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 350 public sector organisations, including over 300 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
  • 164 District Councils
  • 44 Unitary Authorities
  • 29 Metropolitan Authorities
  • 28 London Boroughs
  • 24 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


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 DH, DCLG, DEFRA, DfE and DWP, working closely with local authorities, including recent work for DH to review and develop new adult social care funding formulae.

Jude 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 and long-term cost pressure modelling. 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 CIPFA qualified accountant and has been a regular speaker at central and local government events on financial management issues, with extensive experience of undertaking financial management reviews.

Lee specialises in financial analysis and modelling and was previously lead consultant for CIPFA's Financial Management Consultancy in England and also Principal Accountant at Birmingham CC, where he was responsible for revenue funding forecasting and all aspects of Birmingham's £1bn capital programme.

Lee is a national expert on funding and the business rates retention system and is responsible for LG Futures' Medium Term Revenue Resource Model subscription, which provides continuously updated five-year forecasts to over 120 individual authorities on an ongoing basis. Lee is currently working with a number of authorities to provide financial support in relation to potential local government reorganisation.

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.

Dr Elizabeth Tideswell

Associate Consultant

Elizabeth specialises in statistical modelling and formula development, with a particular focus upon social care, health and education. Elizabeth has significant research experience, including large and small scale data collection using surveys and sampling frameworks. She is also experienced in data acquisition/data quality, collecting local data and ensuring that it is of sufficient quality to support modelling and analysis.

Elizabeth is currently working with a number of local authorities on modelling the potential financial implications of the Care Act, using LG Futures' own Care Act Model, in addition to national work for DH to develop new adult social care funding formulae. Elizabeth has a PhD in Performance and Efficiency Assessment, an MSc in Operational Research and a 1 st class degree in Mathematics.

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).

Mark Pearson

Associate Consultant

Mark has over 20 years' experience of working in local authority and NHS finance. With a background in strategic financial planning, Mark has highly developed analytical and modelling skills and has undertaken a number of projects that combine service activity, performance and cost modelling.

Mark was previously Financial Strategy Manager at Crawley BC and Strategy and Resources Manager at Brighton and Hove CC, which included responsibility for the development of the Medium Term Financial Strategy and multi-year revenue and capital budget forecasting.

Mark was also previously a member of the Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary Care Project Team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Geoff Boyd

Associate Consultant

Geoff has worked as a specialist education and social services consultant for over ten years, covering both service and financial management issues, largely working for Children's Services Directorates. This has included advising on schools' funding, formula development and governorship arrangements, in addition to national education research projects for the DfE.

Geoff was previously Assistant Director of Strategic and Support Services at LB Bromley, responsible for managing a wide range of strategic and support services. Geoff has also worked as Interim Education Finance Manager in a number of London boroughs, including Barnet; Hackney; Haringey; Hillingdon; Southwark and Westminster.

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.


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