Former CFO expelled from public institute

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy statement concerning Mr Andrew Ecelson of Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, a former Chief Financial Officer under Section 151 Local Government Act 1972

Disciplinary proceedings against CIPFA member, Mr Andrew Ecelson, were concluded in April 2006.

CIPFAís Disciplinary Committee considered various allegations of unprofessional conduct during the time Mr Ecelson was the Chief Financial Officer at North East Lincolnshire Council (the Council). The Committee expelled Mr Ecelson from the Institute.

The Committee found misconduct and breach of professional standards in that Mr Ecelson had failed to discharge his responsibilities in relation to budgetary reporting; production of the Councilís accounts; and submission of grant claims. The Committee acknowledged that Mr Ecelson could not be expected personally to prepare the budget of a substantial local authority and monitor its detailed implementation, to submit grant claims and compile final accounts. However, as the responsible officer under Section 151 Local Government Act 1972, Mr Ecelson did have responsibility for the proper administration of the Councilís financial affairs and for safeguarding its interests.

The Committee considered specific events and circumstances which occurred during the financial years 2001-2002 to 2003-2004.

In relation to budgetary reporting the specific failures led the Committee to conclude that Mr Ecelson:

In relation to the Councilís accounts, the specific failures led the Committee to conclude that Mr Ecelson:

In relation to the Councilís grant claims, the specific failures led the Committee to conclude that Mr Ecelson:

Source: CIPFA (15/05/2006)


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