Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Finance Advisory Network

Welcome to the Finance Advisory Network – advising you on finance best practice.

Your advisors David Ellis, Caroline Newman and Sandra Beard will keep you at the forefront of critical issues affecting local government financial accounting and reporting. Subscribe to the network or log in to download the latest guidance, briefings, newsletters, and more.

You can also download the service plans for FAN, the Scottish Finance Advisory Network (SFAN), and the Welsh Finance Advisory Network (WFAN).

Did you know that CIPFA offers support on collection fund? With increasing reliance on collection fund income it is more important than ever that your collection fund is accurate. To find out how CIPFA can help please see our dedicated collection fund support page.

A reminder for anyone who may need support: CIPFA's Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available to you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there's no need to register.

Meet your advisors

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David Ellis, FAN Advisor, CIPFA

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30 year career in local government. He spent several years as chief accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts.

Tel: 07879 665950

Network essentials

A comprehensive directory of Introduction to... workshops for local government practitioners, our essentials modules are offered through CIPFA's various advisory networks and are therefore available at many locations and dates throughout the year.

List of Introduction to... courses  

Resource bank

Access and download useful resources provided by the Finance Advisory Network:


Download our network newsletters.

Policies and guidance

Access CIPFA's policies and guidance.

The Tax Advisory Service

The Tax Advisory Service keeps you up to date with all the latest tax changes. It combines CIPFA’s unrivalled expertise in the public sector and Deloitte’s deep technical resources to provide subscribers with specialist advice, practical solutions, events and excellent networking opportunities.

FAN Non-Subscriber Newsletters

Download our newsletters for non-subscribers to the Finance Advisory Network.