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CIPFA appoints new president

Grant Thornton UK’s head of public services Sarah Howard has become president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Howard will begin her 12-month term as president with a welcome speech at the CIPFA annual conference on 11 July.

Howard, who is also a member of Grant Thornton’s Strategic Leadership Team, said: “Public services continue to operate under incredible pressure and have demonstrated resilience, adaptability and exciting innovation.

“CIPFA has a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of public servants, rebuild trust within our society and convene collaborative conversations that help public service organisations and business develop sustainable futures for local communities.”

CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman said: “Today’s public services face a raft of challenges, from the continuing squeeze on budgets to changing and increasing demand. But for those responsible for delivering services, there are also opportunities to seize that will help not only meet current demand, but enable the transformation of services so that they’re both optimal and truly sustainable.

“Understanding this context and seeing those opportunities will be vital for those shaping the sector over years to come. And for this reason, I am absolutely delighted that Sarah will be our new President.

“Her knowledge, insight and experience is second to none and commitment to public services has been demonstrated time and time again, which has led to deep and genuine respect from peers right across the sector.”

She has succeeded Staffordshire County Council director of finance and resources Andy Burns.

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