Our awards recognise excellence in public finance and accountancy

They reward practitioners at every level, from those starting out in their career to those innovating and leading the profession. They also acknowledge the personal contributions of our volunteers, who help to support members and students wherever they reside. Find out about our student prizes.

Find out how to nominate someone for a CIPFA award below.

Public Service Audit Award

Cliff Nicholson Award flyerAwarded for: Excellence in public service audit.
How to Enter: Completing entry form (PDF with editable text-boxes).
Established by: Cliff Nicholson CBE, President in 1990.
Awarded at: The CIPFA Audit Conference.
The prize: A beautiful cut glass crystal bowl and certificate.
Contact: Matthew Allen, T: +44 (0)20 7543 5608, E:

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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Sir Harry Page Merit Award

Sir Harry Page Award 2013 coverAwarded for: an outstanding piece of work in the field of public service accounting and financial management (awarded to an individual or group).
Established by: Sir Harry Page, President in 1968. First presented in 1969.
Awarded at: the CIPFA annual conference.
The prize: The Sir Harry Page Merit Award trophy.
Contact: Jacqueline Durban, T: +44 (0)20 7543 5795, E:

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.
Contact: Jacqueline Durban, T: +44 (0)20 7543 5795, E: