Our awards recognise excellence in public finance and accountancy

CIPFA rewards practitioners at every level, from those starting out in their career to those innovating and leading the profession. We acknowledge the personal contributions of our volunteers, who help to support members and students wherever they reside. We also run a series of awards across a variety of industries, which recognise and reward outstanding work and performance.

Public Finance Awards

The annual Public Finance Awards recognise excellence and originality across the public finance and governance sectors.

Entries are encouraged from all parts of the UK public sector including local government, central government and health and categories focus on everything from treasury and asset management to community engagement. The awards also celebrate outstanding individuals as well as team success.

Judging is carried out by a panel of distinguished sector leaders and commentators. Winners are announced at a special evening ceremony and can look forward to coverage in Public Finance.

More details are available on the Public Finance Awards website.

Tom Sowerby 

The Tom Sowerby Award is presented for outstanding service to CIPFA students. It was established by Tom Sowerby, president of CIPFA from 1973 to 1974.  

Nominations are for anyone who has given service to CIPFA students. In practice, this means that candidates are usually CIPFA members, but you don’t have to be a CIPFA member to receive the award. The winner has traditionally been invited as a guest to the CIPFA Annual Student Conference and been presented by the CIPFA President.

The most recent winner was Marilyn Clarke, PA to the Executive Support Team at CIPFA.

Hedley Marshall Memorial Award

The award is given for an outstanding contribution to regional activities. It is named after Dr Hedley Marshall CBE, President of the Institute in 1953.

It is awarded to an individual nominated by their peers. Each region can only nominate one person each year.

The judges look for ‘consistency and intensity of a nominee’s contribution over a significant period of time’. The criteria to be met includes: consistency, intensity, impact, innovation and context.  It is presented at the Regions Autumn Forum.

The winner in 2018 was Bruce Parvin. Bruce has been a loyal and committed volunteer in the North West region for over 30 years. He organises the Annual Dinner each year, typically attracting over 100 attendees.  He is an inspiration for others on the local committee and encourages more members to get involved and to volunteer.

Contact your local region if you want to nominate a member for the Hedley Marshall Award.