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CIPFA NW Regional Conference and Dinner 17 November 2017 Preston

The Regional Conference and Dinner is one of the highlights of the year and this year will be no exception. CIPFA members from across the region will come together to discuss the latest developments in public sector finances and hear from excellent speakers. The conference is packed full of industry expert advice and insights. Don't miss it – book your place here.

The Conference will be followed by the Annual Dinner, where members will celebrate the past year's successes, hear from regional president Mike Thomas, and have a fun time. Come and join the celebrations by booking here.

CIPFA North West Council is looking forward to seeing you in Preston.

CIPFA NW Countdown to Commerciality

The government wants to see more public-public and public-private partnerships, and also reduced expenditure while improving service levels. Increasingly there is pressure to adopt more commercial thinking into provision of public services to help with developing partnerships and to achieve these goals. 

This interactive training on 7 November 2017 is aimed at those who are due to set out a commercial venture or who are in the planning stages.

Covered topics include:

  • Understanding the idea of commercial awareness.
  • Consideration of scope of internal and external relationships, and factors effecting your organisation and the environment in which it operates.
  • Understanding of idea of contestability as a driver for effective service delivery.
  • Business, commercial, risk and asset strategies – what are the strategic options and how to identify ones that are useful and communicate them to the right people.

You can book your place on the event's page here.

Introducing your new regional president

On Friday 31 March, the role of President of the CIPFA Council in the North West was taken over by Mike Thomas at the region’s AGM.

Mike is a director in the Grant Thornton Public Sector Audit Practice in the North and leads on work in the local government sector, as well as having a range of audit clients in the local government, health, fire, police and pensions sectors. 

He has been involved in the regional council for well over a decade in various roles; latterly vice president, and previously as secretary and chair of the senior managers group. Prior to moving back to the North West in 2000 Mike was also involved in CIPFA activity in Yorkshire. He is a keen supporter of the region and the work of CIPFA and is greatly looking forward to playing a part in helping to continue to develop one of the Institute's most active and innovative regions. 

Mike has been heavily involved with a range of thought leadership pieces developed by Grant Thornton and its partners in recent years, including work on devolution, 20/20 vision, income generation, various governance and leadership reports, and alternative delivery models. He has assisted organisations in collaborating around issues such as modern slavery, culture of place and purpose driven business activity. He worked alongside colleagues in Grant Thornton and CIPFA in developing the CFO insights tool currently being used by many local authorities across the country.

He is a director of the Deeside Business Forum and currently being considered for a role as a trustee of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services. Outside of work he likes to travel, loves live music and comedy and plays competitive and social cricket.

Mike is keen to explore the challenges facing CIPFA members in the ever-changing landscape surrounding public sector organisations in the coming years. With the triggering of Article 50 and the uncertainties brought by this and other key policy changes he believes it is now more important than ever for members of the institute to support each other and to share and collaborate to ensure future sustainability and success.

Key features of the challenges ahead he believes will be our ability to build capacity and resilience within people and the region to make the most of the opportunities and challenges posed. He is a strong advocate of the North West and the strengths the public sector has to offer in developing a future vibrant economy.