What's going on - CIPFA in the North East

Recent events organised by CIPFA in the North East.

Annual Regional Dinner

The CIPFA in the North East Annual Dinner was held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Friday 27th April. 90 CIPFA members and guests attended.

Professional Update Day and AGM

The Professional Update Day and Annual General Meeting took place on the afternoon of 14 March 2018 at Gateshead Civic Centre, preceded by a morning update session for students in the region.

Sixth Form Management Games

CIPFA in the North East's popular Sixth Form Management Games were held at Queen Alexandra College on 9 March 2018, and South Tyneside College on 16 March 2018. Twelve teams and a total of 84 students took part.

Seventh annual regional conference

The seventh Annual Regional Conference was held at the usual venue of the Sage, Gateshead, on Friday 1 December 2017.

Annual Golf Day

CIPFA in the North East's Annual Golf Day was held on Friday 29 September 2017, at Prudhoe Golf Course. George Clark won the Lady Lambert Trophy.

The Big Brexit Breakfast CIPFA North East Event

The ‘Big Brexit Breakfast North East Event’, hosted at Newcastle Civic Centre on 19 September 2017, proved to be a huge success, bringing together both presenters and delegates from different sectors and professions including the Princes Trust, IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), Stirling University, Department of Transport, HMRC, National Audit Office and the Guardian. ver 50 delegates attended.

Anthony Zito, Professor of European Policy for Newcastle University, opened the session with a presentation discussing current negotiations and implications and highlighting key areas of challenge faced by the UK and local government and Universities. His core message was:

‘The UK-EU relationship will not end, but the negotiations outcome will be a test for UK governmental capacity at national and local level.’

Following Professor Zito’s thought-provoking presentation, he was joined by a panel of experts including Julia Goldsworthy, Chair of the Brexit Advisory Commission for Public Services, who chaired the event, David Bell, Professor of Economics at Stirling University, and Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow North East, who all contributed to setting out the critical issues and exploring the detail around the implications of Brexit.

Some of the key discussion points were around:

  • Devolution and a view that post-Brexit public service delivery needs to be more responsive at a local level.
  • Whether a move towards a more federal structure would give a sense of identity within geographical boundaries.
  • Universities - how greatly they will be affected due to their reliance of EU students and staff and how they will need to adapt?

The delegates were left with a sobering thought:

‘556 Days until the UK’s formal exit from the European Union!’

Many questions were asked of the panel. Overall the event provoked a lot of interest, with the prospect of possibly more Brexit events to be scheduled as discussions move forward.

North East Accountancy Awards

Congratulations to the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Service for winning the Public Sector Finance Team of the Year Award for 2017. More details here.

Understanding the Apprenticeship Levy

CIPFA in the North East hosted a session on Understanding the apprenticeship levy on Monday 12 June 2017 at Newcastle Civic Centre. The session was aimed at managers and directors in public services, or those with a responsibility for training and development.

Dan Cutts, the senior business development manager from CIPFA, outlined some of the challenges that are to be faced with the apprenticeship levy and opened up a conversation with the group as to how the Apprenticeship levy can be used to address individual organisation's requirements.