPFA's work on local government, particularly in developing key relationships with treasurers. His work will focus on devolution, planned major changes in local government finance, and the challenges of financial resilience for councils. However, Sean will not be lost to policing as his new role for CIPFA will include assisting the sector in its various financial management challenges.