Meet your FAN advisors

Biographical information about your Finance Advisory Network 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: david.ellis@cipfa.org, 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: caroline.white@cipfa.org, 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: sandra.beard@cipfa.org, 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: gareth.davies@cipfa.org, T: 0131 221 8644, M: 0782 694 7719.