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Having started his career as a finance trainee with Birmingham City Council, Andrew qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1988. In his 35 year career across the West Midlands, he has held posts with responsibility for social care, public service agreements, property and customer services in addition to finance roles.
Speaking on the appointment, Rob Whiteman, CIPFA CEO, said:
"Andrew’s broad experience in public services will be an asset to CIPFA’s work across all parts of the public sector.
“At a time when service demand is high, resources are more stretched than ever and the political agenda is dominated by Brexit. Andrew will support us to cast much needed light on domestic policy that’s falling by the wayside.”
Most recently, Andrew was Director of Finance and Resources at Staffordshire County Council, where he led the authority’s transformation agenda.
As well as being former President of CIPFA, Andrew is also the former Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB), and past President of the Society of County Treasurers.
Commenting on his new position, Andrew Burns said:
“I’m thrilled to be supporting CIPFA at such an important time for public services. When the political and policy contexts are changing so quickly, strong public financial management and robust governance are key to ensuring transparency and accountability.
“I look forward to getting stuck in to my new role with CIPFA, and getting the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the Institute and the sector it serves.”
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