Your June volunteers update



The dust has now settled after the general election. For months we were told that Labour and the Conservatives were neck and neck, it was all too close to call. Instead we find ourselves with a clear result, a Conservative majority.

A new Government always presents new opportunities - and new challenges - to the public services. Devolution is high on the agenda, as well as public sector pensions, and it’s important that during this crucial period we address and all work collaboratively to take on these issues to ensure the future sustainability of the sector.

CIPFA’s Governance Review

We need you to have your say and vote on our governance structure.

As you all know we are undergoing a Governance Review, so I’d now like to quickly run you through the next steps.

The consultation response, which included the final governance review proposals endorsed by Council, was published on 1 June.

All of the proposals aim to strengthen our governance structure in line with the international framework. We believe that the proposals will improve the transparency of how Council operates, will build up capacity and capabilities, give Council the space to guide the organisation’s strategy and define our desired outcomes.

Please take the time to look at this response and vote on the relevant motions electronically or by post - or in person if you’re attending the AGM on 7 July at our Annual Conference. If the vote is successful, we will apply to the Privy Council to make changes to the Bye-Laws, and the new rules should come into force in autumn 2015.

This is a huge opportunity for you all to have your say on the way we govern ourselves, for the good of the institute and our future, so I urge you all to vote and let us know your thoughts.

If you have any questions on the above, then please do get in touch by emailing

Annual Conference

Under the banner ‘Aligning Public Services, forging a sustainable legacy’, this year’s annual conference will provide an unrivalled forum for discussion and debate on the burning issues in public finance and accountancy.

I encourage you all to spread the word and come join us from 8-9 July at the Novotel West London to explore the latest trends in the profession with a top line-up of public sector speakers to enjoy, including NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Lord Smith of the Smith Commission.

As well as stimulating debate, we will look at practical tools and techniques needed to create sustainable public services in 2015 and beyond. 

Our free student conference runs alongside the main conference and gives our students the chance to develop their leadership skills and network with a wide range of public sector financial professionals.

For your chance to network and debate the issues that matter in public services, book now.

Professional headshots

We’re hosting free professional headshot photoshoot sessions at this year’s conference, which can be used on your LinkedIn profile.  

If you or anyone you know of are attending the Annual Conference and are interested in taking part in a photoshoot session then please contact us at


CIPFA are looking for members to spread the word about the Institute to help us increase our network and influence.

We currently have 76 Ambassadors getting involved in both employer engagement and University events throughout 2015. Conversations with target health organisations are taking place with numerous meeting being held over the next few months – all helping to grow the CIPFA student/membership base within the Health sector.

We are attending 41 University events from September, these are UK wide so plenty of scope for all to get involved; whether you are an experienced member, newly qualified or still studying undergraduates, we want to hear from you!

Become an ambassador

If you would like to support CIPFA as an ambassador by sharing your knowledge and expertise then please contact the Business Development team via E: or 0207 543 5757.

New audit qualification

Our new integrated qualification with ICAS has been hailed as a landmark move since its announcement last month. The qualification is intended to meet the needs of both sectors, public and private, and will also reflect the new regime in local public audit following the abolition of the Audit Commission

Professionals gaining this landmark qualification will benefit from dual designation of Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) as well as membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS).

Have a question?

Read our IQA Q and A or contact us on E: if you are interested in moving forward with the qualification. For any press enquiries please contact

We also have a short YouTube video of Anton (CEO of ICAS) and I discussing the launch for you to watch online.


CIPFA thinks that Open Book Contract Management (OBCM) for all major contracts is critical to maximising the value obtained.

In our recent briefing we expressed our desire to hear the views of Government, Parliament, public bodies and most importantly yourselves whether and how this

more radical approach to OBCM should be adopted.

You can download our paper from the CIPFA Thinks webpage and contact our press office E: for more information or to submit a response.

CIPFA Sixth Form Games

The rest of this year’s Sixth Form Management Team Games will take place on 1 and 8 July. And CIPFA Midlands (on its tenth anniversary!) are looking to you for help.

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, since 2006 we have run 40 games for 1,400 students from 87 sixth forms and colleges across the Midlands, which simply would not have been possible without people like you giving up your time.  Thank you!

If you would like to find out more or volunteer, please email E:


Looking internationally, we successfully attended The African Congress of Accountants (ACOA) in May, with a call for a stronger public sector accountancy profession, from training through to financial monitoring and reporting.

While there, CIPFA won the best exhibition stand award at the Congress and was the first official global media partner.

The Congress brought together African and international accountants from the public and private sectors in Mauritius under the banner ‘Rising Africa - partnering for results’.

We ran two sessions at the conference, both attracting large audiences.  Ian Ball, Chairman of CIPFA International spoke on public sector governance and reporting in Africa – a push for accountability, while I spoke about tax and its impact on development in Africa.

Final words

As you know, I’ve always believed our advocates are vital to ensuring the support the institute provides to the public services is relevant and effective. And I look forward to working with you as we deliver our big summer push to raise our policy voice, increase our membership, and increase our influence on the global stage.


Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA