CIPFA's seven divisions will be slimmed down to four directorates:
Policy and Technical, giving professional advice to members and supporting CIPFAs policy development within local government and other sectors;
Education and Training, managing the education and training scheme;
and Corporate Services, providing administrative, financial and marketing support for the entire Institute.
The objectives of the review were to allow CIPFA to focus more effectively on the needs of its members and the organisations employing them, strengthen the education and training scheme, and ensure that its commercial activities remain relevant and competitive. With the top management structure resolved, staffing structures across the Institute will now be streamlined.
The new structure will provide the director (whose title is changed to 'Chief Executive') with a strong, central team of technical and professional advisers.
CIPFA chief executive David Adams said:
'CIPFA has been extremely successful over the last 15 years, with our membership doubling during this period and our status within the public sector reaching an all time high. But as we approach the new millennium, with the public services changing rapidly around us, there could be no better time for us to take stock and regroup.
'Our new structure will give us the focus to continue to provide the highest levels of technical support, professional advice and relevant education and training for the public services. It will also allow me to focus more of my energies outwards, addressing the issues that matter to our members in local government and the wider public services.'