Finance Advisory Network 

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

Your advisors – David Ellis, Caroline White, Sandra Beard and Gareth Davies (Scottish FAN) – will keep you at the forefront of critical issues affecting local government financial accounting and reporting.

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

Meet your advisors

David Ellis | LinkedIn Profile

David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as Chief Accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E:, T: 01502 584395.

Caroline White, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN) | LinkedIn Profile

Caroline White, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN)

Caroline has been a Finance Advisory Network advisor at CIPFA since early 2013, supporting practitioners in all aspects of local government accounting and particularly in the technical area of collection fund accounting. E:, T: 01964 533097.

Sandra Beard, FAN Advisor | LinkedIn Profile

Sandra Beard, FAN Advisor

Sandra is a qualified accountant, and has 15 years’ experience in local government working at Warwickshire County Council, initially as a Principal Accountant within Adult Social Care and then as the Capital Accountant within Corporate. She joined the CIPFA Fan Advisory Network as a FAN Advisor in 2017 providing advice and support to practitioners across the Public Sector. E:, T: 02476 591922.

Gareth Davies, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Gareth Davies, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Having gained 17 years of experience working in Scottish local government, Gareth joined CIPFA in 2008. His role in CIPFA’s Edinburgh office includes supporting members and associated organisations with technical advice and guidance; provision of Scottish Finance Advisory Network events and support to subscribing organisations; secretariat services to LASAAC relating to Scottish local government accounting requirements; participation in the NHS Technical Accounting Group; delivery of public and in-house training events; and additional consultancy and project work as required.

Gareth’s objective is to help his fellow finance practitioners address the practical challenges they face in meeting their professional responsibilities.
E:, T: 0131 221 8644, M: 0782 694 7719.

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:


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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.


The Finance Advisory Network Forum is a closed forum for members of the CIPFA Finance Advisory Network; access it using your MYCIPFA login.

The forum enables members to discuss key issues, put questions to colleagues and the Finance Advisory Network and offer suggestions for Network events. The forum is not moderated but any offensive postings will be deleted by the forum administrator.

You can read our guide on how to use the forum.

FAN Non-Subscriber Newsletters

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