Exceptional CIPFA students receive awards


The CIPFA annual prize winners’ ceremony took place on 19 April. Prizes were awarded to those students who achieved the best performance in the Final Test examinations of CIPFA’s Professional Qualification in 2011.

Prize winners include Anna Lancaster, who won the Arthur Collins Memorial Medal, Sarah Burden who won the Richard Emmott Memorial Medal and the Eric Gilliland Memorial Medal was awarded jointly to Jennie Keeley and Amy Richards.

All bar one of the prize winners attended tuition courses at the CIPFA Education and Training Centre.

Chris Bilsland, CIPFA President, who awarded the prizes, said,

“It is always a pleasure to see our students who have done well receive the recognition that they deserve. It was an honour for me to be here and to present the awards. These students represent the future of the profession and I am certain that they will go on to achieve a great deal in their careers.”


Notes to Editors:

The full winners are:






Arthur Collins Memorial Medal

Best Overall in Case Study and SBM

Anna Lancaster

London Borough of Wandsworth

First Place and Richard Emmott Memorial Prize

Best Performance in Case Study

Sarah Burden


Second Place and Prize for the Case Study

2nd Best Performance in Case Study

Anna Lancaster

London Borough of Wandsworth

Third Place and Prize for the Case Study

3rd Best Performance in Case Study

Matthew Hopson

London Borough of Greenwich

Alison Chubbock

Breckland District Council

Eric Gilliland* Memorial Prize 

Best performance in SBM

Amy Richards

Warwickshire County Council

Jennie Keeley

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Second Place and Prize in SBM

2nd Best Performance in SBM

Isabel Jones

City of York Council (now at Veritau Company Ltd)

Third Place and Prize in SBM

3rd Best Performance in SBM

Daniel Bird

Audit Commission

Matthew Cooling

Mazars LLP

Nick Hogben

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Health

Terence Rickeard

Audit Commission

Audit Commission Prize

Best Performance in Case Study and SBM

Daniel Bird

Audit Commission

Health Service Prize

Best  NHS Performance in Case Study & SBM

Nick Hogben

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Health


(SBM stands for Strategic Business Management)

Prizes are awarded to students who have completed the Final Test of Professional Competence and, subject to the completion of the Initial Professional Development Scheme, are now eligible for CIPFA membership.


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.