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UK regional board

The Regional board serves as a key conduit between the customers and stakeholders in the regions, and the Association and CGMA Board of Directors.

Members of the board act as the "eyes and ears", providing both individual and geographical perspective to:

  • identify key trends in the local marketplace that will impact customers and stakeholders

  • understand emerging issues with the supply and demand of students, members, employers, universities and tuition providers

  • understand the demand and value proposition of products and services

  • represent, engage and advocate the CGMA designation with members, customers and members of the future

  • develop the Association's three year strategic plan.

UK Board Terms of Reference

Should you wish to find out  more about the UK Board, please contact the Secretary, David Rowsby david.rowsby@aicpa-cima.com

Below are the profiles for the members of the Board

Louisa Hosegood (Chair)

Louisa has been a member of the UK board since 2014 and has worked with the CIMA operations team to develop strategy and risk management processes. She is looking forward to chairing the first new board under the Association.

When Louisa graduated from Aston University she knew she wanted to work in less traditional finance roles, more at the coal-face and influencing the wider business. Her finance tutor was CIMA qualified and Louisa can still remember his words "accountants are like driving a car, with CIMA you look through the front windscreen and guide where it's going", then with one look at the broad syllabus she was hooked!

Louisa's career has been in retail and manufacturing - the last 10 years at John Lewis, previously Rugby Cement, Tesco and MFI. Her roles have all been at the heart of business growth and change, supporting commercial decision making, efficiency programmes and strategic change. Louisa's John Lewis role, developing supply chain strategy allows her a key influence to the main board.

She is married with 2 very little girls who keep her on her toes at home! 

Kasia Ciezkowska (Vice Chair)

Kasia gained her ACMA CGMA membership in 2012 and has been volunteering with CIMA ever since, in roles ranging from the Member Services Committee to Global Markets Committee. After graduating from Krakow University of Economics with two Master degrees in both International Relations and Finance and Banking, Kasia took various accounting roles at Capgemini and Diageo. Kasia’s career in the Financial Services began in 2008 at Citigroup where she gained experience in ETD Derivatives Administration and later headed up the OTC Reporting Team. In 2013, Kasia moved to London to take up a role as Vice President in the OTC Derivatives Pricing Team at Bank of New York Mellon before joining Aon Hewitt in 2016. Kasia works as a Senior Middle Office Analyst and is responsible for trade order management, performance reporting and reconciliations on circa £11.1bn, as well as projects relating to new initiatives, infrastructure development and streamline processing. 

Tony Boffey

Self employed since 1986. I concentrate in two areas ,profit improvement and improving what owners take from the business.

I am now moving into training.

Qualified 1973---Fellow 1979.  MBA 1981

Worked in public sector in first three years of career. Experience outside of uk.

CIMA MIP Panel 1990-2013. A doing role putting on 2 meetings a year .

Involved in annual conference.

N W board  2011 to date. Business group  2007 to date.

Council 2011 to date Been on LLC  and MSC.

Gabriella Butler

Gabriela Butler works as a Commercial Finance Manager for Interserve, looking after Boots TFM contract.  She is a champion for knowledge sharing, leads by example and drives continuous improvement.

Over the last six years she has been a CIMA committee member for Birmingham and West Midlands Areas, holding at various times the Treasurer & Vice-Chair positions. Gabriela supported the local CIMA committee by organising, chairing, presenting, securing funding for CIMA branch events (100+ attendees).

Also in her spare time Gabriela volunteered for Transformation for Growth ERDF Project run by Aston Business School who delivered growth in over 40 West Midlands SMEs.

While studying at Oxford University for the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, she produced a research project on the receptivity for change of Finance Departments and their role in delivering strategic change and growth. The research findings were presented to over 100 attendees at a CIMA/Aston Business School event.

Katy Gaunt

Katy was elected as a student representative to the UK Board in 2014. Katy has since gained her ACMA CGMA membership, but remains committed to representing the students at Board level to ensure students are supported in their studies and progression to membership.

Since 2014, Katy has been actively involved in the CIMA Sheffield Branch: organising & chairing events, and has served as the Secretary and now Vice Chair for the Branch.

Katy works as a Pricing & Profitability Accountant within the Commercial Finance team at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm. 

Sarah Ghosh

Sarah has become increasingly involved with CIMA over the past 5 years, it started with attending local branch events in West Surrey, and getting to know the volunteers.  Motivated by having the opportunity to speak with members and students  she became chair of Central Southern Area.  By understanding what they value we can ensure events we hold address current challenges, continue to be relevant and promote thought leadership.

