Freer's appointment to the £125,000 post was confirmed by the institute's council at its annual meeting last week. Freer said: 'My experience both as a CIPFA volunteer and as a practitioner constantly reinforce my view that this is a very special membership body with an important leadership role to play in relation to the financial management of the public services.' Warwickshire county treasurer since 1992, Freer previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand, Nottingham county council and Birmingham city council. He qualified with CIPFA in 1976 and has chaired both CIPFA's education and training committee and its quality forum. While at Warwickshire he devised a quality improvement scheme which led to the development of the institute's quality forum. He also prepared the financial case supporting Warwickshire councillors in two successful appeals against the capping of the council's budget. CIPFA president Brian Smith said: 'The institute council and I are delighted that Steve Freer will be our next chief executive. He brings a track record of technical innovation, managerial flair and political sensitivity, which equip him very well to lead us into the new millennium.'
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