The PAIB is compromised of expert volunteers with experience in either the public or private sectors nominated by IFAC’s membership organisations. It advises IFAC on issues in the profession that need to be addressed and how to tackle them, as well as provides direct input onto IFAC initiatives and projects. The committee is also involved in outreach work.
Senior, who is vice chair of CIPFA’s Students and Members Board and also sits on the Local Government Faculty Board, told PF she was “delighted to be appointed to the PAIB”.
She added: “I hope I can represent the accountancy profession, CIPFA and the UK well, and that I can be a small part in promoting our profession and doing what I can to attract more people in.”
After gaining an engineering degree, Senior said she “fell into the accountancy profession almost by accident”.
“What has kept me here is the difference we can make to the lives of our residents by ensuring good service provision and shaping the place we live in,” she added.
Senior started work at Lewisham Council 28 years ago as a graduate trainee, and has worked her way up to executive director level today.
“We have to ride the economic cycles as accountants, and the challenge has been how we can continue to adapt and change to ensure we deliver. There is never a dull day.”
It has also been confirmed that Alan Edwards, chair of CIPFA Development, has been reappointed to IFAC’s PAO Development Committee, which works to achieve strong, sustainable professional accountancy organizations around the world.