As regional lead partner for our public sector team in the Midlands I lead a team of more than 75 public sector specialists, working with local government, health, police, fire and central government clients throughout the East and West Midlands. I lead assurance and advisory assignments that promote strong governance, financial management and financial reporting, as well as advising clients on arrangements for ensuring value for money.
I lead the firm's assurance work in healthcare, which includes our programme of national research publications and workshops and seminars, ensuring that our wider experiences are coordinated and communicated to public sector professionals for the benefit of service providers and users alike. As part of this role I represent the firm with key stakeholders, including NHS England and the Trust Development Authority.
I strongly support the investment in new finance professionals and am actively involved in CIPFA though the Midlands regional executive and in supporting the institute's national programme of recruitment and professional training. As part of this, last year I was proud to introduce CIPFA's pilot apprenticeship scheme to Grant Thornton, which has provided an alternative and innovative route to a career in accountancy at the firm.