Our speakers

CIPFA Scotland’s Public Finance Conference 2022

Martin Booth, Chair, CIPFA Scotland

Martin BoothMartin is Executive Director of Finance at Glasgow City Council and has been in post since May 2018, after spending eight years as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Glasgow Life. Prior to this Martin worked for COSLA where he led on negotiations with the Scottish Government over financial settlements and drafted the Concordat.

Martin was previously Managing Director of Isoplan and also worked in management consultancy for IBM and PWC. Martin started his career as a trainee accountant with Glasgow District Council and worked for a number of local authorities before being part of the Senior Management Team that opened HMP Kilmarnock. Outside of work Martin is a keen golfer, having served as Captain of Whitecraigs Golf Club, and is also a Rugby referee.

Alice Beveridge, Director, Inspirational Speaker and Positive Psychologist

Photo of Alice BeveridgeAlice is a truly unique speaker.

Psychologist, teacher, director and coach, she brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and energy to everything she delivers. Alice is an expert in all things wellbeing, mindset and leadership. As a positive psychologist she challenges the way people see themselves. She has a true passion for helping people realise that they are in control of their lives and by introducing people to a range of positive psychology theories and interventions, through fun and laughter,  Alice helps them ignite their spark.

Mike Driver, Past President, CIPFA

Photo of CIPFA's President, Mike DriverMike joined the Department of Health & Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent his first 6 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.

He 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, he was appointed the CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and from July 2017 to August 2020 Mike was Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, driving forward the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.

Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Photo of Liz Mcareavey, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Chamber of CommerceLiz was appointed CEO of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2016 following 6 years in various senior roles at the Chamber.

Liz sits on a range of civic boards in the city including The Edinburgh City Vision Steering Group, The Festivals Forum, The Edinburgh Development Forum, The Strategic Implementation Group and the Economic Advisory Panel. She also chairs the Just Economic Transition Group.


Jeff Matsu, Chief Economist, CIPFA

Photo of CIPFA's Chief Economist, Jeffrey MatsuJeff has extensive experience in connecting policy with practice through evidence-based research, he works with partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

Previously, Jeff was responsible for market analysis and thought leadership at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and co-led the economy theme at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence.

He was also a senior economist at Morgan Stanley and served on the research staff at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC.

Diana Melville, Network Advisor, CIPFA

Photo of CIPFA Network Advisor, Diana MelvilleDiana is the lead advisor for the Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA's representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. She is a CIPFA-qualified accountant, and regularly provides advice and training on the application of good governance in practice and annual governance statements.

She authored the 2018 edition of Audit Committees: Practical Guidance for Local Authorities and Police, and was part of the working group that developed the Good Governance Framework for Local Government.

Richard Lloyd-Bithell, Senior Technical Manager, CIPFA

Photos of Richard Lloyd-Bithell, Senior Technical Manager at CIPFARichard is senior technical manager within CIPFA’s Public Financial Management directorate, leading on public sector policy, standards and guidance, both in the UK and internationally. Richard has over nine years of public and private sector experience and formerly worked as a lead advisor on treasury management and pensions for CIPFA.

He also worked in local government as a principal accountant, managing a treasury and technical accounting team, before joining CIPFA in 2019.


James Gray, Chief Financial Officer, Police Scotland

Picture of James Gray

James is the Chief Financial Officer and his portfolio consists of the following business areas: finance, logistics, procurement, fleet and estates.He is also the Senior Responsible Officer the Enabling Future Policing Programme. 

CFO Gray is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant who has worked in both the public and private sectors.He previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Shetland Islands Council and spent 10 years with accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.He was seconded to Police Scotland from PwC in 2016 and was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2017.

Kit England, Green Economy Manager, Glasgow City Council

Kit is the Green Economy Manager for Glasgow City Council, where he leads on the development of the Glasgow Green Deal, fostering the wider systemic transformation for an economy which works for the wellbeing of all, within planetary boundaries. A key focus on this is climate finance, and he is leading work to develop the Glasgow Climate Investment Framework. 

Prior to this, Kit was a Climate Resilience Business Manager for sustainability charity, Sniffer, where he set up and managed the Climate Ready Clyde partnership – a group of 15 organisations collaborating to create the Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan a transformational strategy to ensure Glasgow City Region flourishes in its future climate in a decade and can mobilise the finance needed for its delivery. 

Clare MacGillivray, Founder and Director, Making Rights Real

Clare is a community worker, activist and campaigner for human rights. A passionate community development practitioner, she has over 20 years experience of working with communities campaigning for equality and social justice. 

