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Christopher Lees

Course Director: Accounting and Financial Management MSc

School of Economics, Finance and Accounting
Coventry Business School

Faculty of Business and Law 



I am a CIPFA qualified accountant with experience working in the public sector at Dudley MBC, Birmingham City Council and the Central Birmingham Health Authority. Throughout my career I have been the accountant for Highways, Engineers and Environment, a Capital accountant, the Budget Controller for the Housing Revenue account and Capital Programme, and the accountant for a large trading account dealing with property repairs. While an employee at CIPFA for close to 10 years, I taught trainee accountants at CIPFA’s Education and Training centre as well as getting involved in a number of international activities including being the overseas consultant on Mozambique’s Public Expenditure Financial Accountability Assessment (PEFA). Whilst working at CIPFAs trading arm, I taught a number of courses to public sector clients such as, an Introduction to Local Government Finance for Elected Members, Finance for Budget holders, Technical updates for accountants, Integrating Strategic Planning with 3 year budgeting, and scrutiny training for elected members. 

Where necessary I have developed bespoke courses for public sector clients such as training on activity based costing, ratio analysis and the Best Value code of Practice and many other areas besides.

Currently I am the Course Director for the MSc in Accounting and Financial Management at Coventry University and link tutor for the Institute of Accounting in Arusha.


  • Higher Education Professional Practice PGCert, Coventry University, 2014
  • Finance & Accountancy MA, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2001
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Wolverhampton University, 1998



Teaching modules

  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Analysis and Decision Making 

Areas of expertise

  • International public sector financial management
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