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conference Thursday 25 June
09.30 – 09.40 Welcome to day two
Roger Latham, CIPFA’s President will welcome delegates and
introduce day two Chair Jon Sopel, broadcaster and journalist.
09.40 -10.40 Leading public services in times
of change and challenge
Tuesday 23 June
This session will focus on the particular challenges the current
13.30 – 15.30 International seminar economic circumstances present the leadership of public service
As a precursor to the main conference, the annual international organisations. What special role and responsibilities do they
seminar will consider the critical importance of sound public have in plotting and supporting the country on its route to
financial management and discuss the contribution that CIPFA recovery? From the challenge of public sector pensions to the
and public finance professionals can make internationally. With role of culture in communities, can the unique set of challenges
Mark Lowcock Director General Country Programmes, DFID (Chair) we face today be met with innovative and inspirational solutions
Gert van der Linde lead specialist in FM, World Bank, Clive Grace that will not burden but empower future generations? With
Chair of CIPFA’s International Strategy Board, Caroline Rickatson
Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
International Director, CIPFA and Mark Thompson, BBC Director General.
15.45 -16.45 CIPFA AGM 10.40 – 11.00 The role of the public services
director of finance
Open to all CIPFA members.
The Finance Director occupies a critically important position in
any organisation, but in the public services, their stewardship
16.45 – 17.30 Guest lecture responsibilities have an extra edge because public money is at
This year, our guest lecture on the eve of conference will be stake. This session will debate the key principles that underpin
delivered by Matthew Parris. As one of the UK’s best known the finance director’s role, based on the results of national
political commentators, a former MP and a diarist for The research programme. With speakers including Jon Thompson,
Times, Matthew is perfectly placed to offer some enlightened Head of the Government Finance Profession and Director General
reflections on the current political climate. for Finance at the Ministry of Defence (invited).
Wednesday 24 June 11.30 – 12.30 Public finance and delivery: the
09.30 -09.50 Welcome to CIPFA conference manifesto debate
Roger Latham, CIPFA’s President, will open the conference. With a general election looming, all eyes are on the main
political parties and their reform plans for public services in a
new and unprecedented fiscal landscape. This session will hear
09:50 – 10:50 A new political and economic analysis from one of the UK’s leading political broadcasters
followed by a debate with key figures from leading think tanks.
This year’s conference takes place in a new and unprecedented With Jon Sopel, Alasdair Murray, Director, Centre Forum, Guy
political and economic era. To help make sense of the global Lodge, Associate Director, IPPr and Neil O’Brien, Director, Policy
situation and set the scene for the 2009 CIPFA conference, the Exchange (invited)
opening plenary session will be delivered by the Nobel Prize-
winning economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz.
15.00 – 15.45 Leadership in hard times
11.20 – 12.20 Re-thinking public services for a Alastair Campbell spent ten years as the Government’s chief
new era strategist and spokesman under Tony Blair, witnessing history
first hand. To close the 2009 CIPFA conference, Alastair will
The new economic climate has created new challenges for the share his insight into what it takes to manage change in
public sector. Whilst the downturn has seen demand for some adversity and show leadership in hard times.
public services go up, the public finances available to deliver
them are expected to go down. This session will debate new
ways of thinking about delivering public services, in light of
both the economic downturn and the increased expectation for
customer-focused and personalised services. With Ed Mayo,
Chief Executive of Consumer Focus (Chair), Geoff Mulgan,
Director of the Young Foundation and John Seddon, Author of
Systems Thinking in the Public Sector.
16.45 – 17.15 Crunch time - What next for the
economy and public services
As the options available to political parties look increasingly limited
by events, what do UK citizens see as priorities? What are their
expectations? And are the parties actually listening? Ben Page,
Managing Director of Ipsos MOrI Public Affairs and one of the
country’s leading and best known pollsters, paints the picture of this
unprecendented political landscape.
the public finance
event of the year
CIPFA’s annual conference is the public finance and public sector management event of the year. With the recession
continuing, and with a general election on the horizon, the debates on public spending and public sector delivery
Taking place amid this unprecedented economic and political environment, the 2009 conference is a more critical
platform for dialogue and debate than ever before.
Public finance professionals, directors and managers from across the public services are invited to join the CIPFA
annual conference to explore how leadership, planning for recovery and resilience can help chart a route through these
At the Conference
International Seminar showcases CIPFA’s International Strategy and current global developments. The seminar
will draw on key elements of CIPFA’s work on the role of the Finance Director and our Financial Management Model,
as well as examples of good practice overseas. With international colleagues and strategic partners this will explore
current challenges for the development of the public finance profession globally and provide the opportunity for
delegates to contribute their experience to a new CIPFA paper.
Advice Centres Don’t miss the opportunity for consultation with experts from CIPFA - for questions and comments
about Practice Assurance, International Financial Reporting Standards and CIPFA’s education and training services.
Visit the website for updates.
Exhibition Catch up with the latest products and services offered by leading companies operating in the public
services arena. Visit the busy trade show run in parallel to the conference, the most influential gathering of local
authority and public sector professionals in the UK. www.cipfa.org.uk/exhibitions/cipfa2009.cfm
Drinks Reception CIPFA will be hosting a drinks reception and we invite all delegates to join us and the other
exhibitors for wine and refreshments in the exhibition hall from 17.15 on Wednesday 24 June. This is an ideal
opportunity to catch up with all your colleagues in a convivial atmosphere at the end of the first full day of
Other highlights include: Continuing professional
National Students Conference - The student event on development...
