Scotland's deputy first minister John Swinney MSP awarded honorary CIPFA membership


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, has awarded John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and Deputy First Minister of Scotland an honorary CIPFA membership in recognition of his significant contribution to improving public financial management in Scotland.

In particular CIPFA is granting Mr Swinney honorary membership in recognition of his continued support of the values of the Institute and his work to maintain a sustainable and accountable approach to the public finances.

CIPFA’s President, Mike Owen awarded him the honour at CIPFA Scotland’s Public Finance Conference ‘Designing Scotland's future’.  With a focus on new thinking, new powers and new people, the conference will focus on a blueprint for the way Scotland’s public services are run in the years to come. 

At the presentation, Mike Owen commented:

“In John Swinney’s approach to the stewardship of Scotland’s public finances the values and professionalism associated with a CIPFA member are evident. So it is with great pride that on behalf of CIPFA, I have been able to award John Swinney an honorary membership.  

“In his years of public service John Swinney has reflected many of the values and professionalism CIPFA itself promotes and he is therefore extremely deserving of this recognition.”

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney said:

“CIPFA makes an outstanding contribution to the public finance landscape in Scotland. Since I have been in government, that landscape has changed considerably and CIPFA continues to be a valued partner in shaping our shared future.

“I hope the organisation and members will continue to contribute to the development of renewed public finance arrangements for Scotland, as it has done at every stage of our public finance journey so far.

“It has been a pleasure to work closely with CIPFA and I am very honoured by the kind award of honorary membership.”


Notes to Editors

About ‘Designing Scotland's future: new thinking, new powers, new people

In this post-referendum era in which Scotland embraced democracy with an unprecedented poll turn out, we now face elections each year until 2017. This almost certainly means further reform and, against the emerging background of further devolutionary powers, Scotland faces a future which will look significantly different.

But what will that future look like? Who is at the heart of designing our 'new' Scotland and what role will the professions play in ensuring that our new powers are matched by the skills of those in charge? Will we have to retrain our workforce or is there already an untapped talent in Scotland’s public services?

The CIPFA Scotland Public Finance Conference aims to explore these questions so we can begin to develop the blueprint for Scotland's future. In doing so we will consider the role of our people, the role of our services and the new powers we expect to enable our services to be funded.

This is the 'must-attend' event in the calendar for all those working in the public services in Scotland.