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13.30 – 14.30 Concurrent workshops 1A-1D – Choose one special interest concurrent session
WORKSHOP 1A – Developments in Public Sector Budgeting and Forecasting
Sponsored by: Advanced
Chair: Alison Scott, Head of Standards, CIPFA
Speakers: Steve Mawson, Assistant Director – Finance, Doncaster Council
Chris Tidswell FCPFA, Head of Corporate Partnerships, CIPFA
A recent survey in association with CIPFA highlights budgeting and forecasting as key areas that are being reviewed and developed by Public Sector finance organisations. This topic is particularly relevant given the financial climate and the need for robust financial planning and reporting. Officers and elected members continue to be challenged to make sound decisions based on these processes and the information they provide. Attend this case study led session to learn how other public sector organisations are successfully tackling this area.
WORKSHOP 1B – Aligning Public Services – how modern technology supports collaboration, best practice management and helps deliver real efficiency savings
Sponsored by: Unit 4
Chair: Mandy Bretherton, Technical Manager, Policy & Standards, CIPFA
Speakers: Paul Marriner, Global Head of Government Advisory, Unit4
Phil Beaumont, Principal Consultant (Public Sector), Unit4
Peter Borley-Cox, Head of Business Transformation, LGSS – wholly owned by Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils and Milton Keynes Council
This session will review the challenges facing Public Service organisations in meeting the demands of ever tighter funding.
It will highlight a case study of how such organisations can work together, to agree common strategies and standardise processes.
The session will also identify how some key trends in technology such as machine learning and predictive analytics can deliver better quality financial and operational information to support decision making.
WORKSHOP 1C – Emerging risks – perception becomes reality
Sponsored by: Zurich
Chair: Keeley Lund, Technical Manager, Professional Standards, CIPFA
Speakers: David Forster, Head of Risk, Zurich Municipal
Sarah Pearson, Strategic Risk Practice Leader, Zurich Municipal
In 2015 we started to see local authorities putting their radical plans into action. Changes started to materialise at a breath-taking pace and local authorities as we knew them began to evolve. 2016 has continued along a similar path and even picked up further momentum.
We are conducting further interviews this year to feed the next edition of our senior managers risk report and look forward to sharing some of the initial insight we have received. We will also look at the emerging risks, share some practical examples of how these are being managed and discuss what the future looks like for the traditional local authority.
WORKSHOP 1D – Society of District Council Treasurers – current key issues
Chair: Rob Bridge, Second Vice President, SDCT
Speakers: Angela George, Secretary, SDCT
Guy Clifton, Director, Grant Thornton
Paul Dossett, Grant Thornton
Lee Geraghty, LG Futures
Rupter Dewhirst, LG Futures
This workshop aims to be a practical and interactive session where District finance professionals can hear the latest thinking and discuss their concerns on some of the key issues facing them. In particular the latest thinking on Business Rates Retention, Devolution issues and Efficiency Plans will be discussed.
15.10 – 16.10 Concurrent workshops 1E-1H – CHOOSE ONE SPECIAL INTEREST CONCURRENT SESSION
WORKSHOP 1E – Double Benefits: Using e-invoicing to reduce costs and trap fraud in the public sector
Sponsored by: Basware (with CIPFA CFC)
Chair: Cliff Dalton, Head of Local Government Faculty, CIPFA
Speakers: Amabel Grant, UK Managing Director, Basware and Head of the UK National eInvoicing Forum
Arjun Medhi, Technical Development Manager, CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre
Jennie Williams, TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Cyber Protect Officer
Recent research suggests that the benefits of moving to e-invoicing are widely acknowledged across the UK public sector, yet uptake is still relatively slow. But outdated paper-based processes are leaving councils and government departments at risk of fraud and errors in the Accounts Payable process.
The same research goes on to reveal that almost half of UK public sector organisations have been targets of invoice fraud, or paid a duplicate invoice, in the last 12 months. This equates to £147 million of losses a year – a hefty sum that needs addressing, particularly in the current tough financial climate.
WORKSHOP 1F – A walk through the process of getting a rating and issuing debt
Sponsored by: Moody’s Public Sector Europe
Chair: Roshana Arasaratnam, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Public Sector Europe
Speakers: Lynton Green, Director of Finance and Information Services, Warrington Borough Council
Jennifer Wong, Senior Analyst, Moody’s Public Sector Europe
Bryony Harrap, Associate Director, Traderisks
This workshop discusses the process of getting a bond rating as part of accessing the capital markets for long term financing. Public sector issuers in many European countries have increasingly tapped into funding from capital markets, particularly in the UK where Housing Associations, Universities and recently Warrington Borough Council have been active in the capital markets. In Germany, the UK and France, Quantitative Easing has reinforced the conditions for low cost bond market issuances. Capital markets also provide diversification in funding sources.
WORKSHOP 1G – Empower my staff or close my service?
Sponsored by: ERPaaS
Chair: Lisa Forster, Network Advisor, CIPFA
Speakers: Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy & Research, SOCITM
Simon Robinson, Managing Director, ERPaaS
Tony Summers, Director of Advisory Services, SOCITM
This workshop considers the impact of Digital Mobile Services and Cloud ERP on Public Services. With a huge prize in terms of cost savings and efficiencies, and the opportunity to transform your organisation, find out about the size of the prize and where the quick wins and major savings can be obtained. Hear about what it means practically for you and your service.
