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It has been a busy summer for CIPFA - with the Summer Budget, the opening of CIPFA Scotland’s new office, members voting in favour of a new governance structure to better support the Institute and of course, our 2015 Annual Conference.
Under the banner ‘Aligning Public Services, forging a sustainable legacy,’ Conference explored and suggested solutions to the most pressing issues facing us all in the post-recession, post-election world. This included everything from devolution, fraud and pensions to accountability, housing and the future of the NHS.
It was a fantastic two days with a great line up of expert speakers that brought together our members and other public finance professionals to debate how we can create sustainable public services in 2015 and beyond.
The themes from Conference were perfectly depicted by illustrators Twovizthink throughout the two days.
CIPFA’s Conference for the Regions is taking place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October. It’s a great opportunity for all volunteers to learn more about CIPFA and the direction we want to take the Institute. It will also give you the chance to give feedback on your experience as an ambassador and give us details of any support you may need.
The two day programme includes networking opportunities for students and members and also the opportunity to hear speakers from CIPFA and other organisations.
Highlights on day one include hearing from Ian Ball, Chair of CIPFA International, on global public financial management developments and issues; Andrew Burns, Director of Finance and Resources of Staffordshire County Council, on aligning local public services and John Comber, CEO of Greenwich Council, on using social media to influence public opinion on transformational change.
On day two there will be several workshops. Giles Orr, Executive Director – Development and New Markets at CIPFA, will discuss student recruitment and engagement and Lee Yale-Helms, Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will examine successful case studies of regional ambassador and mentoring programmes. An open panel discussion will be the last main activity of the day and will discuss CIPFA’s priorities going forward and transitional arrangements.
The Hedley Marshall CBE Memorial Award and Regional Awards for 2015 will also be given out and not forgetting the regions quiz which will be held after dinner on the Saturday.
I’m delighted to announce that this month (September) accountancy students from Grant Thornton UK LLP will be the first to study the new CIPFA/ICAS Integrated Qualification in Audit which draws on the expertise of both institutes.
This integrated qualification reflects the radical changes made to public sector audit in the past few years, with the abolition of the Audit Commission and the introduction of a new public sector audit regime.
On completion the qualification gives registered audit status to practice across every sector of the UK economy as well as dual designation from both institutes – Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA).
This single sought after qualification is ideal for firms and national audit bodies operating in the expanding public and private sector environment.
Professionally accredited counter fraud practitioners can now join CIPFA.
The Institute has extended its membership to include accredited counter fraud practitioners as affiliate members. As well as being welcomed as part of the CIPFA family, affiliate members have access to a wide variety of benefits, offers, training and qualifications, publications, events, and information services.
Membership of a chartered institute is a key stepping stone towards the professionalisation and formal recognition of counter fraud as a specialist genre in its own right. Leading the way in the pursuit of excellence in this field is the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre.
Our Counter Fraud Centre offers experience, insight, advice and practical services to help tackle fraud and corruption across the public services. Established in July 2014, it is the UK’s centre of excellence for counter fraud and aims to help public service organisations protect public money by increasing their ability to prevent, detect and recover losses from fraud.
To join please email E: firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information visit the website.
CIPFA in the North East will host the next round of our sixth-form team management games later this year.
The popular event provides a stimulating and fun environment for sixth-form students to sample the scope, complexity and impact of financial management in the public sector.
Several sixth-form games took places across the midlands in the summer and are an excellent way for students to understand the way our public finances are managed and the challenges our finance teams face in allocating budgets to often equally important priorities.
For more information of if you would like to take part and volunteer at the games, contact CIPFA North East Regional Representative George Clark by emailing E: email@example.com
CIPFA are always looking for new ways our members can spread the word about the Institute to help us increase our network and influence.
We have ambassadors getting involved in both employer engagement and university events throughout 2015. We are meeting with health organisations over the next few months – all helping to grow the CIPFA student/membership base within the health sector.
We are also attending 41 University events from September. These are UK wide so there is plenty of scope for all to get involved whether you are an experienced member, newly qualified or still studying undergraduates.
If you can spare a few hours to help as a CIPFA ambassador by sharing your knowledge and expertise then please contact the Business Development Team via E: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 543 5757.
CIPFA will be moving from paper based exams to online e-assessment. The first e-assessments will be in December 2015 for students sitting Financial Accounting and Management Accounting only. From the following sitting (June 2016) all exams will be sat via e-assessment. Practice exams will be made available to all students to ensure they are prepared for the new assessment methods.
For more information visit our website.
A big thank you to all our volunteers who in the past couple of months have helped at our sixth form team management games, as exam invigilators and at our successful annual conference.
As advocates of CIPFA our volunteers are vital to the success of the Institute. Over the summer, you have helped CIPFA support public services effectively and worked to increase our influence. Over the autumn we will be working to increase our membership base and raise our policy voice even further - I look forward to working with you in doing so.
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA