CIPFA chief executive Steve Freer is to step down within the next 12 months, it was announced today.Freer, who has been in the role for more than 12 years, said the decision to leave the institute had been a ‘tough’ one.
‘It’s a brilliant job and a great organisation. I really have enjoyed every moment,’ he said.
‘CIPFA and its members make such an important contribution to the public services, never more so than in the current climate of austerity. In my view, our members are handling some of the most challenging roles in the profession, and doing so with amazing skill.’
Freer said he would remain ‘very committed’ to the institute’s work, but added: ‘I think it is time for me to hand over the reins to a successor who I am sure will bring fresh ideas to drive our agenda forward.’
CIPFA president Sir Tony Redmond paid tribute to Freer’s work at the institute over the past 12 years.
‘He has been the driving force and a major influence behind many of CIPFA’s very considerable achievements during his tenure,’ Redmond said.
‘On behalf of the institute, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for his exceptional work, delivered tirelessly, in public finance and accountancy and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do next.’
Freer qualified with CIPFA in 1976 and forged a career in local government in the Midlands and at the consultancy Coopers & Lybrand. Before joining CIPFA as chief executive in February 2000, he served as county treasurer for Warwickshire.