Wales Annual Conference Speakers

22 November, St David’s Hotel, Cardiff

CIPFA Wales Conference 22 November Cardiff

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Mark Drakeford

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh GovernmentMark Drakeford

Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s Health and Social Policy Adviser at the Welsh Government.  

Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 to March 2013. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013 and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016. Mark was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 3 November 2017.

Adrian Crompton

Auditor General, Wales Audit OfficeAdrian Crompton

Adrian graduated with a degree in Economics at Bath University, and worked in Paris before taking up a position as a Research Clerk at the House of Commons Library Research Division. He worked as government statistician at the Welsh Office prior to devolution before becoming Committee Clerk at the newly established National Assembly for Wales. Adrian undertook various roles at the National Assembly before becoming Director of Assembly Business in 2007. 

Since 2014, alongside his role at the National Assembly, Adrian has worked as an Associate for Global Partners Governance, a social purpose company strengthening parliamentary democracy and political institutions in countries around the world. 

Adrian’s voluntary and not-for-profit work has seen him as a board member of LINC Cymru and he is a member of the Study of Parliament Group. In March 2018, Adrian was recommended by the National Assembly for Wales for appointment as the Auditor General for Wales and was formally appointed to the position by HM The Queen. As Head of the Wales Audit Office, he oversees the annual audit of some £20bn of taxpayers’ money and is appointed on an eight-year term.

Ian Kirby

Programme Director, C.CoIan Kirby

Ian is MBA and CIPFA public audit-qualified and has almost 22 years of local government experience across a range of roles and responsibilities from frontline social housing to head of internal audit. He has consistently operated at a senior strategic level and has led a number of transformation projects in corporate and operational services and specialises in governance, performance management and transformational change. 

After a brief stint at the Royal Insurance in Liverpool, Ian began a career in social housing with Merseyside Improved Housing (now Riverside) culminating with a role as Housing Officer with the Liverpool Housing Action Trust supporting the regeneration of a number of tower block estates. Ian entered local government in 1996 and had a number of housing-related roles before undertaking corporate best value roles, looking at performance and service reviews. Ian was first appointed to a head of audit role in 2006 and alongside responsibilities for children’s performance; governance and compliance; and transactional finance it is a role he held for the best part of 12 years. During this time, he developed a keen interest in local government control, governance and assurance. 

Margaret Pratt

Chair of Ethics Working Group, CIPFAMargaret Pratt

Margaret Pratt was CIPFA’s first female president (1998). She joined Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in 1979 as its first graduate trainee at the age of 25, qualifying in 1982. She became active in the Midlands Student’s Society and CIPFA nationally in the early 1980s and played a key role in establishing CIPFA in the Midlands as the first integrated CIPFA region. She was an elected member of the CIPFA Councilfrom 1988 to 2003. 

Margaret has had a varied professional career working in local government, consultancy and the NHS before establishing her own consultancy in 1999. She has worked in a range of executive, non-executive and advisory roles.

Debbie Wilcox

Debbie Wilcox

Leader of WLGA

Cllr Wilcox joined the Council in 2004 and represents the City’s Gaer Ward.  She was elected as Leader of the Council at a meeting of the City’s Labour Group in May 2016 and re-elected Leader in May 2017 after winning the local government elections with a 31 seat majority. She is a graduate of the University of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and holds an MA from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Cllr Wilcox is a former secondary school teacher and left her role as Head of Performing Arts at Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd in order to focus on her political career.  
Previous roles Cllr Wilcox has held at Newport City Council include the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, as well as the Cabinet Member for Education and Young People.
She was previously Chair of the Council’s Labour Group.  She has been the SE Wales List Candidate for Labour for the past two Assembly Elections and serves on Labour’s Welsh Executive Committee.  She has recently been elected as the first female Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association and is the Education Spokesperson.

Carolyn Williamson

Vice President, CIPFACarolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson is Deputy Chief Executive and 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 and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and 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 is CIPFA-qualified, since 1991. Carolyn is Vice President of CIPFA and has been a member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student and Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council.