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.

Government Counter Fraud Awards

The Government Counter Fraud Awards celebrate the exceptional work being done to protect public funds in the UK. There are eight Award categories designed to showcase a broad range of counter fraud and anti-corruption cases, initiatives and projects.

Launched in 2016, the Awards are hosted by the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, the National Crime Agency (NCA), Cabinet Office and City of London Police and build on the success and prestige of the Fighting Fraud Awards.

Visit the website to find out more.

Tom Sowerby Award

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

We welcome nominations from and 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. 

Nominations need to be made on the official nomination form, and should clearly indicate how the nominee has met or meets the criteria of the award.

Nomination forms are collated and assessed by a judging panel, who choose the winner from the range of nominations. Results are solely based on the content of a full and detailed nomination form.

The Tom Sowerby Award is a high honour. The winner is invited as a guest to the CIPFA Annual Student Conference, on 12 July 2017 (part of the CIPFA Annual Conference in Manchester), and will be presented the Award by the CIPFA President.

The Tom Sowerby Award is an excellent way to give your colleagues, mentors, or tutors the recognition they deserve.  

To find out more information and to enter the award please download the nomination form and when completed, email to:

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.