Technical Director, IPSASB
John Stanford was confirmed as IPSASB Technical Director in May 2016. He joined the IPSASB staff in April 2005, initially on secondment from the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and was appointed IPSASB Deputy Director in July 2008.
He was the project coordinator for the IPSASB’s Conceptual Framework project, the IPSASB’s main strategic priority in 2012-2014 and was also the lead author for the components of the final Framework on elements, recognition and measurement. He has also been heavily involved with the IPSASB’s work on long-term fiscal sustainability and social benefits.
Mr. Stanford was previously Assistant Director: Technical and International with CIPFA from January 2000 until March 2005. In this role, he had oversight of financial reporting requirements for UK local government. During this period, he was technical adviser to the UK member of IPSASB and to the Chair of the Public Sector Committee of Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens – Federation of European Accountants (FEE). He has been a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council’s Committee on Accounting for Public-benefit Entities since December 2002.
Previously he has worked for the UK Audit Commission and the Audit Office of New South Wales. Mr. Stanford has postgraduate degrees in the electoral politics of the United States from the University of Essex.