local government minister sets out vision for public sector place-based property management

23-05-2011

Local government minister, Baroness Hanham will outline the Government’s drive towards place-based property management at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) forthcoming property conference.

The Government is encouraging public bodies to take a ‘one public estate’ approach and manage their property assets as a whole across their local area rather than allowing different parts to manage their own property needs themselves. The CIPFA conference aims to explore this approach in detail.

Baroness Hanham will set out why the Government is promoting place-based estate management and how they are removing the barriers that hinder local public bodies.

The CIPFA One Public Estate Conference will take place on Thursday 26 May 2011 at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London. Journalists are welcome to attend.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrew Smith, Chairman of the NIEP and Chief Executive Hampshire County Council
  • Ray Goodier, Associate Director, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alex Plant, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Horizons
  • Helen Bailey, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships
  • Alex Dawson, Executive Director Public Sector, Savills
  • Brian Reynolds, representing Local Government Improvement & Development (LGID)

The conference will bring together senior managers in the public sector and third sector organisations with a particular interest in public finance and property.

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Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 5645/5787
e lindsay.machin@cipfa.org.uk/ chloe.forbes@cipfa.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. The conference will draw on the Government’s Capital and Asset Pathfinder programme which promotes a holistic approach to managing public estates across an area.  The capital and assets pathfinder programme aims to help areas make more effective use of their public estate. This is achieved by identifying customer needs and demand, and using this as a basis for managing the area's public estate - usually land and property. Pathfinders are projects that trial a theory to ensure that it works in practice.

2. More information about the conference can be found on the CIPFA website.

3. About CIPFA

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.