Head of UK Policy & Technical
Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work. Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as Policy & Technical Officer becoming Policy & Technical Manager in 2004 before becoming Head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013. In April 2014 Don also became CIPFA’s Head of Devolved Government and in April 2015 assumed further responsibility for Financial Management in CIPFA. In 2014, Don led on the Institute’s work on the Scottish referendum and that same year was appointed as the expert budget adviser to the Welsh Assembly’s Finance Committee for the 2015/16 budget process. Don has led CIPFA’s work on local taxation in Scotland and was a member of the Commission on Local Tax Reform which reported in December 2015. In September 2015, he was appointed to the Scottish Parliament Budget Review Group. In January 2018, Don was appointed Head of Policy & Technical and leads CIPFA’s team of technical and policy experts and is responsible for all of CIPFA’s codes of practice and guidance and ensuring that CIPFA’s ‘policy voice’ is prominent. Outside of work Don is happily married with 2 grown-up sons. At weekends Don will usually be on the golf course or can be seen ‘walking down the Halbeath Road’.