Thursday 13 July

Please note that all speakers, content and timings are subject to change

08.15 – 09.30 Registration

08.30 – 09.15 BREAKFAST WORKSHOP

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

09.30 – 09.35 President’s welcome

Speaker: Andrew Burns, Director of Finance and Resources, Staffordshire County Council

09.35 – 10.35 SESSION TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Chair: Simon Jack, Broadcast Journalist

Speakers: To be announced

How cities and regions interact with businesses will be a key determinant of local growth. Having clear and aligned strategic priorities and a shared agenda will ensure that the public sector and businesses work together for the benefit of the community. This will require transparency and openness from locally elected leaders and executives. Communities must tap into the expertise of business to help government unlock its place based potential; and together they need to take a long-term view of relationships. So how do local government and businesses deliver transformation and sustainable economic development that benefits both sides and improves wider social outcomes?

 

10.35 – 11.10 Coffee and networking in the exhibition hall

11.10 – 12.10 SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Chair: Simon Jack, Broadcast Journalist

Speakers: To be announced

How should countries plan for medium term fiscal sustainability so they are strongly placed to face the future? There will be challenges to our continued prosperity; some of which are visible today and others, like the recent Global Financial Crisis, will come as shocks. An ageing population causes demands for services and infrastructure to grow, so expenditure growth remains high, particularly for health services. If no action is taken a widening fiscal gap will emerge between what government receives, and what it spends on the services and infrastructure people expect, net debt would rise as would interest payments. We examine the choices available to governments to ensure our future is one where the well-being of citizens continues to be the focus of government spending.

12.10 – 13.15 Lunch and networking in the exhibition hall

12.10 – 13.15 LUNCHTIME SESSION

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

13.15 – 14.15 CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 2A-2D – CHOOSE ONE SPECIAL INTEREST CONCURRENT SESSION

WORKSHOP 2A

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

 

Workshop 2B

Sponsored by: Zurich

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Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

WORKSHOP 2C

Chair: To be announced

Speaker: To be announced

WORKSHOP 2D

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

14.15 – 14.45 Coffee and networking in the exhibition hall

14.45 – 15.30 Tackling the housing crisis

Chair: Simon Jack, Broadcast Journalist

Speaker: To be announced

The Government’s aim to build one million new homes over the next five years is an ambitious one. In the aftermath of the EU referendum, with doubts about future investment in construction and about developers’ willingness to commit to building new homes, the aim becomes even more challenging. If one million extra homes are to be built, all providers – private developers, housing associations and local authorities – will need to contribute. In recent years local authorities have had a minor role in building new homes themselves, and a more important one in facilitating development by others. The government’s White Paper represents a vital opportunity to revive the successful models of the past, and build more homes, more effectively though unified, well-planned development.

 

15.30 – 16.15 FUTURE FINANCE LEADERS

Chair: Simon Jack, Broadcast Journalist

Speaker: To be announced

Finance professionals are working on a greater variety of activities as service provision becomes more complicated. The finance function of the future will be defined by flexibility and adaptive process, increasing levels of automation and real-time reporting, exponentially more data available will demand skills in predictive analytics. Finance will be at the centre of organisational performance and to deliver will mean responding to transformational pressures and in public services an entirely new level of entrepreneurship and commercialism.

11.30 – 12.15 Between a Rock and a Yield: The Macroeconomic Outlook today and the implications for Treasury Management

Chair: Kathryn Long, Corporate Operations Business Partner, Essex County Council and 2016/17 President, CIPFA Student Network

Speakers:

Dr Bob Swarup, Principal, Camdor Global

Roy Nolan, Martin Brokers

In today’s world of low yields and increased uncertainty, we examine key developments and trends for the public sector to keep abreast of. We flesh out the implications for effective treasury management and some of the solutions now emerging.

16.15 Conference close