CIPFA Central Government Conference

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Event summary

Brexit and the Budget: What next for the Government Finance Professional?

A day after the chancellor's Autumn Statement, this event will bring together leading lights in the world of central government to discuss the challenges and opportunities in preparing for Brexit and the upcoming budget.

Find out the latest economic projections and what is needed from the finance professional in the new environment.

Get involved in the conversation: #CIPFACG2017


23 November 2017
Starts: 13:00
Ends: 19:00


Institute for Government
2 Carlton Gardens
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Standard price

£0.00 excl VAT

*online booking for this event has closed. Bookings can now be made by phoning 020 7543 5892.

About this event

The first CIPFA Central Covernment Conference in two years, this will be an excellent platform to engage with members, other finance professionals as well as leaders from central government. Find out about the work CIPFA supports in the wider finance community in central government, and a day after the chancellor's Autumn Statement get the latest news and reaction. 

Our programme is live – with another keynote speaker to be confirmed. Please check back for updates.


Highlights of this free, crucial day include:

  • a keynote address from Meg Hilier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
  • a welcome address from Mike Driver, Head of the Government Finance Profession
  • the latest news, insight and reaction to the chancellor's Autumn Statement the day after it happens
  • a convenient half day conference 
  • Q&A panel discussion
  • the economic projections in the run up to Brexit.

Why attend? 

  • Find out the latest thinking shaping the role of the government finance professional
  • An opportunity to have Q&A with senior public sector leaders
  • Find out how #Brexit and the public finance landscape is likely change and the impact this will have on your role
  • Find out about the performance tracker and how finance and policy can work together more effectively
  • An opportunity to network with fellow professionals.

Who should attend?

All those working in central government dealing with public money, finance, accountancy – and anyone who wants to get a strategic view of central government finance.


  • Central government

Download programme schedule

Central Government Conference 2017 ProgrammePDF 101.9 KB

Speaker - Meg Hillier MP

Meg Hillier

Meg Hillier is the member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee. First elected in 2005, Meg has been a junior home office minister and shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change. Meg is also co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and vice-chair of the Cycling All Party Parliamentary Group, as well as being a trustee of the charity War Memorials Trust. Before entering Parliament, Meg represented Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest on the London Assembly, was a local councillor for eight years, and was the youngest ever Mayor of Islington in 1998/99.

Speaker - Julian McCrae, Deputy Director, Institute for Government

Julian McCrae

Julian joined the Institute for Government in July 2009 from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit where he was deputy director. He leads the Institute’s work on financial leadership for government, fiscal policy and consolidations and is a spokesperson on all areas of their work. He also led the Institute's research programme on corporate taxation and business investment issues.

He started his career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where he spent eight years and published work on the UK's personal taxation and welfare system. While at the Strategy Unit, Julian led the process spanning 11 government departments that culminated in the 2009 New Opportunities White Paper, and ran Tony Blair's Fundamental Savings Review. Prior to this he taught public economics at University College London and worked at Frontier Economics, one of the UK's leading economic consultancies, where he helped expand the public policy practice.