Trafford Community Leisure Trust win prestigious public finance award


A national award recognising excellence in UK public finance has been won by Rob Lilley, of the Trafford Community Leisure Trust. The Sir Harry Page Merit Award is presented annually, by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), for outstanding technical innovation.

Mr Lilley, Head of Business Development for Trafford Community Leisure Trust, won the Award for his work on Social Return on Investment.

His report was commissioned by the Trust to help with the evaluation and measurement of the economic and social benefits generated for the people of Trafford through the work of the Leisure Trust. The judges were greatly impressed by the importance of the subject and the results it has shown.

Announcing the award, CIPFA’s President, Mike Owen, said:

"I am delighted to present this year’s Sir Harry Page Merit Award to Rob Lilley, in recognition of the valuable work undertaken for Trafford Community Leisure Trust.

"I hope the award will encourage all who use public funds to redouble their efforts to account clearly to the taxpayer about how they create real value.

"It is important they take inspiration from the likes of Mr Lilley and his colleagues in Trafford on how they can communicate this important information to communities and the taxpayer."


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Notes to editors

The Sir Harry Page Award is awarded annually at the CIPFA Annual Conference for an outstanding piece of work in the field of public service accounting and financial management (awarded to an individual or group). The award was first established by Sir Harry Page, CIPFA President in 1968 and first presented in 1969. 


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