Record holding cyclist to inspire public sector reform


Guinness World Record breaking cyclist, Mark Beaumont, is aiming to inspire public officials to take a fresh approach to leading public sector reform in Northern Ireland.

The BBC documentary maker, best-selling author and endurance athlete is to address Northern Ireland’s public finance community at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) annual conference on 29 September in the Europa Hotel, Belfast. In 2008 Mark broke the Guinness Record for cycling around the world after covering 18,927 miles through 20 countries in just 194 days and 17 hours. Commenting on his presentation, Mark said:

“Hard work and endurance are as necessary in the delivery of public services today as they are in breaking a Guinness World Record. I hope my contribution to this conference will inspire public sector leaders to be even more vivacious, industrious and innovative, especially in these difficult economic times.

The conference will be formally opened by Sammy Wilson, MP MLA and Minister for Finance and Personnel in the Northern Ireland Assembly.  Lord Reid of Cardowan, Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, will reflect on recent political and economic developments and will share his views on ways of improving public services.  Conference delegates will also examine local issues in the effective delivery of public services including policy and practice developments such as welfare reform and progress made by the new Department of Justice and financial management imperatives including procurement challenges, achieving value for money and helping finance prepare for the future.

Head of CIPFA Northern Ireland, Steve Mungavin said:

“2011 is an exceptional year for Northern Ireland's public services. with a newly elected Assembly, new ministers in the Executive and a new Programme for Government. This presents Northern Ireland's public services with an opportunity to build upon past success, re-prioritise spending and improve public services for all its citizens.  This conference brings together the Northern Ireland public finance community to help seize this crucial opportunity.” 


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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.