I'm an expert in public financial management. I help public sector managers through my consulting, writing and teaching.



His experience working [in the] public sector as an accountant and auditor gives an insight into managing public money. He’s creative! His Powerpoint presentation is fantastic!
— MPA student at Warwick Business School
Your sessions seem to have gone down really well, indeed you’ve set a standard which some other contributors are going to find hard to live up to.
— Tom Entwistle, Cardiff Business School
In the recent flurry of volumes on public financial management, Gary Bandy has the ability of making complicated topics simple—not simpler, to paraphrase Einstein’s famous quotation. The book’s numerous practical examples and real-life references, such as HBO’s The Wire make the topics come alive.
— Marco Cangiano, Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund
Gary’s lectures were good in the way he delivered and used videos. It made it easier to digest and comprehend. His style was good. [The] hand-outs were very good, far better than just giving slide copies.

About me

I have been a chartered public finance accountant for over 25 years and I have worked as a freelance consultant in public financial management for public sector and voluntary organisations since 2005. As well as advising public organisations on any aspect of their financial management I teach at university level and I write.

In the past I was the chief finance officer in a city government with numerous difficulties and challenges. I was responsible for spending about £750million a year and I know what's involved in working with politicians to develop budgets and strategies, to manage hundreds of staff, to produce statements of accounts that meet all the relevant accounting standards and to deal with auditors.

I started my freelance work doing interim management assignments but over time I have got more and more teaching and writing work. I have taught at master's level in several business schools and I have delivered bespoke training courses for public organisations. Lately I have worked on online training, first creating an e-learning package on commissioning for a council and then a full-blown MOOC (massive open online course) for the Open University and CIPFA. I have written two textbooks, Financial Management and Accounting in the Public Sector, which you can buy from Amazon, and International Public Financial Management: Essentials of Public Sector Accounting, available here.

On a voluntary basis I have been the treasurer of Friends of Ibba Girls School since September 2014.


Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, 1990

Master's in Public Administration, Warwick Business School, 2006

BSc Mathematics, University of York, 1986


Bandy, G. P. (2018). International Public Financial Management: Essentials of Public Sector Accountin, Abingdon: Routledge.

Bandy, G. P. (2016). A Framework for Improving Value for Money. In 10th Annual CABRI Seminar: Value for Money in Public Spending. Johannesburg: CABRI.

Bandy, G. P. (2015). Financial Management and Accounting in the Public Sector [2 ed], Abingdon: Routledge

Bandy, G. P., Crouch, A., Haenni, C., Holley, P., Larsen, C., Penlington, S., Price, N., and Wilkins, C. (2008). Building From Common Foundations. Edited by Karpf, T and Ross, A. Geneva: World Health Organization.

My clients include


Warrington Council
Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
The Open University
General Medical Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
Sheffield City Council
City of Stoke-on-Trent Council
HCL Axon
Lincolnshire Police
West Midlands Police
Surrey Police
Bradford Academy
Trowers & Hamlin

Teaching and Training

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The Open University
University of Nottingham
Collective African Budget Reform Initiative
Global Learning and Research Centre (Dubai)
Government of South Sudan
Warwick Business School
Cardiff Business School
Local Government Association
Sheffield City Council
City of Wakefield Council

If you think I can help you with a project then please send me an email

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