CIPFA board

Biographies of the members of the CIPFA Board, which is chaired by the president.

Carolyn Williamson, Chair

Williamson

Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council and is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the county council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council which encompasses Finance, HR and Transactional Services to the partners. This is a unique arrangement which operates across the Public Sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership. 

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the Digital Strategy implementation for the county council.

Carolyn has been CIPFA qualified since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA for 2019/20 and has been a Member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held Chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student & Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council and Board.

Lyn Davies, NED

Lynn DaviesLyn is a senior business leader who started her career in local government finance where she qualified with CIPFA. She spent over 20 years at Capita in management consulting, technology and customer service divisions, working directly with clients from government, non-profit and major private sector brands from across industry sectors. Lyn is particularly expert in business optimisation, leading business turnaround, business development, client relationship development, proposition development, building business partnerships and shaping business for growth. She is now working as an independent consultant.

Lyn was born in South Wales and now lives in Oxford. Throughout her career she has also been an active volunteer in her community, supporting local schools and charities.

Mike Driver, Junior Vice President

Driver

Mike joined the Department of Health & Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent his first six years in the Civil Service delivering services to customers.  He then moved into regional management and thereafter fulfilled a range of policy and finance roles.

Mike is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and has held a variety of FD roles, both corporate and operational. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Department for Work & Pensions in 2012. 

From 1 April 2016, Mike was appointed CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and on 1 June 2017 also became the Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where he is driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.

In addition to his core roles, he has a range of additional responsibilities.  Within the MoJ, Mike is the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. Across government, he is a member of the Commercial Function Oversight Board and a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connect Limited.  

To drive forward the finance profession, Mike is a member of the CIPFA Board.

Andrew Hardy, Vice President

Andy is Chief Executive officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), one of the largest tertiary acute trusts in the country, with an annual turnover in excess of £650m.

Andy was appointed CEO in 2010. For the six years prior to that he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Andy is currently Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB); a member of Midlands and East Local Education and Training Board; Chair of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network South Membership Innovation Council; and a council member of CIPFA and a member of Warwick Medical School Faculty Advisory Board. 

Andy is also a Director of Albany Theatre Trust, Coventry.

Previously Andy has served as Chair of the Finance Directors’ Group of the Association of United Kingdom University Hospitals and in 2014 he was appointed the National President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); his chosen theme for the year was ‘lead by numbers’. In January 2016 Andy was appointed Professor of Industry at the University of Warwick.In addition to his CEO role, Andy was appointed as Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire STP Footprint in March 2016.

Sarah Howard, Past President

Sarah Howard

Sarah is a partner and Head of Public Sector at Grant Thornton.  Sarah’s passion for the sector and strong support for CIPFA has seen Grant Thornton become the largest UK recruiter of CIPFA students and the first firm to launch the CIPFA apprenticeship scheme and adopt the new Integrated Qualification.  

Sarah spends much of her time between the north of England and London, leading the firm’s public sector assurance and advisory practice.  Sarah has been lucky to work with a variety of clients over the last 25 years, seeing most recently the devolution changes across Greater Manchester first hand.  Previously Sarah was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, and before that was with the Audit Commission in Bristol and Yorkshire. 

Sarah has been an active volunteer for CIPFA over much of her career, as an Examiner, Regional Executive member and as an elected Council member.  Sarah’s volunteering efforts have been recognised by the Institute through both the Dr Hedley Marshall Award for outstanding contribution to regional activities and the Tom Sowerby Award for outstanding services to CIPFA students.

Jayne Owen, Trustee

Jayne StephensonJayne is Finance and Resources Director of North Wales Housing Association, a successful social enterprise providing homes and delivering services across North Wales. 

Jayne is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) with 30 years public sector experience, five years as Treasurer/Director of Finance and prior to taking up this role, Jayne undertook the role of Director of Finance (Police and Crime) for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

This and previous roles involve significant complexity, with accountability for multi-million pound budgets and advising on the deployment of these resources. Areas of expertise include treasury management, financial planning, audit, procurement, commissioning, value for money, organisational transformation and effective governance

Dating back 17 years, Jayne has been a long serving volunteer and advocate for CIPFA with student, regional and national roles. She is currently serving as a Council Member and Chair of the Student and Members Board. 

Jayne’s career has been rooted in the public sector, caring deeply for the role of the public, voluntary, social enterprise sectors in society.

Mohammed Sajid, Trustee

Sajid

Mohammed has been the Chief Accountant at the London Borough of Islington since 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in local government finance, having started straight from university. Mohammed completed his CIPFA training and qualification at Birmingham City Council.

Mohammed has been a member of the CIPFA Council since 2015, and has served on the Policy and Standards and Student and Members Boards. He is currently Vice Chair of the Public Entities and Charities Board. Mohammed joined the CIPFA Board in 2018.

Mohammed is passionate about promoting and growing CIPFA, and was part of the CIPFA Global Taskforce that devised the 10-year CIPFA international strategy. Mohammed has been part of the organising committee of the CIPFA South East Summer School. He was part of the Brexit Taskforce in 2015 and the Finance Leaders and Digital Steering Group in early 2018.

Mohammed is committed to using his CIPFA skills to help the wider community. He has recently been active in helping secure the long-term future of the only operational pre-WWI swimming baths in Britain by being part of a community group that has taken over the operations at Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham.

Joe Sealy, NED

Sealy Joe

Previously a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs, Joe has been a specialist in providing strategic advice to clients covering communications, media, entertainment, advertising and security. Joe has been an experienced strategic adviser to corporations, investors and government institutions across multiple regions and industries. He has previously held the position of Partner at KPMG in strategy consulting and implementation and has also held various positions as an adviser in the public sector, specialising in privatisation and outsourcing.

He is a founding partner at Greater Pacific Capital.

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman was appointed as the Chief Executive of CIPFA in September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement and Development Agency. Between 2005 and 2010 Whiteman was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Prior to this role, he was Director of Resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Whiteman is a well-known commentator and writer on public service reform and modernisation, on a wide range of areas such as leadership, partnership working across local and central government, and building community cohesion. In 2008 he was named one of the ten most influential people in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. In 2007 and 2009 he carried out the capability reviews of the Department of Health for the Cabinet Office.

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Government from the University of Essex, Whiteman started his management career at WH Smith, before moving into the public sector. An accountant by profession, Rob qualified with CIPFA early in his career while working at the London Borough of Camden. He has since held several local government finance advisory roles for the Local Government Association and CIPFA, and for many years served as Secretary to the Society of London Treasurers.

Peter Woodman, Director, Finance and Performance

Woodman, PeterPeter Woodman is responsible for all CIPFA’s financial and facilities operations, having been appointed as Chief Financial Officer in February 2014. As CIPFA’s longest-serving member of staff, Peter brings over 35 years of organisational knowledge and experience, alongside his over 20 years of post-qualification experience, having qualified with ACCA in 1994 and becoming a CIPFA member in 1999, and experience of both not-for-profit and commercial financial operations. 

He most recently successfully managed CIPFA’s London Property project, which led to the sale of its three London properties, and simultaneous purchase and refurbishment of CIPFA’s new Mansell Street HQ. 

Ian Ball, Chair, CIPFA International

Ian BallIan Ball is working with the Institute on its global growth and development. He is the former Chief Executive of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and led IFAC from 2002 to 2013. In 2009, he oversaw the publication of the first comprehensive suite of International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

Prior to joining IFAC, Ian worked in his native New Zealand, where he oversaw the modernisation of public sector management practices. He is a member of CIPFA and also a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and of CPA Australia.