08 July

See the 2015 programme below for an idea of what to expect at the 2016 conference

12.15 – 13.30 Lunchtime Workshop – PFI Contracts – How to manage your budgets effectively

Chair: Shona Henderson, Commercial Specialist, HM Treasury

Amardeep Gill, Partner, Trowers & Hamlin
Tony Hazell, Senior Consultant, CIPFA
Alan Jessop, Senior Consultant, CIPFA

There has been a seismic shift in the priorities of the public sector since many of the existing PFI contracts were signed, and a significant number of these contracts are no longer fit for purpose.  This fact, combined with the continuing requirement for the public sector to deliver greater efficiencies, means that there is now a pressing need for many PFI contracts to be reviewed to ascertain what changes to the arrangements are required and what savings such changes can deliver.  A number of authorities are already exploring alterations in risk profile, novel alternative funding arrangements and/or changes in service outcomes.  The expert panel will share their experiences of the issues that need to be addressed when reviewing a PFI contract and the key areas of risk that need to be tackled.

13:30 – 14:30 Workshops

WORKSHOP 1A – Society of District Council Treasurer’s – Dealing with the ‘Grey Areas’


Adrian Jenkins, Pixel Financial Management

Lisa Quinn, Director, Treasury Solutions, Capita Asset Services

Alison Scott, Head of Standards and Financial Reporting, CIPFA

Peter Stuart, Head of Finance, ICT and HR, Mid-Sussex Council

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.

Following on from the refresh of the Role of the S151 Officer publication – CIPFA will lead on a discussion around the risk and role of the S151 officer and in particular those ‘grey’ areas that aren’t easily set out in guidance, including issues of ethics.

The workshop will also look at the challenges and increasing financial risk and volatility from the business rates system and working with SDCT sponsors Capita Asset Services, discuss a new model that seeks to resolve some of those issues in a pragmatic way.

WORKSHOP 1B – Managing your Budget: Excel to Excellence

Chair: Mandy Bretherton, Technical Manager, Local Government Finance, CIPFA

Mark Harris, Local Government Sales Manager, Advanced Business Solutions
Graham Jermy
, Senior Accountant – Budgeting & Accounting Corporate Finance Team,  Norfolk County Council
Owen Sparks, Operations Manager, oneSource – working on behalf of Havering and Newham Councils

It has never been more important for finance teams and departmental managers to control their budgets more tightly than ever before and forecast future spend more accurately. So, it is surprising that many public sector bodies underinvest in budget management solutions and rely on spreadsheet based tools to manage the process. This alone presents an array of challenges including version control, lack of visibility throughout the process, no drill down, human error, to name a few, and while being inefficient it also consumes too much time from a finance team that is already being asked to do more and more without additional resources.

This session will present an alternative way to manage your budgeting and forecasting processes by introducing a collaborative, real time approach which includes budget manager ownership and self-service, consequently reducing the burden on the finance team which will result in both cost and efficiency savings. The session will include case studies from public bodies that have adopted this approach and managed the cultural change.

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WORKSHOP 1C – Are public service pensions affordable?

Chair: Mike Ellsmore, Independent Chair, Local Pensions Boards for London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Southwark, and London Borough of Sutton; former Director of Finance & Resources, London Borough of Bexley

Michael Johnson, Research Fellow and Pensions Analyst, Centre for Policy Studies  
Chris West,
Executive Director of Resources, Coventry Council
Glyn Jenkins, Head of Pensions, Unison

The complexity surrounding pensions and the LGPS does not help councillors, scheme members or taxpayers to understand the issues. Even finance directors struggle to keep on top of developments.

The recent reforms have left in place a scheme that is still wholly unaffordable and unsustainable for local authorities, and almost no one feels able to say so.

This session looks at local government and public service pensions more widely and asks are we being radical enough?

WORKSHOP 1D – Future of the corporate centre

A Resource Directors’ Network Event

Chair: Jonathan Flowers, Local Government Market Director, Capita; Member of the Independent Service Transformation Challenge Panel and Resource Directors’ Network

Anne McMeel, Senior Advisor, KBR
Gillian Quinton, Managing Director (business enterprise and business services plus), Buckinghamshire County Council

Corporate overheads and back offices are an unpopular drain on scarce resources – resources which should really be applied on the front line, where it really matters.  We all “know” this.  But we may be wrong.

