CIPFA in The Midlands 2017 Annual Seminar

Event summary

'Where do we go from here?' The Midlands' popular annual seminar returns, with a strong line-up of speakers.


28 November 2017
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


One Snow Hill
Snow Hill Queensway
B4 6GH
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Standard price

£50.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The CIPFA Midlands' popular annual seminar returns. The BIG question we are exploring on the day is: where do we go from here?

This one-day seminar is open to all.

Confirmed speakers

Stephen Dorrell, former Conservative Cabinet Minister, Chair of the NHS Confederation, Chair of the European Movement UK and a senior adviser to KPMG supporting the Global Health and Public Sector practices.

Stephen will give his take on current events and then engage in a conversation with delegates about the options we have going forward.

Andy Burns, Current CIPFA President and Director of Finance and Resources at Staffordshire County Council.

Andy will discuss the themes for his Presidential Year, which are the key bedrocks of where we go from here - the importance of medium term financial planning and the sustainability of public finances, better alignment and collaboration in the sector and the role that digitalisation can play to boost delivery and outcomes.

Sean Pearce, newly appointed Director of Finance for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Sean will share with us the vision and future of WMCA. He will work closely with the mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and the chief executive to drive forward a number of initiatives including the delivery of a capital investment programme of at least £8bn as part of the devolution deal.

Rachael Tiffen, Head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, and winner of the 2017 Stella Walsh Award for Long Term Commitment to Preventing Fraud.

Fraud prevention and detection has arguably never been more intense or important. Rachael launched the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre in 2014 and will share with us her insights and experience. Rachael is now in the process of delivering the London Counter Fraud Hub, which is bringing together London boroughs and counter fraud specialists with the latest technologies to help tackle fraud and corruption. Led by Rachael and working with a consortium of partners, including BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, the initiative is the first of its kind and will provide London with over £60m savings a year.

Richard Walker, Associate Director Technology and Risk, KPMG.

Richard will give his insights into how digital transformation can help the public sector to meet the challenges that the future holds and the opportunities that it offers.

Please note that speakers may vary the themes of their presentations.


The standard price is £50 plus VAT, total £60.

The discounted rate for students, retired and unemployed members, etc is £25 plus VAT, total £30. Use discount code PQREGS50.

Lunch is included.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.


  • Central government
  • / Leadership
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Professional development