Member case studies

Our members come from all walks of life and each have their own unique story to tell of their career in public finance, how CIPFA supports them in their careers and what CIPFA means to them.

Central government, UK

Caroline Rolfe – Finance and Business Services Change Programme Deputy Director, Highways England

After training as an accountant and working with the Audit Commission, Caroline moved across into government as chief accountant with responsibility for a balance sheet with over £140bn of assets and High Speed 1.

Cat Little – Director General Public Spending and Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury

Beginning her career at PWC, Cat spent 11 years working on assurance and advisory projects related to government and the wider public sector.

Chris Austin CBE – Department for International Development

In early 2020, Chris was appointed as Counsellor for Regional Development in the British High Commission, Pretoria.

Gareth Davies FCPFA – Comptroller and Auditor General, UK National Audit Office

In 2019 the UK's Prime Minister and the chair of the Public Accounts Committee selected Gareth Davies to become the next head of the National Audit Office (NAO).

Sir Jon Thompson CPFA, CIMA – CEO, Financial Reporting Council and HM Revenue and Customs

In 2019, Jon took up the post of CEO of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which is responsible for the regulation of auditors, accountants and actuaries in the UK.

Lisa Commane – Senior Director of Business Improvement, The Water Services Regulation Authority

In 2013, Lisa took responsibility for Transformation and for Customer Services and ICT strategy, and then operations in 2014.

Matt Jones – External Financial Management Lead, HM Revenue and Customs

Matt leads a team at the heart of HMRC's financial management, who reports on the department's financial position to HM Treasury, working with HM Treasury and other government departments on funding issues.

Mike Driver CB, FCPFA

Mike has held a number of senior positions across central government and was CIPFA President for 2021/22.

Precious Akinmoju CPFA – Head of Strategic Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis, Department for International Trade

Within two years of graduating, Precious had secured her first leadership role and today, she can be found working as the Department for International Trade's Head of Strategic Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis.

Vicky Rock – Managing Director Finance, Performance and Portfolio for the House of Commons

Vicky began her current role at the House of Commons in June 2022. As Finance Director, Vicky provides leadership on financial management including ensuring regularity, propriety, value for money and feasibility for use of public resources. Prior to this, she held a number of roles at HM Treasury, most recently as Director of Public Spending and Deputy Head of the Government Finance Function.

Local government, UK

Carolyn Williamson – Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources, Hampshire County Council

Carolyn is also the chief financial officer for Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire Pension Fund.

Coral Main – Head of Business Planning and Risk, Leeds City Council

As a management consultant, Coral had a range of clients, specialising in energy and utilities companies.

Devante Olojo – finance graduate, Southwark Council

Devante joined Southwark Council as a finance graduate trainee in September 2020 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a first-class honours degree in International Business Finance and Economics.

Humphrey Thompson – finance graduate, Southwark Council

Humphrey currently works in children and families finance at the London Borough of Southwark, having previously worked in schools finance for a number of months.

Jamie Shah – Finance Manager for Financial Planning and Monitoring, Corporate Finance, Westminster City Council

Jamie has been working for Westminster City Council since joining as a graduate finance trainee in 2015 via the Finance the Future local government training scheme.

Joanna Killian – Chief Executive, Surrey County Council

Joanna was appointed Chief Executive of Surrey County Council in March 2018, where her initial priority was to address the authority's precarious financial position.

Kady Wilson – Trainee Accountant, Flintshire County Council

Kady works directly with schools, giving financial support to head teachers, governors and business managers.

Nick Wilson – Corporate Finance Manager, North East Lincolnshire Council

After studying maths at university, Nick worked as an accountancy assistant for North East Lincolnshire Council.

Shaer Halewood – Director of Resources, Wirral Borough Council

In 2008, Shaer spent 18 months in consultancy before being appointed to her current role in Warrington in 2010.

Tim Mpofu CPFA – Head of Pensions and Treasury, Haringey Council

In 2017, Tim was awarded PQ Magazine's PQ of the Year, a national award in recognition for his contribution to CIPFA and public sector finance while at Ealing Council.

Housing, UK

David Enticott – Finance Director and Company Secretary, Derby Homes

Over the course of his career, David has been involved with the Local Government Association (LGA), CIPFA's Housing Panel, and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) panels on council housing finance.

David Smith – Executive Director of Resources, Broadacres Housing Association

David joined Broadacres in 2019 from professional services firm EY, where he was an associate partner leading public sector accounting advice in the UK and Ireland.

Jayne Owen – Finance and Resources Director at North Wales Housing and CIPFA President for 2022/23

Jayne joined North Wales Housing in 2019, her first role in housing in a 30-year public sector finance career (and counting) that has seen her work across local government, policing and more.

Health, UK

Alison Tonge – Regional Director of Commissioning, NHS England

Alison has been involved in public sector healthcare for more than 30 years, starting her career in local government as a graduate trainee accountant at Manchester City Council.