Councils use the military analogy of “front line” to emphasise the importance of the place where value is added to the council’s citizens or service users.  The Resources Directors’ Network thinks that front line services should use another military analogy.  Front line troops and their commanders refer to the support functions such as logistics, catering, communications not as “back office overheads” but as “force multipliers” – functions which if done well make their job easier to do, which multiply the effectiveness of every pound spent at the front line, that don’t simply take resources away from it.

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Workshop 1E – Social value: transforming public services

Chair: Jayne Stephenson, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Amy Bretell, Head of Charities and Social Organisations, Zurich

Paul Tombs, Head of Public Services and Infrastructure, Zurich Municipal

Zurich Municipal in collaboration with CIPFA will explore the potential benefits of social value as a tool in the transformation of public services, in delivering better social, economic and environmental outcomes.

This session will present you with a supplier’s perspective on the impact the social value act has had on public services and the transformation the sector is experiencing.

Providing case-study and evidence-based information around designing, commissioning and financing public services and a supplier perspective, this interactive workshop offers finance professionals the chance to explore the potential opportunities, share best practice and learn ways to calculate and measure societal impact.

Sponsored by:

Zurich Municipal

15:00 – 16:00 – Workshops

Workshop 2A – Transforming commissioning from counting widgets to delivering social value – the benefits of measuring the social impact of bold, outcome-based commissioning

Chair: John Maddocks, Technical Manager, Social Enterprises/Commissioning, CIPFA

Sarita Adams, Managing Consultant, Baker Tilly
Vijay Bajpai, Chairman of Greenwich Primary Care Collaborative
Matt Humphrey, Partner, Baker Tilly
Keith Ward, National Head, Social Impact Advisory Team, Baker Tilly
Executive Board members of the Greenwich Primary Care Collective

This session will be delivered by Baker Tilly and also involve Greenwich Primary Care Collaborative (GPCC), a CIC specifically set up by GPs within the Community to drive health care and improvement at a grass roots level. Based on practical experiences and case studies, this session will explore how greater social value can be leveraged by commissioners. So, please start measuring your social impact, because you can and you should!

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Workshop 2B – Aligning Local Public Services

Chair: Andy Burns, Director of Finance and Resources, Staffordshire County Council

Ian Carruthers, Executive Director, Policy & Standards, CIPFA
Mike Emmerich
, Director, Metro Dynamics

The biggest challenge to achieving aligned local public service delivery is getting it started in the first place – particularly changing the culture and turning talk into action. Traditional organisational boundaries have to be crossed and trust needs to be built between local and national bodies and between public, private and third sectors. Success in addressing the challenges will depend to a great extent on the leadership and operational maturity in the various public service delivery bodies. CIPFA believes that it is in local public services’ best interests for local authorities to be the driving force behind the change – a local authority will generally have a broader view of the issues affecting local communities and will usually be in a better position to identify potential partners, bring them together and then develop shared aspirations and desired outcomes in response to those issues. But, in doing so, the local authority will need to take account of the aims and objectives and associated sensitivities of potential partners.

WORKSHOP 2c – Adult social care reform through the Care Act

Chair: Brian Roberts, Director of Corporate Resources, Leicestershire County Council

James Maker, Policy Manager, County Council Network
Aileen Murphie
, Director of Local Government VFM, NAO
David Roe, Senior Consultant, Laing & Buisson

The government set out its reforms in the 2012 white paper “Caring for our future: reforming care and support”.  The Care Act 2014 is a significant part of a new approach and is being introduced at a time when adults’ care needs are rising and public spending is falling. Alongside financial pressures, it is difficult to predict how many people will take up their new entitlements and when. With Phase 1 under way and Phase 2 to come in 2016, what are the risks which central and local government need to manage? And how will those risks be addressed?

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Workshop 2D – Commercialisation and asset management: Using the balance sheet to invest in services and economic growth

A Resource Directors’ Network Event

Chair: Tom Whiting, Corporate Director, Resources, London Borough of Harrow

Chris Dobson, Market Director, Capita
Adrian Hill,
Head of Commercial Development, Nottingham City Council 
Robin Porter
, Corporate Director of Commercial and Transformation Services, Luton Council

Delivering public services in an era of fiscal constraint inevitably requires new approaches including independent revenue generation, entrepreneurial management of the organisations’ balance sheet and smarter asset management to promote growth and free up capacity.

