CIPFA Northern Ireland Annual Conference

11 October 2016, Riddel Hall Belfast

Join the discussion: #CIPFA16NI

09.00 Registration and coffee


Welcome to the CIPFA NI Annual Conference 2016 from:

  • Brian Roberts, CIPFA President
  • Geoffrey Crossey, Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch of CIPFA

Ministerial Address

Máirtin Ó Muilleoir MLA, Minister, Department of Finance, Northern Ireland Executive 

Chaired by Ian Parsley, Owner, Ultonia Communications and Public Relations and Communications Consultant 


Manchester United - A Success Story in Public Service Collaboration

Devolution of powers is not restricted to the celtic nations. In 2015, Greater Manchester was proclaimed ‘Officially the Most Exciting Place in the UK!' (The Guardian).

A not very quiet revolution has been taking place in one of Europe’s most famous cities.

The leadership necessary to align the public services of this massive city is an inspirational tale of public service collaboration and ingenuity at its best.

Mike Owen, CEO, Bury Council


The Student Stream

The Public Finances Stream

The People Stream

The Outcomes Stream

The New Thinking Stream


Welcome to the student stream from CIPFA Student Network NI rep

Game of the Economy

NI Screen will provide an insight into the film industry in NI and the impact it has had on our economy.

FM Model

Neil Vincent, Head of Training and Consultancy, CIPFA

Finance Business Partnering

What is the formal definition of a business partner and what are the skills required? In this session, CIPFA will provide the answers. Find out how you can develop and formally recognise business partners in your business and maximise their impact.

Brendan McCarron 

Understanding Outcomes - a 30 Minute Guide

A description of what outcomes mean and what the new approach could mean for public financial management.

Alan Bermingham, Policy and Technical Manager, CIPFA

Change and Change: Police, Prisons and Managing Post Conflict
A focus on lessons learned from change within two of NI’s most high profile and controversial institutions including approaches, implementation costs, the impact of success and failure and conclusions drawn about institutional transition in a post conflict situation.

Dr Joanne Murphy, Queens University Belfast


Refreshments Exhibition


The Student Stream

Empowerment comes in a can.

This session offers students the opportunity to reflect on the importance of attitude and mindset in pursuing a successful career.

Robert Herdman

Co-producing Public Services

As the University of Birmingham’s professor of public management and governance, Tony Bovaird is one of the UK’s foremost experts on public sector change.

In this session, Tony will critically assess the real value of working with citizens through co-production, to help provide effective public services and better value for money.

Tony Bovaird, Professor of Public Management and Governance, University of Birmingham


The Public Finances Stream

The People Stream

The Outcomes Stream

The New Thinking Stream


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Brexit: A Reflection

On 23 June 2016 the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. The consequences of that vote are not yet fully known. CIPFA’s CEO summarises the events leading up to the UK’s historic Brexit vote and explores the drivers behind the vote. Rob also explores the likely impact of Brexit upon our public services and our public finances. As a former CEO of the UK Border Agency, Rob is also well placed to offer views on the practical consequences for the devolved administrations of the vote.

Rob Whiteman, CIPFA CEO


Lunch and Exhibition


The Student Stream

Senior Managers' Stories

CIPFA President, Brian Roberts, and Chief Executive, Rob Whiteman, join a panel of senior managers from across the public and private sectors to talk about where they are now, how they got there, and what they’d do differently if they were qualifying today.

Brian Roberts FCPFA, Director of Corporate Resources, Leicestershire County Council
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
Dr Daniel McConnell, Partner, Deloitte
Catherine McFarland, Director of Finance, Audit and Assurance, NI Housing Executive

The role of charities in our changing society

Details of session coming soon

Andrew Hind CB, Outgoing Chair, Fundraising Standards Board


The Public Finances Stream

The People Stream

The Outcomes Stream

The New Thinking Stream


Closing Accounts – the Future Looks Like This

The public demand for earlier information but with less resource has caused CIPFA to introduce remarkable innovation. This session is a glimpse into the future of traditional stewardship.

Gareth Davies, Policy and Technical Manager, CIPFA

Interpersonal Skills for Accountants!

Accountants have good professional technical skills but this session offers a refresher on the interpersonal skills.

Colin Langford


How to Measure Outcomes

Brendan McCarron

Session details coming soon.

Refreshment Break


Equipping the People to Deliver to the People

There are few people in Northern Ireland who have more experience than Marie of dealing with people issues during change and reform in public bodies.

As a former Deputy Chief Executive of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Marie lived with change and the need to address the people issues effectively.

In this session, Marie will outline good practice in employee relations and will provide a critical analysis of how to treat people during reforms to build morale and eradicate scaremongering and fear of change.

Marie Mallon, Chair, Labour Relations Agency


The Student Stream

The Public Finances Stream

The People Stream

The Outcomes Stream

The New Thinking Stream


A PEP in the right direction

This session will offer students guidance through the completion of the Practical Experience Portfolio.

Aga Jop, Head of Student Support, CIPFA

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A Time for Leadership

A rousing finale to the 2016 conference which will help to unlock the leadership qualities in all of the delegates and set our personal direction for the future challenges.

17.15 Close
  Evening Programme
17.30 Drinks Reception
18.15 Dinner and Awards