Our awards recognise excellence in public finance and accountancy

CIPFA rewards practitioners at every level, from those starting out in their career to those innovating and leading the profession. We acknowledge the personal contributions of our volunteers, who help to support members and students wherever they reside. We also run a series of awards across a variety of industries, which recognise and reward outstanding work and performance.

Public Finance Innovation Awards

The winners and runners-up of the inaugural Public Finance Innovation Awards were announced on the evening of 20 April 2017. Drawn from across sectors and representing all parts of the UK, the winners reflect the remarkable dedication and inventiveness of those working in public finance and governance to deliver excellence in public services.

The 2017 awards shortlist comprised 85 organisations across 15 awards categories, showcasing the most original and innovative work in public finance and governance across the UK.

A panel of expert judges awarded the honour of a Public Finance Award to 15 winners and organisations, including this year's Grand Prix winner, the Strategic Management Team, Sevenoaks District Council.

On awarding the Grand Prix to Sevenoaks the judges commented: "The financial autonomy Sevenoaks has achieved is impressive. Such autonomy becomes the precursor to fiscal devolution, enabling the organisation to achieve its objectives for the local area. This excellent example of innovation illustrates the wholesale change of the financial model, risk appetite and culture of the organisation."

Congratulations to all the 2017 awards winners and to all our shortlisted organisations. Further information on this year's winners and the awards is available on the Public Finance Innovation Awards website.

Government Counter Fraud Awards

The Government Counter Fraud Awards aim to recognise top performing individuals in counter fraud whose significant efforts in detection, prevention and recovery have helped to bridge to gaps in the industry. This inaugural event is supported by the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, the Cabinet Office and the National Crime Agency in 2016. 
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Dr Hedley Marshall CBE Memorial Award

Awarded for: an outstanding contribution to regional activities.
Established for: Dr Hedley Marshall, Institute President in 1953.
Awarded at: Conference for the Regions.
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Tom Sowerby Award

Awarded for: outstanding service to CIPFA students
Established by: Tom Sowerby, President from 1973 to 1974.
Awarded at:
The National Student Forum Annual conference.
The prize:
Tom Sowerby trophy (for the year) and a commemorative engraved salver.
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