The Finance Advisory Network (FAN) offers you the latest guidance on finance best practice. Your advisors will keep you at the forefront of critical issues affecting local government financial accounting and reporting.
Meet your advisors
David Ellis FCPFA
David has an extensive technical knowledge and practical understanding of local authority financial statements and the CIPFA/LASAAC Accounting Code of Practice, with which he provides support and guidance to practitioners across local government and UK public bodies. He previously worked in local government for 30 years, specialising in technical accounting, including the introduction of IFRS-based accounting, as well as leading on asset, capital, and the preparation and audit of the statement of accounts.
Jennifer Bevan, Advisor, Finance Advisory Network
Jennifer joined CIPFA in 2022 after working for seven years in local government. She is a CIPFA-qualified accountant who, for the past five years, has been working at Bury Metropolitan Council where she started as a revenue advisor in Public Health and Adult Social Care. From there she joined the authority's closedown and capital teams, with a particular focus on fixed assets and closure of capital accounts. Her experience also includes working on a number of special projects including transformation, levelling up and land and property disposals scheme. As a CIPFA member, Jennifer is also an active volunteer within the CIPFA North West Region.
Mark Catlow, FCA CPFA
Mark joined CIPFA in 2022 after working for seven years in local government. Prior to this he worked for both Ernst & Young and the Audit Commission. He is a member of both the ICAEW and CIPFA and has extensive experience of the collection fund, treasury and statutory financial reporting.
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