Before joining CIPFA in September 2022, William was the Scottish Government’s Social Care Reform Finance Lead where he lead on costing policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, and on work contributing to the establishment of the National Care Service. Alongside these responsibilities, William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. William is experienced in facilitating events and training, and in his role as Social Care Policy Advisor, he combines the skills in research, writing, publishing, public speaking and academic rigour gained from his doctoral studies with his knowledge of social care and social care finance. He runs the Social Care Network and acts as CIPFA’s policy voice on social care issues. His work has been published in Public Finance, Local Government Chronicle, and The MJ.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wm-burns/

Social Care Network: https://www.cipfa.org/services/networks/social-care-advisory-network

Building Sustainable Social Care: https://www.cipfa.org/services/building-sustainable-social-care