Please note that all speakers, content and timings are subject to change
12.15 – 13.00 Lunchtime session – Cutting the cost of fraud
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 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.
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.
WORKSHOP 1H – COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS (CBA)
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 – 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 – FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNERS
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.
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
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
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