Wednesday 24 June focuses on sustainable leadership with As well as being a must-go event, the conference
sessions on Developing Sustainable Leaders and Shaping counts towards CIPFA students Continuing
Public Services and aims to build up effective study skills Professional Development (CPD). Further
and personal development. The event is limited to 120 information is available at www.cipfa.org.uk/cpd.
delegates and is free to students. For students of other bodies please contact your
CPD representative for information.
Golf competition - The annual golf competition will be
held at the prestigious Mere Golf & Country Club from
08.30 on Tuesday 23 June. The course is 30 minutes
from the centre of Manchester. The competition is again
sponsored by Tradition and is open to all CIPFA Members,
delegates, exhibitors and sponsors. Book your place by
contacting the organiser Ray Bolton on 01638 665672 or
choice Beyond the main stage, delegates can choose from a programme of
‘choice stream’ seminars which discuss specialist topics with leading
thinkers and practitioners.
\ wednesday 24 june 13.35 - 15.05
1 Modelling Led by the Society of District Council Treasurers (SDCT), this session explores the ways that district councils
for recovery can position their organisations and services for when economic recovery comes, along with wider analysis of
the key finance issues facing districts. Speakers include Angela Brown, President of the SDCT.
2 All our futures: Public sector pensions are a source of ongoing heated debate. This session will explore the pressing issues and
the pensions challenge consider how public sector pension professionals can meet the challenges ahead. Chaired by Bob Summers,
Chair of the CIPFA Pensions Panel, speakers include Neil Carberry, Head of Pensions at the CBI.
3 People, places and How can a council work with a local football team to help shape community identity? This session will explore
shaping community local government’s ‘place-shaping’ role through the story of Telford & Wrekin Council’s support for Telford
United and its fans. Chaired by legendary TV and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall, speakers include Steve
identity Wellings, Chief Executive of Telford & Wrekin Council, Lee Carter, Chairman at AFC Telford and Mike Owen,
Finance Director at Bury Metropolitan Borough Council.
4 Resilience and rationality: Surviving and succeeding in the 21st Century requires new skills and attributes. This practical workshop will
surviving in the 21st look at the psychological factors involved in resilience and mental survival in tough times to help participants
develop the skills they need for psychological resilience and well-being. This session is run by Dr Pieter Kruger
century MA PhD C Psychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist for LLP Consulting.
\ wednesday 24 june 15.35 - 16.45
5 How to create seamless Partnership working across public bodies is hailed as the solution to joined-up, effective and personalised
public services services. This session will showcase work in Cumbria, where public bodies came together to accelerate public,
private and third sector collaboration across the county. Speakers include John Atkinson, Managing Director
of the Leadership Centre for Local Government.
6 Innovation and This session will look at the role of collaboration in supporting ongoing improvement and service innovation in
improvement through finance. An expert panel will share lessons from their experience in running shared and outsourced services,
identifying how they have contributed to service maturity and customer needs. Speakers include Geoff
collaboration: a CFO’s Dobson, Head of Strategic Finance at Suffolk County Council, Mark Pickett, Vice President of Finance for
perspective Oracle UK in the Middle East and Africa, and Grahame Lucas, Head of Financial Services for Worcester City
7 IFRS: learning from The transition to International Financial reporting Standards presents a major challenge to public sector
central government and accountants. This session will consider lessons on implementation from Whitehall and health in 2009 and
looks at preparations for local authorities ahead of their transition in 2010. Speakers include Martin Sinclair
health (Chair) AASP Chair, Larry Pinkney, Secretary to HM Treasury’s Financial Reporting Advisory Board.
8 Resilience and Surviving and succeeding in the 21st Century requires new skills and attributes. This practical workshop will
rationality: surviving in look at the psychological factors involved in resilience and mental survival in tough times to help participants
develop the skills they need for resilience and well-being. This session is run by Dr Pieter Kruger MA PhD C
the 21st century Psychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist for LLP Consulting.
\ thursday 25 june 13.45 - 14.50
9 The role of the public The finance director is a critical role in any organisation, but in the public sector their financial stewardship
services director of has an extra edge because public money is at stake. This session gives existing and aspiring finance directors
the chance to debate the characteristics and components that the role requires to be effective. Speakers
finance include Jon Thompson (invited), Head of the Government Finance Profession and Director General for Finance
at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) (invited).
10 Kick-starting recovery The UK’s towns and cities face a heightened range of challenges in these difficult economic times. This session
will bring together an expert panel to discuss resilience through the recession and how to plan for recovery in
the longer term.
11 Do we need participatory Participatory budgeting is fashionable. Hazel Blears urges it. Some local authorities are trying out various
budgeting? forms. But can it be compatible with representative democracy and the government of localities by elected
councillors? Speakers include Professor George Jones, OBE, Emeritus Professor of Government at the London
School of Economics (LSE).
12 The future of treasury The collapse of the Icelandic banks and continuing credit crunch has brought treasury management once
management again to the top of the agenda in local government. In response to the continuing need to develop best
practice CIPFA is launching a new treasury management qualification in partnership with the Association of
Corporate Treasurers and is reviewing the Treasury Management Code and associated guidance.
This workshop looks at the future of treasury management and how public sector bodies can respond to the
challenges they face.
Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the renowned Nobel
Alastair Campbell, former director of the
Government’s communications and strategy
Matthew Parris, broadcaster and former MP
Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades
Jon Sopel, Political broadcaster and journalist
Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation
Also speaking at the conference: Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of
Consumer Focus, Ben Page, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Public
Affairs, John Seddon, Author of Systems Thinking in the Public
Sector, Stuart Hall, Broadcaster, Guy Lodge, Associate Director,
IPPR, plus more to be confirmed.
Professor Joseph Jon Sopel Brendan Barber Matthew Parris
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