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Workshop 2E – New Delivery Vehicles

Chair: Alan Edwards, Chair of CIPFA Development, CIPFA

Patrick Burns, Director of Mutuals Development, Prospect Services
Simon Laker, Managing Director, Surrey Choices
Paul Oliver, Director of Finance, Surrey Choices
Ahmet Oykener, Councillor for Housing and Estate Regeneration, London Borough of Enfield

As public service bodies seek transformational means to deliver services more effectively and offer better outcomes for their stakeholders, innovative forms of service delivery vehicles are being tried and tested.

09 July

See the 2015 programme below for an idea of what to expect at the 2016 conference

08:15 – 09:15 Breakfast workshop – Using staff engagement as a force multiplier

Speaker: Deb Broadbent-Clarke, Director of Improvement and Corporate Services, Central Bedfordshire Council

Employers have a direct impact on employees’ motivation and productivity through remuneration, promotion of well-being and health and through team and individual’s professional development. All are dynamics which are directly affecting the talent agenda. Failure to meet changing societal expectations could in fact put employee engagement and performance in jeopardy. Supported by the Resource Directors Network, we look at the implications for talent development and maximising organisational effectiveness.

12.15 -13.15 – Lunchtime workshop: Final Accounts at the press of a button

Speakers: Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Scotland

David Stewart, Technology One

Yes. It is possible. An automated solution to replace a time intensive process. This demonstration provides early insight into CIPFA’s exciting new product which will revolutionise how directors of finance deliver their financial statements.

13:30 – 14:30 Workshops

Workshop 3A – Tackling fraud and corruption in a changing landscape

Rachael Tiffin, Head of Counter Fraud Centre and Governance, CIPFA
Oliver May, Head of Counter-Fraud, Oxfam GB

Fraud and corruption are dynamic, responding to and capitalising upon the changing environments in which they occur. How can we be sure, when we work across a shifting landscape, that we are maximising our effectiveness in managing the risk of occupational fraud and abuse? Oxfam GB works in some of the most challenging places in the world, and in this workshop we share some of our experiences in tackling fraud and corruption.

Workshop 3B – Making collaborative and systems leadership work in practice

Chair: Jonathan Flowers, Local Government Market Director, Capita; Member of the Independent Service Transformation Challenge Panel and Resource Directors’ Network

Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, The Leadership Centre
Belinda Weir, Leadership and organisational development consultant in health and social care and Director, Centaura Consulting and Leadership Associate, The King’s Fund

The Service Transformation Challenge Panel recommendations highlighted the critical importance of Collaborative Leadership in achieving local transformation. In association with the Resource Directors Network, this session looks at making it work in practice.

Workshop 3C – The importance of good housing stock to the wellbeing of the community

Chair: Jayne Payling, CFO Papworth Hospital NHS Trust

Joe Reeves, Director of Corporate Affairs, Midland Heart
Emily Bird, Policy Leader, National Housing Federation

This session examines the idea that investment in housing leads to a reduction in the costs associated with other issues such as mental health problems and anti-social behaviour which can impact on public health, marital breakdown and older people being placed in care.

Focused housing solutions provide one possible answer to the budgetary pressures faced by local authorities around older people and adult social care costs.

Workshop 3D – Digital as a force multiplier

A Resource Directors’ Network Event

Chair: Patrick Ellis, Assistant Chief Executive, Dorset County Council

Digital solutions are key to ensuring future public services can be delivered in a way that is user centric, efficient, and cost-effective. Public services are increasingly connected systems that need to be joined up to work better together. From energy use, to healthcare, smart homes to transport, digital solutions and data driven applications will be crucial to unlocking corporate capacity and meeting the future needs of communities’ wellbeing.

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Workshop 3E – Risk and Uncertainty: The Future of Public Services

Chair: Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

David Forster, Head of Risk Proposition, Zurich Municipal
Sarah Pearson
, Strategic Risk Practice Leader, Zurich

An interactive session focussing on strategy and innovation and based on the following themes:

–         Service user trends
–         Political, economic and social trends
–         New service delivery model trends
–         Technology trends
–         People and leadership trends

We will also touch on Zurich Municipal’s future plans and how they closely align with those of the public services sector.  The speakers will outline the pro-active steps being taken to anticipate what the future looks like in order to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.

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Zurich Municipal