CIPFA Central Government Conference

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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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About this event

The first CIPFA Central Government 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. 

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Highlights of this free, crucial day include:

  • a keynote address from Meg Hillier 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 to 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.


  • Brexit
  • / Financial management

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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.

Speaker - Liz Martins

Liz Martin

Liz Martins joined HSBC in 2010, having been head of Middle East and North Africa Research at Business Monitor International prior to that. She joined the bank in the Dubai office, where she covered 15 Middle Eastern economies, during the turbulent period of the Arab Spring, bringing HSBC's view on the region to clients across the world. In 2014, she moved to the London office to join the Global and European Economics teams in London. Since 2016 she has led HSBC's analysis of the UK ec onomy, including the key task of navigating the economic landscape following the UK's vote to leave the EU. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from Cambridge University.

Speaker - Dr Emily Andrews

Emily Andrews

Dr Emily Andrews is a senior researcher at the Institute for Government. She currently leads Performance Tracker, a data-driven assessment of the performance of public services. She has also worked on digital government and professions in the civil service. Prior to joining the Institute, she completed a Wellcome-funded PhD on senile dementia in 19th-century Britain, at the University of Warwick. She began her career as a secondary school teacher in London.

Speaker - Will Moy

Will Moy

Will has been the director of Full Fact since 2010, through three referendums, the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, the European Parliamentary and 2015 and 2017 general elections. He appears regularly on TV, radio, and at events to discuss Full Fact's work and factchecks, as well as giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and select committee inquiries. Before Full Fact, Will worked for the non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.

Speaker - Mike Denham

Mike Denham

Mike is an economist who has worked in both the public and private sectors. He was at HM Treasury during the Callaghan and Thatcher governments, and subsequently spent 20 years in the City. In recent years he has written extensively on government waste, public sector reform, and the need for lower taxes in Britain. Mike graduated from Oxford University and has a master's degree from the London School of Economics.

Speaker - Sir Amyas Morse

Sir Amyas Morse has been Comptroller and Auditor General since June 2009. His role is to support Parliament by holding government to account and he is supported in this by around 750 auditors at the National Audit Office. Each year, Sir Amyas personally certifies around 370 accounts including those of all government departments, representing £1.6 trillion in expenditure and £1.7 trillion in assets. He also publishes around 65 major ‘value-for-money’ audits each year, covering both central government and local issues, concentrating on major issues of public concern. Sir Amyas is a witness at every Public Accounts Committee evidence session and attends around 50 each year. Previously, Sir Amyas was a global managing partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining the Ministry of Defence in 2006 as Commercial Director. Sir Amyas recently completed a six year term of office on the UN board of auditors and he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

Speaker - Mike Driver

Mike Driver

Mike is the Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice and Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury. Mike was previously the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Work and Pensions. Mike is a member of the CIPFA Council and Chair of the CIPFA Governance & Financial Management Panel. He is also a Non-Executive Board Member of Shared Services Connected Ltd, a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt and the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England & Wales. Mike is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant.