your February volunteers update


Welcome to the first volunteer update of 2015.

I write to you for the first time from our splendid new London home in Mansell Street.

Ever since I joined CIPFA as CEO, I’ve been constantly taken aback by how our members have continued to demonstrate amazing examples of the kind of transformation and improvement that is essential to ride out the on-going decline in public spending over the next five years. Despite a growing economy, the squeeze on public finances will continue and be as tough as it has been for some time to come, so to see this drive from our members to create sustainable services into the future fills me with great pride. 

Due to this financial climate, for CIPFA, another pivotal year lies ahead. Therefore, I can promise that we will continue to rebuild CIPFA's UK market share of training and membership in public sector organisations and supporting accountancy bodies. We will continue to actively respond to the developments in the local public audit environment and we will fully launch our new Professional Qualification, which will be in line with the market requirements of trainees and their employers.

Governance Review

But first we start 2015 asking for your help. I am delighted to announce that we have launched a consultation, open to all our members, on the future of our governance structure. The consultation presents proposals for a new flexible governance system fit for a global accountancy body. We are calling for you, our members, to share your views on the proposals to ensure you agree that the potential changes would better serve you and the Institute.

The governance review, which formally began in September 2014, is being led by the Governance Review Working Party (GRWP) and is chaired by CIPFA Past President, Sir Tony Redmond. The proposals in the review aim to better support CIPFA’s current and future strategy and its student and members both in the UK and internationally. The consultation period will run until the 13 March 2015.

Take part in the review

CIPFA Manifesto 2015

With the General Election quickly approaching, we have launched the CIPFA 2015 Manifesto. We are challenging all political parties to work to radically reshape public financial management in the UK, to avoid significant economic pitfalls in the future and to help restore public trust in government.

If we are to see a long-term sustainable financial future for the UK we need to radically reshape the way we run our public services and reshape the management of the public finances, and our manifesto lays out the blueprint for this to happen. We would like our manifesto to reach as far and wide as possible, so take a look on our website, or contact our press office at for a hard copy.

Engaging with CIPFA

To help you communicate with our customers and stakeholders, we have created a CIPFA key facts document. So if you are helping at a CIPFA conference, or volunteering at a careers fair, you will have the understanding and confidence to help us attract new members and students.

CIPFA Key Facts outlines and summarises:

  • Our member offer
  • Qualifications
  • Routes to membership
  • Products and services

Interested? If so, you can find the document online, or ask us to send you a hard copy.

CIPFA are continuously engaging with Universities and Colleges in promoting the institute and offering potential students an insight at studying CIPFA. An effective way of portraying this message is through the support of our Members and students, as CIPFA Ambassadors.

Our Members and students are able to share their experiences of studying CIPFA, working in the public/private sector and offering advice on recruitment for graduate schemes. If you would like to support CIPFA at an event near you then please contact the Business Development team via

Thank you

We will continue to expand on an international basis this year. And you will continue to see the transformation of CIPFA from a UK-based organisation with international interests into a genuinely global organisation with a strong UK base.

As I emphasised at another brilliant Conference for the Regions in October, we cannot continue providing first class services, in the UK and world over, without engaging with you, the volunteers, who are the heart of the membership, providing better support for individual members and our regional bodies.

Therefore I hope I’ll be seeing you all at our new Headquarters over the coming weeks, and as always I value any feedback from you, so feel free to pop into our new members lounge for free coffee, Wi-Fi and a chat at any time!

Wishing you all a great New Year, 

Best wishes,

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA