Institutes – Evans to quit CIPFA

CIPFA is to lose another member of its management team. Policy and technical director Martin Evans announced last week he would be leaving for the Audit Commission in October.

Evans becomes the sixth member of the secretariat’s management to leave in the last three years. Director Noel Hepworth retired while Chris Grimes, director of health, and David Thomas, director of local government, were both made redundant. David Mortimer, former head of education, was demoted before leaving the institute. Richard Morris, formerly deputy director, committed suicide last May.

Evans will become director of purchasing at the commission, responsible for market testing public audit and developing quality-control programmes for the commission’s audit work. He will also contribute to its work on auditing standards in the public sector.

At CIPFA, Evans was responsible for the management and quality assurance of the institute’s technical work on accounting, auditing and financial management and professional regulation – including developing policies and technical standards, practical guidance and commercial products.

Previously, Evans had been under-secretary of the accounting standards committee at the English ICA and worked for the London borough of Croydon.

‘I look forward to contributing to the development of public audit,’ said Evans of his new role. The current post-holder, Bruce Anderson, is returning to his native New Zealand.

Andrew Foster, controller of the commission, said Evans would bring ‘a wealth of experience about accounting and auditing standards which will be invaluable to our vital stewardship role of public finances’.

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