Institutes – CIPFA calls ex-councillor back

CIPFA is preparing to ask a disgruntled former council member back to serve on a key institute committee after he launched a campaign to win support among members for changes to its education and training scheme.

Ian Perkin, finance director of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, was a council member but failed to retain his seat in this year’s institute elections.

Since being ousted, Perkin has pointed to statistics – which show CIMA had overtaken CIPFA in recruiting trainees in the National Health Service – as evidence that the institute was losing the battle for student numbers.

‘This shows that despite having the majority of qualified accountants in the NHS, CIPFA’s own members would rather train with other institutes,’ he said. ‘If that doesn’t make the alarm bells ring at CIPFA, there surely is no hope for the institute’s long-term future.’

But last week, education and training committee chairman Chris Hurford said the revised qualification was targeted at the students who would ensure CIPFA’s growth and success as the main public services accountancy body.

CIPFA insiders have indicated the institute is planning to bring Perkin back to serve on its education and training committee to allow him to voice his views internally.

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