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CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is pleased to announce that Brian Roberts, has joined the Institute in the part-time advisory role of Associate Director for Local Government.
Brian is a CIPFA qualified accountant and member with over 40 years’ experience, and a leading national expert on public financial management. He will continue in his role as Finance Commissioner for Northamptonshire County Council.
Speaking on the appointment, Rob Whiteman, CIPFA CEO, said:
"We are delighted that Brian is joining the institute as his vast experience and technical knowledge will be an invaluable asset for CIPFA, especially in our link to CFOs and other major stakeholders. CIPFA is focused on strengthening finance teams with the guidance, tools and services they need to navigate the difficult period ahead.
“Speaking to government with a neutral and professional perspective on distribution and technical issues at a time when the sector needs more resources continues to be an important role of leadership for CIPFA; and equally Brian’s highly respected career will provide CFOs with much welcome individual and collective advice, not least on resilience challenges.”
His career has included finance roles with Leicester County Council, Staffordshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Brian has also been President of CIPFA, President of the Society of County Treasurers, President of the Association of the Local Government Treasurers and Local Government Association’s Core Finance Advisor.
While he will be continuing as finance commissioner for Northamptonshire County Council, Brian said he was looking forward to the additional opportunities which come in his position with CIPFA:
“Reduced funding along with increasing demand for services, particularly in social care, is straining local authorities’ finance. Right now is a pivotal time for local government in a public sector landscape which is rapidly changing.
“The key priorities for me are the financial sustainability of local authorities, the future of local government finance, and addressing sound prudential borrowing by local authorities. I am very much looking forward to kick starting my work at CIPFA by discussing and reviewing these challenges with my colleagues, and ensuring strong relationships between CIPFA and the sector.”
For further information please contact the CIPFA press office on T: 020 7543 5703 or E: Liam.Macandrew@cipfa.org.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. CIPFA shows the way in public finance globally, standing up for sound public financial management and good governance around the world as the leading commentator on managing and accounting for public money.