CIPFA Wales Annual Conference

Thursday, 23 November, Mercure Hotel, London


Wales Conference


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Welcome to the 2017 CIPFA CYMRU Conference from:

  • Rhian Evans, President of CIPFA CYMRU Wales.
  • Andy Burns, CIPFA President


Plenary Sessions


Keynote Address

Jane Hutt, Leader of the House and Chief Whip


Digital Services: The Future is Now
Speaker to be confirmed

The very phrase Digital public services still sounds like the future. But technological developments here and are advancing faster than the rate at which we can implement them.  The speaker will both inspire and amaze you with what is possible now and the difference it could make to public services in Wales. Prepare to be amazed.

11.15 - 11.40

Refreshment & Exhibition


Financial Resilience in Public Services
Sean Nolan, Director of Local Government & Policing, CIPFA

The continuing financial challenge has meant that ‘Resilience’ has become the emerging key word for public bodies in Wales.  There are practical steps your organisation can take to become financially resilient.  Sean Nolan will set out the framework for the modern resilient Welsh public body.

Delegate Stream Options


The Digital

The Public Finance Stream

The Professional Stream

12.10 to 12.45

Sponsored workshop


Asset Management


Sponsored workshop


12.45 - 13.35

Lunch & Exhibition


The Dark Side isn’t so bad - Value-based healthcare from a doctor’s perspective
Dr Sally Lewis, Assistant Medical Director (Value-based care), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Delegate Stream Options


The Digital Stream

The Public Finance Stream

The Professional Stream

14.05 to 14.40

Driverless Cars: Public Service Fleets in Three Years!

One of the biggest revolutions from the digital and technological age is the era of driverless cars. It is nearer than we think, with the potential to completely disrupt public service fleet management.

Speaker to be confirmed

Integrating Health & Social Care

Overcoming the challenges of integrating two major services is key to future service delivery. An overview of both challenges and solutions is delivered by CIPFA’s expert.

Gareth Davies, CIPFA

Brexit – What the Finance Professional Should Know

Looking beyond the political debate, the key technical milestones and the implications for public services are set out

Alan Bermingham, CIPFA

14.45 to 15.15

Fighting Cyber Crime

The increased reliance on technology and promotion of digital services means that the risk of cyber-crime increases.  But what is it and what steps can we take?

Rachel Tiffen CIPFA  

Commercialisation: The Future Way for Wales

An insight into what the future could look like from a forward thinking Welsh public service body.

David Powell, Powys Council

Technical Accounting – A 30 Minute Guide

A 30 minute ‘sweep’  of current technical developments will ensure that finance professionals have a pointer to what

Sarah Sheen, CIPFA


Refreshment & Exhibition

15.45- 16.20

Sponsored workshop


Of People, Pounds and Pavements - Transforming the Finance Function 

If it was simply a matter of “balancing the books” then life might be tolerable but the modern finance professional is responsible for the management information across all key areas of the business – from people to pavements.

This workshop will examine the premise that modern systems are a key enabler to transforming the Finance Function. Fully integrated HR, Payroll, Finance and Asset Management solutions really are the answer in managing people, pounds and pavements.

Sponsored and presented by TechnologyOne

Accounting for Assets – Still Using Spreadsheets?

A modern CIPFA web based solution to account for assets including automatic report and journal generation and a built in ‘what if’ tool for asset scenario planning.

David Brindley, Head of CIPFA Property


Plenary Sessions

16.25 -17.00

Leading The Way – Your Journey to Self Mastery
Robert Herdman, Author and Motivational Speaker 

Robert Herdman will remind us all that the primary future power will still be brain power and sets up conference to understand yourself better as an essential motivation for the day ahead.


Close of Conference – Rhian Evans, President of CIPFA CYMRU Wales

Post-conference evening entertainment


Drinks Reception
Hosted by Rhian Evans President


CIPFA Wales Annual Conference Dinner & evening entertainment


CIPFA Wales Public Finance Awards


After Dinner Entertainment
After dinner speaker to be announced