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Obituary: CLIFF NICHOLSON CBE, CPFA

Magazine article Public Finance

Obituary: CLIFF NICHOLSON CBE, CPFA

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Cliff Nicholson, CIPFA President in 1990/91, died on 1 May aged 79.

Cliff was exceptionally gifted, starting work in 1949 as a clerical officer and rising to the top of his profession.

Recognising his special talents, District Audit promoted him quickly by the standards of the time, putting him in charge of DA training in 1972. He was appointed District Auditor for London audits in 1976, regarded as the top DA job in the country. Promotion to Deputy Chief Inspector of Audit and Acting Head of DA followed.

Cliff also completed some challenging secondments. For three years he worked for Dick Grossman, the Minister for Housing and Local Government, on local government reorganisation. He also worked on a judicial investigation in Belfast into allegations that government funds had been diverted to the IRA.

Cliff was a man of vision and the architect of the Audit Commission. For over ten years before its creation, he kept alive the idea of an independent commission first mooted in 1970. When Michael Heseltine was appointed Environment Secretary in 1979, Cliffs note proposing a commission was an early arrival on the new minister's desk and gained Heseltine's emphatic support. …

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