Jo-Ann Whittingham (BSC, CPFA) is a Senior Professional Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.

She became CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants) in 1992.

Jo-Ann joined Grant Thornton in 2012, having previously worked for the Audit Commission for 20 years as an audit manager, delivering public sector audit and assurance.

She has a broad range of practitioner experience working with large public sector bodies such as Councils, Hospitals Fire, Police and Probation and a number of Charities. Her responsibilities have included

  • delivering opinion on financial statements
  • reviewing arrangements value for money
  • grant claim certifications
  • working with clients to improve their closedown for financial statements
  • review of effectiveness of internal audit services
  • compliance with regulation reviews
  • preparing bids
  • dealing with objections and challenges from the public
  • challenging any actions which are ultra vires and reporting to those charged with governance

Jo-Ann also has many years’ experience of professional training, teaching accounting and PRINCE2 at Postgraduate level and is currently working towards her Fellowship of Higher Education.