Introducing the Governments Board


In September 2016, CIPFA established the Governments Board to provide guidance and oversight CIPFA's activities. The board consists of an experienced and international blend of experts in central government administration. They will provide technical and experiential advice on content, strategy and delivery of its programmes.

Ann Beasley is the Board Chair. In her previous capacity as Director General of Finance in the Ministry of Justice, Ann led several reform initiatives which led to significant improvements in the Department’s public financial management system. A very committed and engaging CIPFA council member, she said: “With the wide range of fantastically skilled people we have attracted to sit on the Board, I am looking forward to stimulating debates on how CIPFA can use its unique position to advance financial management across the world and learn about the best that is happening internationally.”

It is with great pleasure that CIPFA announces the appointment of the following members:

Vice Chair 

Richard Douglas 
 Advisor of the Governments Faculty, Former Director General, Finance Department of Health


Michael Parsons                
Director General Capabilities and Resources, Home Office
Vanessa Howlison 
Chief Finance Officer, Highways England
Heather Cousins 
Deputy Permanent Secretary NI Executive
Mark Williams  
Director, PA consulting 
Gawain Evans 
Director of Finance, Welsh Government
Fabian Zuleeg 
Chief Executive of the European Centre for Policy Studies
Simon Gill 
Director of Budget Strengthening Initiative, ODI
Marcine Waterman 
Chief Executive, Single Source Regulations Authority
Ileana Steccolini 
Chair of the Accountability & Accounting SIG for IRSPM, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University
Catherine Little 
Head of Professionalism, Ministry of Justice
Professor Toshihiko Ishihara 
CIPFA Japan President, Kwansei Gakuin University
Renaud Seligmann 
CIPFA (Hon), Practice Manager, Public Resources Mobilization and Management, Africa, the World Bank
David Goldsworthy 
International Manager, NAO
Jeanette C. Makgolo 
Senior Assistant Accountant General (Compliance & Procurement), Botswana
Tim Gilling 
Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny
Dr Caroline Brüesch 
Former Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the State of Zurich

CIPFA expresses its sincere gratitude to them for their dedication and commitment to the professionalisation of PFM practitioners and most importantly their relentless contribution effective public service delivery.