Sarah started her career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Systems Engineer, before transitioning to the International Finance division. She undertook various roles in Finance whilst studying for the CIMA qualification. After achieving Associate membership she then moved to PwC as a management consultant. Following this Sarah became an independent consultant and has been supporting Finance Initiatives with focus on increasing finance function efficiency, process improvement and transformational change that deliver real value.

As a passionate advocate for CIMA, Sarah is always looking for new ways to engage with members and students.  As chair of the UK Network Panel she has been able to apply her skills and experience in delivering CIMA’s strategy.  

Atanas Jelev

Atanas is a South African with a Bulgarian heritage and a Greek name living in London and working out of Oslo. He currently works in a Fin-Tech start-up as a Management Consultant delivering on a global IFRS 15 project. He is interested in seeing as much of the world and its people as possible whilst forming strong relationships with friends and colleagues alike. People that know Atanas would describe him as always staying positive, energetic and driven but he prefers to think of himself as humble and kind natured. Atanas is passionate about people development and loves to see the best of people’s abilities shine through during work and play. Atanas has been close to CIMA South Africa and UK since 2008 and has been part of the Global Markets committee since 2015.

David Johnson

During his career in the corporate environment, including GKN (Engineering) MMB/Dairy Crest (food, and a £2bn members’ organisation) and ForBio (Biotechnology), David helped develop and implement strategies to drive change and ensure the businesses remained legal, relevant and competitive. Recently David has worked within the SME and public sectors (education) doing the same.  Successes include:

•           Negotiating and achieving seed changes to working practices
•           A listing 18th in the Sunday Times fastest growing businesses
•           Innovative marketing to revitalise an established brand
•           Assistance with an MBO from inception, growth and sale
•           Business turnarounds in the private and public sectors
•           Succession planning

He is inquisitive, innovative and practical, with an attention to detail; this enables David to evaluate and understand requirements.  The challenge is identifying and securing the best way forward; David believes he has done this during his career and can help do so for the UK Board during this challenging time.

During his career and especially in the periods while working within the public sector and cooperatives david has gained experience and understanding of the importance of good governance and provision of value for money. David is active in CIMA branches, Area and Council Member.

Heather Kiteley

Heather is the Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Port of Leith Housing Association, her remit includes Finance, Risk, Treasury, Corporate Governance, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Communications and Customer Engagement. She joined the Association in 2015 and has over 20 years of finance experience across not for profit, charitable and commercial organisations working previously at Ark Housing Association, The Law Society of Scotland, The Royal College of Physicians and in various Edinburgh hotels. 

Heather is a CIMA Fellow, has an MBA (with distinction), with a specialism in strategic planning and is currently a committee member for the CIMA Edinburgh branch, the CIMA Scotland area and the UK Network Panel. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and running. 

Alexandra Zens


Born in Germany to British and German parents, Alexandra moved to the UK to study English Literature at Cardiff in 2009. She completed her MA in 2013, following which she worked for Waterloo Tea Ltd, an independent tea shop and wholesaler, first in general administration and later in bookkeeping. Having completed her AAT Bookkeeping qualification Alexandra moved to Cambridgeshire in 2015 where she worked for an independent children's home. She also got the chance to mentor some of the teenage residents who were interested in accounting. Recently, Alexandra completed her Operational Case Study and moved to Nuffield Health in Cambridge, where she is the Deputy Finance Manager. 

Outside work Alexandra still enjoys reading, but also play korfball in the Premier League, and practise yoga and Pilates. She is the member and Communications Secretary for the East Midlands East Anglia forum, and a member of the German society of the Institute of Linguists.

David Rowsby (Secretary)

David is the Regional Vice President, Europe — Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

David joined The Association (then CIMA) as Head of Service Delivery in 2004 where he was responsible for the Member Network in the UK, CIMA’s Call Centre, Information and Data Management, and managing exam logistics worldwide.

In 2009, David was promoted to the role of Director, UK where he was responsible for implementing strategy in the UK division and subsequently became Regional Vice President, Europe.

David has extensive experience of all of The Association’s core processes and has been instrumental in putting together global strategy and business plans.

Prior to working for The Association, David had a 17-year career with BT (British Telecom) during which he undertook a variety of roles. From the late nineties until he left BT in 2004, David worked in BT’s Corporate Clients Division, developing and managing short term strategy and business plans before progressing to help manage and implement a major change programme for Client Services for Corporate Clients.