She is the Founder and Director of Making Rights Real which supports grassroots communities to use a human rights based approach to name and claim their rights. A Board member and European Director with the International Association for Community Development, in 2019 she chaired the World Community Development Conference in Dundee and in 2020 was awarded the Global Ambassador Award for Community Development. 

Anna Howard, Head of Qualifications and Membership, CIPFA

Anna is a chartered accountant with 15 years experience within the Higher Education sector, after achieving a first class honours degree in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University. After working as an accountant in practice she completed an MSc in Accounting with Finance before joining London South Bank University (LSBU) as a lecturer in management accounting. Over the next five years achieved remarkable success in being promoted rapidly first to senior lecturer and then to Associate Professor of Enterprise Education in 2016 and Head of the Division of Business and Enterprise. In 2017 Anna won a ‘WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Award. The awards are designed to recognise the achievements of women who have excelled in their chosen field of business winning within the 'Education and Academia' category, selected for their excellence in training and educational practice. After leaving LSBU went to become Academic Dean at Regent College London before joining CIPFA in 2020.

Jonathan Belford, Chief Financial Officer, Aberdeen City Council

Jonathan is the Chief Financial Officer for Aberdeen City Council with s.95 responsibilities for the Council as well as the North East of Scotland Pension Fund (NESPF). 
He is a CIPFA-qualified accountant, with over 25 years post qualified experience in the local government sector working for a number of local authorities since being a trainee accountant with Grampian Regional Council. In 2014 he worked collaboratively between Aberdeen City and Shetland Islands Councils to fulfil the duties of the s.95 officer, before being appointed to the role of Executive Manager - Finance for SIC in 2016. He re-joined Aberdeen City Council as Chief Officer – Finance in September 2018. 

Derek Yule, Council Member, CIPFA Scottish Region 

Derek retired in June 2019 from the post of Depute Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources with the Highland Council. Since April 2020 Derek has been working part time in a consultancy role providing financial support to COSLA. Derek has worked in Local Government since 1987 in various positions with Clackmannan District Council, Clackmannanshire Council and Aberdeenshire Council, before taking up the post of Director of Finance with Highland Council in October 2011. From October 2017 Derek assumed a wider responsibility as Director of Corporate Resources with Highland Council, and in addition was appointed Depute Chief Executive in November 2017. 

Derek has been a member of a number of Working Groups with the Scottish Government and COSLA, with a particular interest in local government grant distribution, welfare reform, and health & social care integration, and has given evidence to a number of Parliamentary Committees.  

Nina Johansson, Sustainability Advisor, CIPFA

Nina has been with CIPFA since March 2020 and her background spans both the policy and the operational space. Before joining, she held roles in a number of certification bodies and consulting organisations operating in the sustainability space. She has extensive experience in the supply chain and procurement remit, having worked in the supply chain audit space and on consultancy projects with the aim of supporting companies in establishing a good sustainability baseline for their business. 

She is a trained BSCI and SA8000 auditor and previously spent seven years in her native Sweden as a local politician, serving on the environmental committee. In this position, she was part of the cross-party coalition group responsible for the strategic and long-term environmental work in the city of Malmö.

Lauren Bruce, Area Director for Scotland, Cities and Local Growth Unit

Lauren is the Area Director for Scotland in the Cities and Local Growth Unit – a joint unit between the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her team is based across Scotland and work with stakeholders on the ground to offer support, particularly in the delivery of UK Government funding, as well as building intelligence to influence emerging policies and Strategies with the Scottish landscape in mind. Lauren came to this role from COSLA where she worked in several high-profile areas including education and housing, but laterally as Chief Officer for Finance.

Lauren spent her early career in the third sector where she led on Access to Justice for Citizens Advice Scotland.  

Mike Potts, Business Development Manager, CIPFA

Mike is a Business Development Manager, working for CIPFA Property to promote our public sector offer and engaging with our customers to make sure they gain maximum value from software solutions, network subscriptions, consultancy work and can access training and added value products and services.

He has over twenty years of experience in business development and improvement in the housing, construction and local authority sectors. Mike joined CIPFA at the start of 2019 and supports Finance and Property Asset Management colleagues working in the Public Sector to gain the maximum value from Asset Manager.NET, Property Networks (SAN, PTN, HAMP, HAN) and to access the full range of additional support in the form of survey work, consultancy, training and CPD added value products.

Marc Macauley, Senior Counter Fraud Consultant, CIPFA

Marc has been an accredited counter fraud specialist since 1998 with over 24 years of experience in counter fraud work in the public sector. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2017 he was Counter Fraud Group Manager at Waltham Forest Council. He is passionate about making a significant impact in the fight against fraud and a thought leader, developing policy and transformational change to aid the UK in effectively tackling fraud.