Institutes – CIPFA hunts for new chief

CIPFA has started the hunt for a new chief executive to replace David Adams, who is due to stand down when his contract expires next March.

An advertisement has been published in the national media seeking candidates for the £125,000 post. CIPFA hopes to make an appointment shortly which can be confirmed at the institute’s September council meeting, allowing the successful candidate to start in the New Year.

The institute is seeking candidates who are ‘outstanding professionals’, but does not restrict applicants to CIPFA membership or those working in public services.

The public sector body has also just launched its revised syllabus which students will undertake from September this year. The new syllabus includes modules on taxation, management accounting and policy making.

Seven of the 14 subjects in the syllabus have been affected. New open-learning materials will also be introduced and the cost of the course has fallen from £3,284 to £1,350 for the three-year study period in an attempt to make it more competitive with other institutes.

Departing CIPFA president Margaret Pratt confirmed the details in her presidential address at the institute’s annual conference earlier this week.

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