EY and CIPFA in the North East joint award

Read about this prestigious award for public service finance professionals in the North East of England.

Do you know of an accountant who is delivering an outstanding contribution in the delivery of public services in the North East of England?

CIPFA North East and EY are once again jointly sponsoring an award to celebrate this achievement which will be presented at the upcoming CIPFA North East conference on Friday 25 November 2016. Last year it was agreed to make the award to two outstanding individuals: Tom Clarke and Jim Mackey, who in the view of the judges both warranted recognition for exceeding the values of CIPFA, especially within the North East.

The award is made by a judging panel who will be looking for demonstrations of outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Significant achievement
  • Determination
  • Enterprise
  • Strategic development
  • Leadership
  • High quality of service
  • Integrity
  • Clear thought
  • Attitude
  • Innovation

Nominations for the 2016 Award have now closed.

2015 EY/CIPFA in the North East Joint Award

The result of the 2015 Joint Award was announced at the annual CIPFA in the North East Conference on Friday 20 November 2015. Despite the relatively late notice seeking nominations for this award, what we received were – as expected – of supreme quality. With the agreement of EY we have opted to present two individuals this year – one to a relatively newly qualified accountant and the other to a more experienced individual. In our eyes both warrant such recognition as they have demonstrated exceeding the values of CIPFA, especially within the North East.

The first individual qualified with CIPFA in 2011 but his conduct over the last 18 months undertaking the role of project accountant not only involved working late and preparing detailed and complex financial modelling – the duties normally associated with an accountant – but his efforts culminated in being cross examined for two whole days by private sector commissioned barristers. There will be very few individuals in the room today who will have faced such an ordeal, let alone someone so recently qualified.

The award goes to Tom Clarke of Nexus for his work, on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, to develop a quality contract scheme for bus services in the North East. Ultimately, the traffic commissioner has this month ruled against Nexus but this does not take away from Tom his outstanding contribution to public finances in the North East. His citation reads:

“Throughout the past 18 months, Tom’s conduct and approach has been exemplary… he has worked incredibly hard, showing maturity beyond his years and going above and beyond what I would normally expect of an accountant with his experience.”

Secondly, and sadly unable to be present in person to accept his award at the conference, the other recipient has worked his way up through various finance roles within the North East Health Sector to eventually become, in 2004, the interim Chief Executive of Northumberland Care Trust, and then Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The second award goes to Jim Mackey. Only last month Jim was appointed Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. This is a role of national political importance and profile, and will oversee the amalgamation of Monitor and the Trust Development Agency. His citation reads:

“Jim’s ambition to maintain state of the art services for local people has seen the opening of the state of the art emergency care hospital at Cramlington which has been described by Sir Bruce Keogh as ‘a glimpse of the future’ and ‘sets the standard for other NHS organisations’.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Jim’s vision has seen the Trust stay at the leading edge of strategy and policy by gaining NHS Vanguard status for the development of hospital ‘chains’, and also emerge as one of the country’s first Accountable Care Organisations.”

A picture of Tom receving his award from CIPFA President John Matheson is on our Photobucket page.