CIPFA North East Annual Dinner

2016 Annual Dinner

The 'house full' signs were almost in evidence as over 90 CIPFA members and guests attended this year’s annual dinner, held at The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Friday 15 April.

While the grey backdrop did not do the setting justice, no-one’s spirits were dampened as we welcomed guests from ACCA, CIMA, and the AAT, as well as our CIPFA Colleagues from the Yorkshire and Humber Region. We also welcomed CIPFA National President John Matheson who gave the pre-dinner address.

The annual dinner also provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise our newly qualified members’ qualification, and welcomed Carol Brown into the Institute as a full member. It was also encouraging to see strong representation from CIPFA students, currently pursuing their qualification with Newcastle and Gateshead Councils respectively.

A speech from Regional President Clive Johnson opened the Dinner celebrating the contribution of two departing (or should that be “outgoing”) regional executive committee members, David Young and George Clark. David has been instrumental in the promotion of CIPFA with health, and the development of HFMA and CIPFA links, and while George’s involvement over the past two and a half decades is the stuff of legends, with the Weekend School, Committee for the Regions and the establishment of the Sixth Form Management Games just some of his achievements.

He also reflected on another excellent year for the region, reinforcing key messages in relation to:

  • great services for members
  • increased collaboration
  • increased influence
  • more support for students.

CIPFA President, John Matheson, thanked the region for their contribution to the work of CIPFA nationally. He put into context the achievements of public sector accountants against a background of continuing austerity and recognised some of the excellent initiatives he has witnessed in meeting finance staff from across the country. Outlining some of the challenges ahead and in recognising that Britain is well regarded nationally for the financial governance of its public services CIPFA has a unique position in helping other countries develop their governance systems.

The President paid his own personal tribute to both David Young and George Clark, thanking them for their contribution to the institute and the wider public service.

The Region would also like to express its gratitude to Sellick Partnership, ENGIE and Mazars both for their support of the event and their generous sponsorship which was key to the success of the evening.

All guests contributed generously to a charity raffle that raised £555 to be divided between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Stroke Association. The first prize was an Acer Tablet, though such a good evening was had by one and all it was suggested that an 'Aspirin' may have been as welcome come the next morning...