14 May 2004
The CIPFA elections for 2004/05 have produced a more even gender balance to the institute's Council after the return of Jaki Salisbury and the election of Jane Cuthbertson.
Of the 25 Council members, 13 are now male and 12 female.
Jeff Pipe, corporate governance adviser at Transport for London, topped this year's poll with 1,863 votes. He was followed by Tony Redmond, chair and chief executive of the Commission for Local Administration and Local Government Ombudsman, with 1,694 votes.
Kirsten Gillingham, director of finance at the University of Brighton, just pipped David Poynton of Harrogate Health Care NHS Trust into third place.
Local government members of the Council are now evenly split with four male and four female representatives.
Jaki Salisbury, the chief executive of Mid Beds District Council, returns after an absence of a year. Salisbury, who has pledged to bring her 'can do' approach to ensure that CIPFA continues to grow, lost out on a place on the Council in 2003.
Jane Cuthbertson, a senior auditor at North Tyneside Council and chair of the National Students Forum, was a co-opted member of the Council last year but stood in her own right, gaining 1,195 votes this year. She has promised to 'champion education initiatives'.
Ian Perkin, former CIPFA health panel member and a consultant, was also elected to the Council.
Diane Colley, chief executive and chief finance officer of Rugby Borough Council and CIPFA members' Council favourite for the previous four years, becomes Vice President to incoming President Mike Barnes for 2004/05.
The two health representatives from 2003, David Poynton and Jaki Meekings, will continue on, while Caroline Gardner and Caroline Mawhood were elected unopposed in the statutory external audit category.
Ken Barnes, corporate director at South Norfolk District Council and Gerald Vinten, a higher education consultant, both lost out on places on the Council.
The turnout was slightly lower than last year at 24.8%.