Bespoke consultancy, training and policy research for the public sector, specialising in financial management and funding.

LG Futures was formed in 2004 to support the public sector in delivering improved and more cost effective services. Since being established, we have advised more than 360 public sector organisations, including over 325 local authorities.

Our Experience

Our team have all previously worked within the public sector and so fully appreciate the significant pressures faced by public sector managers today.

  • 8 Central Government Departments
  • 184 District Councils
  • 51 Unitary Authorities
  • 30 Metropolitan Authorities
  • 32 London Boroughs
  • 28 County Councils
  • 9 Fire and Police Authorities
  • 4 Welsh Authorities
  • 5 Local Authority Associations
  • 7 Interest Groups
  • 4 Passenger Transport organisations
  • 2 Health Organisations

The Team

Further details of our team members’ experience and skills are provided below.

Jude Ranasinghe

Director

Jude is a founder Director of LG Futures and a CIPFA qualified accountant. Prior to establishing LG Futures, Jude led CIPFA's Financial Management Consultancy. Jude has also worked at Birmingham CC as Chief Accountant, with responsibility for revenue/capital budget planning, and as Principal Accountant at Leicester CC.

Jude leads LG Futures' work with central government; in particular, this has involved assessing the financial impact of government policies. This has included a number of high profile projects commissioned by the DHSC, MHCLG, DfE, DEFRA and DWP, working closely with local authorities, including recent work for DHSC and MHCLG/DfE to review and develop new adult and children’s social care funding formulae.

Jude has also reviewed financial management arrangements at major central government departments, in addition to many local authorities and other public sector organisations. He is currently supporting local authorities undertaking a strategic assessment of the scope for savings, in the context of the current financial climate.

This includes cost and performance benchmarking, long-term cost pressure modelling and income generation reviews. Jude is also leading on work for interest groups and individual local authorities in identifying funding concerns and supporting lobbying cases to government.

Lee Geraghty

Deputy Director

Lee is a national expert on local government funding and the business rates retention system and is responsible for LG Futures' Medium Term Revenue Resource model, which provides continuously updated five-year forecasts to over 120 individual authorities on an ongoing basis.

Lee’s work on business rates retention has included support to over 25 business rates pools and, most notably, 10 pilot areas, where resources locally increased by over £150m.

Over recent years Lee has also been involved in several local government reorganisation projects, as well as supporting local authorities in understanding the potential implications of the government’s proposed funding reforms.

Lee is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is a regular speaker at local government funding events. Lee specialises in financial analysis and modelling and was previously lead consultant for CIPFA's Financial Management Consultancy in England, having also worked previously for Birmingham and Leicester City Councils.

Chris Roberts

Lead Consultant

Chris was a CIPFA prize-winner in 2015 and has previously worked for County, District, and London Borough councils; including, most recently, at the City of London Corporation.

He has worked across Financial Strategy, Corporate Finance (including leading Accounts Closure), Major Projects, and as lead accountant for the London Business Rates Pilot.

At LG Futures, Chris continues to support the London Pilot, which is the UK’s largest business rates Pool, liaising with all 34 London authorities and providing support and training to finance officers across London.

Chris also leads on LG Futures’ support to local authorities and pools on risks regarding business rates retention and the increasing risks arising from COVID-19, including the implications for medium-term resources.

Further specialist areas that Chris advises on include capital accounting; income generation reviews; local government reorganisation; and Freeport and Development Corporation areas.

Ian Fifield

Associate Trainer

Ian is a CIPFA qualified accountant who has designed, developed and provided training for groups of finance professionals, elected members and service managers. As well as designing LG Futures' portfolio of standard training seminars, Ian specialises in the design and delivery of bespoke finance training, specifically tailored to clients' individual systems and processes.

Examples of the range of topics that Ian has provided training on include: Savings and Value for Money; Local Government Finance; Latest Finance Developments; Option Appraisal and Business Cases; Technical Accounting; Treasury Management; Financial Scrutiny; Budget Manager Responsibilities; and Audit Committees.

Ian also provides meeting and workshop facilitation, to ensure that team meetings and away days are well structured and focused, or to complement wider consultancy assignments.

Ian was previously Finance Training Manager with CIPFA and has held a variety of roles in local government finance and audit and in academia.

Rupert Dewhirst

Associate Consultant

Rupert is a CIPFA qualified accountant and a nationally recognised expert in local government financial management, who has delivered advisory, training and consultancy services to a wide breadth of local authority clients.

Rupert was previously Head of Networks at CIPFA, leading a team of over 40 professionals to deliver a wide range of specialist resource management advice to local government clients.

He was responsible for creating CIPFA's Finance Advisory Network, providing financial management advice for corporate, education, social care and police clients, delivered to over 350 local authorities and police forces. He has also previously worked at Bradford MDC in a variety of senior finance roles.

Rupert currently programmes and delivers LG Futures' regular series of regional events, with a particular focus upon financial planning and funding issues. In addition, Rupert develops content for and provides advice to clients subscribed to LG Futures' Resource Planning Hub, which supports the robustness of local authorities' future planning.

Steve Doogue

Associate Consultant

Steve is an economist by background, specialising in statistical analysis and financial modelling. Steve developed LG Futures’ expenditure, performance and value for money benchmarking analysis reports, covering all council services, which are provided to our clients both on an ongoing subscription basis and where bespoke analysis is required.

Steve previously worked as Finance Manager with London Councils, the organisation representing London’s 33 councils. Here, he developed the evidence base for lobbying activities, advised finance officers and led the pan-London response to major government consultations. With in-depth expert knowledge of local government funding and the finance settlement, Steve was an active participant on the government’s Settlement Working Group.

Steve was also formerly an economics officer with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where he briefed a number of central government departments. He holds an MSc in Development Economics (Distinction).

Samantha Glynn

Finance and Administration Manager

Samantha is responsible for LG Futures' company policies and finance and systems processes; maintaining the company website; providing information to clients as part of our Financial Intelligence Toolkit subscription; organising regional events; and client liaison. Samantha also provides wider support for a range of consultancy and research projects and regular client briefings.

Georgina Kenna

Finance and Administration Officer

Georgina is the initial point of contact for client queries and provides support for our finance and administration processes. This includes accounts payable and receivable; maintenance of databases; circulation of information to clients; preparation of event materials; and managing the Financial Intelligence Toolkit subscription process.

Contact

Please contact us for more information about any of our services, subscriptions or events.

Call 01908 410 811 or email info[at]lgfutures.co.uk