Consider the organisational impact and leadership decisions facing senior officers and members about the nature of the organisation they will be laying down for the next decade. Understand the barriers and consequences of failing to progress. Hear about the leadership challenges posed by these new technologies. This challenging and imaginative workshop will provide an answer to these questions. More importantly it will also help you to understand your relationship with the impact of digital mobile self-service and with the public services that you lead.
WORKSHOP 1H – COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS (CBA)
Chair: Jayne Stephenson, Chief Finance Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Speakers: John Holden, Director of Research, New Economy
Julian Cox, Deputy Director of Research, New Economy
David Ottiwell, Principal Researcher, New Economy
Part of growing any business or economy has to be about making the right investment decisions when considering alternative ways of working or delivering services.
In a new world of collaborative arrangements between agencies and authorities it’s becoming essential to have business modelling which can identify the fiscal, economic, and social value of project outcomes, and specify which public agency sees this benefit.
Whether it’s social care, criminal justice or health all areas of public sector are having to work through how services can be better funded and delivered by partnerships.
This workshop will demonstrate how the CBA methodology developed by New Economy with assistance of HM Treasury Greater Manchester ensures that decision making is robust and takes account of the most up to date research.
08.30 – 09.15 BREAKFAST WORKSHOP – BREXIT
The implications of a Brexit will be far reaching the public services. From the fiscal impact of a faltering economy, loss of structural funding, to the availability of skilled work force in critical areas like health and social care, the ramifications of leaving the EU may end up being the final straw for already hard pressed public services.
As the debate rages on we are holding an emergency workshop to consult with senior public service leaders to ensure their concerns are fully reflected as CIPFA lobbies to secure a fair deal in any future negotiations.
08.30 – 09.15 Breakfast workshop – Developing your ideas, influence and voice
Dawn Reeves, Writer in Residence, CIPFA
This is a practical and creative workshop designed to support members to influence thinking and future direction in the public sector.
It will cover: coming up with ideas; developing a distinctive and authentic voice; and how to get attention. CIPFA want to support members to become thought-leaders, write articles and blogs and think creatively.
12.10 – 12.55 LUNCHTIME SESSION – ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY VEHICLES
Chair: Paul Woolston, Vice Chairman, CIPFA
Speakers: Richard Harrison, MD of CIPFA’s New Advisory Service
Ian Briggs, Corporate Director, Acivico Ltd
Mike Gregson, Head of Commercial, Acivico Ltd
Michelle Hartin, Development Director, Essentia
With continuous financial constraints, growing demand and citizen’s rising service expectations, public services are increasingly being delivered through new and complex vehicles.
There are many innovative options for delivering services such as trading companies, joint commissioning partnerships, shared services, staff mutual and joint ventures.
Proposals for new devolved combined authorities will also require transformation in how organisations and practitioners operate, as well as the need to develop a greater commercial culture, policies and procedures.
All offer potential opportunities but also challenges and complexities of their own.
13.15 – 14.15 CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 2A-2D – CHOOSE ONE SPECIAL INTEREST CONCURRENT SESSION
Workshop 2B – The new audit landscape for local government
Sponsored by: Mazars
Chair: Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
Speakers: David Aldous, Director, NAO
Gareth Davies, Partner, Mazars LLP
Jon Hayes, Chief Officer, Public Sector Audit Appointments
Alan Gay, Deputy Chief Executive, Leeds City Council
Keeley Lund, Technical Manager, Professional Standards, CIPFA
Local government external audit is about to go through its biggest change in a generation. The workshop could examine some of the key issues:
- Ensuring that Audit Committees are fit for their new purpose
- The options for procuring external audit (opt into sector-led procurement, collective vs individual, framework contracts vs bespoke procurements)
- How will the new arrangements secure a choice of competent suppliers, assure quality, monitor auditor independence, handle disputes?
- Audit arrangements for different models of devolution and partnership working
WORKSHOP 2C – Don’t slip or trip on insurance fraud: making savings through preventing and detecting insurance fraud
Sponsored by: Zurich
Chair: Rachael Tiffen, Head of Counter Fraud, CIPFA
Speaker: Phil Sapey, Technical and Development Manager, Counter Fraud Centre, CIPFA
Is insurance fraud an existing or emerging fraud risk and is your council managing it? This workshop will offer an overview of the national fraud statistics on insurance fraud, carried out by the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre (CFC), informed by the CFaCT. The key area of the session will be best practice tips for investigating and preventing insurance fraud from Zurich Municipal, one of the founding partners of the CFC.
WORKSHOP 2D – Investing in the future – risk and reward £7.4bn to invest – Lets make sure we spend it wisely
Chair: Mike Ellsmore, Chair, CIPFA Pensions Panel
Speakers: Paul Woods, Director of Finance,North East Combined Authority
Ben Lucas, Managing Director, MetroDynamics Ltd
Knowing what you are aiming to achieve with your strategic investment strategy is just the starting point in this session. Let our three speakers share their knowledge and experience and you will benefit by gaining greater insight into:
• regional investment funding opportunities and challenges
• the criteria for assessment
• considerations around the prioritisation process
• using leverage to invest
• pressures on the pension pot