Andy Hardy – CEO, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Since leaving university, Andy has worked within the NHS. He became CFO of UACW in 2004 before later becoming the deputy chief executive, and then chief executive.

Claire Gravil – Head of Finance, Direct Commissioning/COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for NHS England, North East and Yorkshire

Claire took on her current secondment role having been Head of Finance for Direct Commissioning since December 2015, with responsibility for a £2.6bn budget.

David Melbourne – Deputy Chief Executive/CFO, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

David helped establish the Health Exchange, a social enterprise in Birmingham that provides health promotion advice to disadvantaged and hard to reach communities.

Devasuda Anblagan PhD – Senior Finance Manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement

Devasuda is passionate about improving the healthcare system and medical research through understanding current challenges and future demand.

Hardev Virdee – Group Chief Finance Officer, Barts Health NHS Trust

Hardev gained his first board role as Finance Director at Hounslow Primary Care Trust (PCT) in 2009, building up a portfolio of board roles across various NHS organisations before taking on his current role.

Tahmid Ahmed - Financial Planning Analyst, NHS England

Tahmid completed the three-year NHS graduate management training scheme in 2021, having always known that he wanted a career focused around helping others within the community and contributing to society.


Ian Thompson CPFA – Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

Ian is President of the Police Treasurers Society (PACCTS), which represents 43 local policing bodies in England and Wales.

James Kidd – Chief Accountant, Hertfordshire Constabulary

James started this role at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 and is responsible for the financial and management accounting at the organisation.

John Bloomer – Chief Finance Officer, Staffordshire Police

John is is responsible for finance and commercial services, with a net revenue budget of more than £200m.

Nigel Hiller – Director of Resources, South Yorkshire Police

Throughout his career, Nigel has undertaken voluntary activity for CIPFA through serving on the council and chairing the Financial Management Panel.

Ruth Hodson – Strategic Business Partner, Metropolitan Police Service

After a number of roles in local government, Ruth is now a Strategic Business Partner for the Metropolitan Police Service.

Firms and private sector, UK

Alina Gheorghiu-Currie – Deputy Chief Investment Officer, CAMG LLP

Alina sits on the CAMG investment committee and is the firm's lead on responsible investment policy.

Carly Wilson – Finance Manager for UK Acquisitions, Civica Ltd

Carly manages the financial acquisition and integration process for all of Civica's UK acquisitions.

Chris Brown CPFA, CISA, MAAT – Head of Strategic Sales, Partnerships and Alliances, Capita

As an experienced professional services leader, Chris's track record reflects a career in creating and implementing vision, strategy and new operating models in order to drive business growth and development.

Ebony Hughes CPFA – Director, IMPOWER Consulting

Ebony has worked at IMPOWER for nearly a decade, having previously been with PwC for six and a half years, where she undertook her CIPFA training as part of PwC's graduate scheme.

Joe Sealy NED – Co-founder and COO, Greater Pacific Capital

After qualifying with CIPFA as an accountant while working for various councils, Joe co-founded a private equity investment business Greater Pacific Capital, which he continues to lead today.

Kelly Watson – Head of Local Government Relationships, CCLA

Over her career, Kelly has worked in both public and private sectors, taking on senior roles in both, as director of finance in the private sector and chief finance officer (S151) in local government.

Mark Williams – CIPFA

Mark has been a member since 2012, and is a member of the CIPFA Government Board and South East Regional Council.

Neil Sartorio – Lead Partner for Local Public Services, EY

Over the past ten years Neil has established and developed EY's local public services practice, which brings the organisation's professional services capability into the local public sector market.

Paul Dossett – Partner and Head of Public Sector Assurance, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Paul is a CIPFA qualified accountant who has worked on local government and NHS audit, assurance and advisory projects for over 30 years.


Claire Lake – Partner, Niewe Consulting

Claire is a partner at Niewe Consulting and looks after CIPFA's interests in both Canada and the USA.

Datuk Dr Yacob Bin Mustafa – Accountant General, Accountant General's Department, Malaysia

Datuk Dr Yacob's career journey has spanned more than 30 years, in serving various government departments such as the Government Investment Companies Division of Malaysia's Ministry of Finance.

Phil Sharman – Statutory External Auditor, British Overseas Territory of St Helena

After becoming CIPFA qualified, Phil held various positions within the public sector before returning to St Helena as external auditor to promote good governance and accountability.

Sophie Medwell – Financial Audit Manager, Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, Canada

Sophie began her career at Grant Thornton UK LLP in Bristol in 2014, where she studied for her CIPFA qualifications, completing them in 2017.

Independent bodies, UK and International

Andrew Kendrick – Audit Manager, National Audit Office's Local Audit Code and Guidance

Andrew's team maintains the Code of Audit Practice that sets out how auditors meet their responsibilities for the audit of local government, and issues guidance to help them in that.