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'It’s an honour to be part of this Network. The public sector is an important one for ACCA, which stands for strong public financial management. For us, this means the adoption of efficient budgeting and financial management practices by public sector bodies; the implementation of transparent structures of accountability; effective audit and scrutiny; and good governance for the sector. Ultimately this benefits the tax payer.'
—Gillian Fawcett, head of public sector, ACCA

Gillian Fawcett, head of public sector at the global body for professional accountants ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), has been appointed to the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network editorial advisory board.

The Public Leaders Network is the Guardian's online section for leaders of all public services, with news, insight and analysis across the whole sector at The Guardian. 

Jane Dudman, editor of the Network, said of Gillian’s appointment: 'Having a public sector finance expert on the Board is important, especially as we move towards the general election. Public spending and how it is managed is a crucial part of comment and debate, and we only expect the level of debate to increase.'

Gillian Fawcett commented: 'It’s an honour to be part of this Network. The public sector is an important one for ACCA, which stands for strong public financial management. For us, this means the adoption of efficient budgeting and financial management practices by public sector bodies; the implementation of transparent structures of accountability; effective audit and scrutiny; and good governance for the sector. Ultimately this benefits the tax payer.'

As head of Public Sector for ACCA, Gillian is responsible for developing international policies on technical matters affecting finance professionals in public services.

Before joining ACCA, Gillian was a Senior Fellow working with the Office for Public Management (OPM) in the organisational development and policy team. She has also worked for the Audit Commission in the UK, where she was a Head of Policy with expertise in corporate governance, financial management, performance management and human rights and equalities.  In 2005 she was seconded to the UK Parliament as Head of Finance of the Scrutiny Unit, responsible for providing professional support to a wide range of select committees.

Gillian is also a member of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) public sector committees. Most recently, she was appointed as a Trustee of Freedom from Torture, a UK charity.  Also, she was formerly Specialist Advisor to a House of Commons Ad Hoc Committee and Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Macro Economic Committee for the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and a non-executive of the Legal Action Group (UK).

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Notes to Editors

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