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Meet the team
Dr William Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor
Before joining CIPFA in September 2022, William was the Scottish Government’s Social Care Reform Finance Lead. At the Scottish Government, William was involved in costing a range of social care reform policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and lead on work contributing to the establishment of the National Care Service. Alongside these responsibilities, William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. William started studying accountancy during the final stages of his PhD.
He is now part-qualified, and is completing his accountancy qualification with CIPFA. William is experienced in facilitating events and training, and in his role as Social Care Policy Advisor, he combines the skills in research, writing, publishing, public speaking and academic rigour gained from his doctoral studies with his knowledge of social care and social care finance. He runs the Social Care Network and acts as CIPFA’s policy voice on social care issues.