CIPFA education and training centre tutor wins award for outstanding service to education


The Tom Sowerby award, recognising outstanding service to student education at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), has been won by Bob Smith for his work spanning a 25 year career at CIPFA Education and Training Centre.  The award was presented to Mr Smith by Chris Bilsland, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) newly appointed president, during CIPFA’s National Student Conference 2011.

Bob is one of CIPFA Education and Training Centre’s longest serving tutors and examination moderators who during his career has been dedicated to serving the needs of students as they study for the professional CIPFA qualification.  The CIPFA Members and Students Development Board commended Bob’s enthusiasm, creativity and energy in the classroom.

Speaking at the CIPFA National Student Conference, CIPFA President, Chris Bilsland said:

‘Bob’s commitment to students is only matched by his commitment to his job at CETC.  By sharing his knowledge, support and experience with other tutors, Bob has ensured all students have that same learning experience with the best possible outcome.’

On receiving his award, Bob Smith said:

‘I was in a classroom when I received the news and surprised, honoured, humbled and delighted were my immediate reactions! I must also pay tribute to the support I’ve received from many of my colleagues and students over my years at CIPFA.’

The Tom Sowerby Award is given every year by CIPFA for outstanding service to CIPFA students.  Last year’s winner was Graham Ball, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Business School.


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Notes to Editors:

1. 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.

2. The CIPFA 2011 Annual Conference is taking place at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham from 5 – 7 July. Guest speakers include the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, leading political journalists Daisy McAndrew and Simon Hoggart, and the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP - chair of Parliament’s influential Public Accounts Committee. The event is open to all members of the media. For more information please visit:

3. About CIPFA

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.