Local Government Finance Conference

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Event summary

Ongoing austerity – how the sector continues to deliver

The Local Government Finance Conference 2017 will offer delegates the opportunity to listen to topical policy debates and hear the comments of leading strategic thinkers.

This year's event addresses key topics such as commercialism, technology in financial reporting, and financial sustainability, all delivered by key figures across local government and beyond.


12 June 2017
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


250 Bishopsgate
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Standard price

£195.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The need for local government to make further savings or generate new revenue streams continues. And with the ‘easy wins’ now largely exhausted for most, authorities must become far more innovative when looking to balance the books. CIPFA continues to work closely with authorities to identify such efficiencies and we are delighted to share some of these options with practitioners, through our main conference event for the year.

CIPFA is committed to helping local authorities deliver their services in accordance with current budget constraints, and thus avoid the risk of an unbalanced budget and a Section 114 notice during current times of austerity. 

This conference sets out some of the specific initiatives and efficiency/income generation options that CIPFA has either been involved with or supported across the sector. All speaker sessions will address one or all of these issues:

  • options to generate more income
  • options to reduce costs
  • options to improve efficiencies through innovative service delivery
  • a check that an organisation’s future plans remain robust and in accordance with audit standards.

Conference highlights

The keynote address is from Rob Whiteman, CIPFA Chief Executive, well-known commentator and writer on public services, who will bring his own perspective gained from many years public services to the conference.

The Assured Managed Services session will not only help identify significant cost reduction options but will also help authorities with the earlier closedown required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations.  

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at directors and heads of service and senior finance practitioners across local government, including fire and police services. 

For those looking for more technical accounting events, for accountants and finance managers, including the Code of Practice and the latest accounting developments, try CIPFA's Local Government Accounting Conferences in Birmingham and London in July.

How will a I benefit from attending?

Book for this conference and you will:

  • be able to explore the role of local government finance over the next few years 
  • learn lessons learned from CIPFA Financial Resilience Reviews
  • be able to get ideas and inspiration on how your organisations can deliver services commercially
  • learn about the potential for using G-cloud computing to reduce costs
  • understand how to free up time from the production of accounts to focus on forward-thinking and value-adding activity 
  • hear the latest concerns from the Public Accounts Committee/NAO
  • address how to maximise savings with good counter fraud measures.

CPD hours



  • Accounting
  • / Alternative service delivery
  • / Commercialisation
  • / Financial management
  • / Shared services

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Speaker - Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman has been CEO since September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement & Development Agency. Prior to this he was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Director of Resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Speaker - Cliff Dalton, Head of Local Government, CIPFA

Cliff Dalton

Cliff is a qualified CIPFA accountant and shared service practitioner. He is CIPFA's head of local government, representing the Institute and shaping policy voice, position statements and speaking at events on local government and transformation issues. Cliff has also worked for 20 years in local government.

Speaker - Sean Nolan, Director of Local Government and Policing, CIPFA

Sean Nolan

Sean has 30 years' experience in various finance roles including the role of treasurer in two county councils and chief finance officer in a fire authority. He is a former President of the Association of Local Authority Treasurer Societies (ALATs), the Society of County Treasurers (SCT), and was President of the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers Society (PACCTS). Sean was appointed CIPFA's Director of Local Government and Policing in June 2016.

Speaker - Judith Barnes, Partner, Bevan Brittan

Judith Barnes

Judith is an experienced public sector lawyer and manager who provides strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities and other public sector bodies as well as legal advice and assistance, usually at the highest levels, requiring political awareness and sensitivity. She is a team player and worked in-house for over 15 years before joining the private sector. Her last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions including contracts standards and monitoring, equalities, community safety and emergency planning, democratic services, elections and legal. Before that Judith was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council and prior to that was Assistant Head of Legal and Principal Economic Development Solicitor for Kirklees Council where she was involved in innovative projects including Kirklees Stadium, Kirklees Henry Boot Partnership, Kirklees Community Association and Kirklees Theatre.

Speaker - Vicki Barnard


Vicki has worked for CIPFA since 2012, first as a FAN Advisor and now in consultancy. She provides bespoke support to local authorities in a wide range of areas, such as technical accounting, financial management and budget planning, HRA advisory, business case creation and review, and soft skill development and recruitment. She also delivers training courses and contributes to various CIPFA publications, including authoring the Local Authority Capital Accounting Reference Manual.

Speaker - Aileen Murphy, Director, DCLG and local government value for money at UK National Audit Office

Aileen is responsible for delivering value for money work for the Department for Communities and Local Government. She is also responsible for the NAO's reports on local government in England. Aileen has been with the NAO for over ten years and her expertise is evident from her many published articles as well as her speaking engagements. She has written articles on managing demand, money and quality and commissioning with the voluntary and community sector.

Speaker - Rachael Tiffen, Head of CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre

Rachel Tiffin

Rachael heads up the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, the UK’s first centre of excellence that provides tools, support, training and thought leadership for counter fraud professionals across the public services.