north west


CIPFA North West is divided into two areas by the River Mersey.

The Northern Section covers Cumbria, Lancashire, parts of Manchester and north Merseyside.

The Southern Section includes Cheshire, parts of Manchester and south Merseyside.


What's going on?

CIPFA Student Conference: The New Leadership Paradigm – Free for student members

Attend your free annual conference at the Novotel West London on 8 July and access the latest industry insight, as well as real development and tips on the skills needed for the finance professionals of tomorrow. View programme and book.

You can also book your place for the main CIPFA Conference and Exhibition at a discounted rate of £85 +VAT. View programme and book.

President's Blog

North West Society President Shaer Halewood talks about what's been going on in the region on her monthly blog: April 2015

New North West Student Network

The NW Student Group have re-launched as North West Student Network and is led by new President, Liga Berzina (Wigan Council) who takes over from outgoing Chair Carol McDonnell (St Helen's Council).  Vice President is Jamie Wright (Grant Thornton).

Find out more information


Would you like to develop your skills and enhance your career prospects? The NW region is looking for volunteers to write thought leadership pieces and to become regional mentors for international students.  If you think you could get involved, then contact our President, Shaer or Vice President, Mike.
Full details will be provided and as with any volunteering activities, the amount of time you spend is up to you to suite your availability.

Dates for your diary:

  • Integrating Services: Powering the North, Friday 19 June 2015, Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters, Hutton, Preston PR4 5TJ
  • Southern Section topical updates event - Friday 11 September in Manchester.  Further details coming soon.

Meetings & Minutes

Dates of the 2015/16 Society Council meetings can be found here

Annual General Meeting 26 March 2015  

The 2014/15 Annual Report and presentations from the AGM on 26 March 2015 can be found below:

Annual Regional Conference November 2014

The delegate pack including presentations from the 2014 Annual Conference on 5 November 2014 can be found below:


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Who's in your region

Simon Raffaelli

Simon RaffaelliSimon is the Chair of the region’s Northern Section, which supports members’ CPD by putting on two seminars a year in Cumbria and Lancashire. As Head of the Programme Management Office (PMO) at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Simon heads up a team responsible for overseeing and assuring a range of projects improving the quality, safety, governance and efficiency of services across the Trust.

Prior to moving into the PMO, Simon had spent a number of years as a Divisional Finance Manager in the Trust, having transferred from local government in 2005. His Initial Professional Development was undertaken at Blackpool Borough Council and Lancaster City Council, where he subsequently held the role of Principal Accountant for Housing.


The North West branch provides events for CIPFA members in the region.


Hertsmere Council: Financial Services Manager

£43,958 - £57,740 per annum (depending on skills and experience) : Hertsmere Council: Financial Services Manager £43,958 - £57,740 per annum.Hertsmere is an enterprising Council, striving to look for innovative ways to generate income. Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

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