Portrait of  Keith Best Keith Best

k.s.best@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471590


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: MBA, ACMA, CGMA, FHEA


Keith is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting joining the University of Huddersfield in November 2012. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in September 2013.

Keith is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 30 years' experience in Local Government Finance. He has managed various finance activities including accountancy services, treasury management, internal audit, risk and governance.

From 2002 he was Chief Finance Manager at Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and in 2009 he moved to City of York Council to become the Assistant Director responsible for Financial Services.

With his extensive practical experience of managing the finance function in large public sector organisations, Keith is able to draw on this experience in the classroom to help students to relate to academic theory using real life examples from his working life.

Keith has even featured on the BBC’s Breakfast News, discussing the impact budget cuts are having on local councils.

Keith completed his Masters degree in Business Administration in 2003, with the subject of his research being the implementation of Medium Term Financial Planning in Local Government.

Research and Scholarship

Keith is currently undertaking research into the Audit Committee function in Local Government, with a focus on how Impression Management is used to influence stakeholder perceptions.


Keith has a wealth of experience in working across organizations in reviewing both financial administration and resource allocation. In 2011 he worked as financial advisor to the Archbishop of York ad part of York’s Fairness Commission which considered budget setting and spending choices in the context of creating greater fairness and equality in the city.

During his time at Wakefield Council, Keith chaired the national user group for the Agresso financial management system, a position in which he was able to influence the development of an international system in order to better suit the operational needs of the public sector within the UK.

Administrative Responsibilities

Keith is Year Tutor for the second year of the Accountancy Undergraduate Suite in addition to being an Admissions Tutor. He regularly visits schools and colleges throughout the year to talk about studying accountancy at Huddersfield.

Keith is also the University’s advocate for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a role in which he is helping to develop close links with the professional body that will benefit Huddersfield students throughout their time at the University.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Keith teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, specialising in public sector accounting and management accounting. Keith is Module Leader for 2 second year subjects,"Management Accounting" and "Management Science Applications" Keith currently also teaches "Advanced Management Accounting" to final year students. Keith has previously taught Quantitative Analysis to 1st year students, and ‘Issues in Accountancy’ which is a compulsory final year module for accountancy undergraduate students.

In terms of Masters level teaching, Keith has taught "Finance for Managers" to part-time MBA students and supervises Dissertaions to Accountancy Masters Students.

Keith also co-ordinates student focused activities with our Partners in Accountancy which provides students with a direct link to industry professionals.

Professional Membership and Activities
Keith is an Associate Member of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountants.