13 July

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

12.15 – 13.00 Lunchtime session – Cutting the cost of fraud

Speakers: Rachael Tiffen, Head of Counter Fraud Centre and Governance, CIPFA

Phil Sapey, Deputy Head of Counter Fraud Centre, CIPFA

Session detail to be announced.

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


Speakers to be announced

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 to be announced

Paul Marriner, Global Head of Government Advisory, Unit4

Phil Beaumont, Principal Consultant (Public Sector), Unit4

LGSS Representative – Peter Borley-Cox, Transformation Director, LGSS – Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire County Councils

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 – Session title to be announced

Sponsored by: Zurich


Speakers to be announced

WORKSHOP 1D – Society of District Council Treasurers

Speakers: Angela George, Secretary, SDCT

Rob Bridge, Corporate Director and CFO, Fenland DC

Sandra Cowley, Director of Finance, Stroud DC

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 – Sessions to be announced

WORKSHOP 1E – Double Benefits: Using e-invoicing to reduce costs and trap fraud in the public sector

Sponsored by: Basware (with CIPFA CFC)


Speaker: Stephen Carter, Head of e-Invoicing, Basware UK

Chris Dawson, Fraud and Cyber Protect Officer, Metropolitan Police

Arjun Medhi, Technical Development Manager, CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre

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.


Sponsored by: Moody’s Public Sector Europe


Speakers to be announced

WORKSHOP 1G – Empower my staff or close my service?

Sponsored by: ERPaaS



Simon Robinson, Managing Director, ERPaaS

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.


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.

14 July

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.


Speaker: Brendan McCarron, Senior Associate, CIPFA

There is a huge interest in the concept of “business partnering” and a growth in the role of “Finance Business Partners”. Moving to true business partnering in finance requires more than a title, it requires careful thinking about the problems and opportunities that finance helps organisations address which then allows the creation of an appropriate business partnering operating model for the organisation.

This workshop examines the increasing complexity that organisations have to manage and some ways that an appropriate business partnering operating model can be developed.


WORKSHOP 2A – Shared Working, Allocated Risks

Sponsored by: Arthur J Gallagher


Chair: Jane Payling, Head of Health and Integration Faculty, CIPFA

Tim Devine, Managing Director – Public Sector & Education, Arthur J. Gallagher

Mandy Knowlton-Rayner, Insurance and Risk Lead,  Lincolnshire County Council

Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder, Oldham Council

As public services reach for further transformation, how can shared resources be effective without damaging an organisations identity?
Using two organisations that have already been through transformational change together with Risk Financing specialists, Arthur J Gallagher, this interactive workshop will review the barriers to change that are likely to be put in place and develop solutions to break them down to achieve greater efficiencies.

An understanding of the potential savings and efficiencies if shared functions are created.
Breaking down the barriers to creating effective shared services. The potential risk issues to consider.

Workshop 2B – The new audit landscape for local government

Sponsored by: Mazars


Chair: Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA


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 – 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 – Playing the game of fraud – the results of the national survey

Sponsored by: Zurich


Speakers to be announced

WORKSHOP 2D – Investing in the future – risk and reward

Chair: Mike Ellsmore, Chair, CIPFA Pensions Panel


Paul Woods, Director of Finance,North East Combined Authority

Ben Lucas, Managing Director, MetroDynamics Ltd

Mike Ellsmore, Chair, CIPFA Pensions Panel

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

14.45 – 15.30 PLENARY SESSION

Speakers to be announced