Magazine article Public Finance

Former GLC Chief Maurice Stonefrost Mourned

Magazine article Public Finance

Former GLC Chief Maurice Stonefrost Mourned

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Tributes poured in this week following the death of former CIPFA secretary and president Maurice Stonefrost

CIPFA president Caroline Mawhood said Stonefrost was a 'giant of the institute', who made a remarkable contribution to public services. Audit Commission chief executive Steve Hundred said he was deeply saddened by the loss of a 'hugely important and influential public servant'.

Stoneirost died on October 25, aged 81, following several months of illness.

His career in the public sector spanned almost six decades, beginning as a trainee in Bristol in 1942. He took over as secretary of the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants in 1964 where he masterminded its transformation into CIPFA, shaking off the narrow focus on local government and embracing a broader, pan-public sector approach. Mawhood said Stonefrost was the architect of the institute as we know it today*.

In 1973 he returned to the coalface of local government as comptroller of financial services at the Greater London Council. He subsequently moved up to become the GLC s chief executive, the most senior council position in the country, and remained at the helm until its abolition in 1986.

Stonefrost also added his wisdom to many inquiries and commissions, including Frank Layfield's committee on local government finance in 1976 and Lord WeatherilTs 1989 citizenship commission. …

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