CIPFA North East Annual Dinner

2018 Annual Dinner

On Friday 27 April, 90 CIPFA members and guests gathered expectantly at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, just behind the Central Station. It was a combination of welcoming both returning friends and new faces, with (once again) a strong turnout from our student membership.

A personal message from Regional President Judith Savage, focussed on the important of Mental Health awareness as we all strive to juggle fulfilling personal and professional lives. For the evening we were all encouraged to set aside our smart-phones and engage with fellow professionals in conversation - a clarion call for today’s society and one all attendees took to their hearts on the evening.

On behalf of the NE Executive, Judith thanked Bruce Parvin on the landmark of organising his 20th CIPFA Dinner – starting back in the previous Millennium in 1999. One of the highlights of the evening saw the presentation of the David Clark award to James Charlton (Newcastle CC) who had successfully combined his studies and employment while wider student representation and acting Secretary for the Region – a very worthy winner !

We also welcomed Sarah Howard back to the Region, in her role as CIPFA Vice President. In a sneak preview of her forthcoming year in office as National President, Sarah emphasised the importance of listening and emphasised how CIPFA must strive to engage with its members.

The progress in developing support to Students was highlighted, with strong student representation on the Executive Committee, and at the Dinner.

A charity raffle raised over £500, to be divided between Meadow Well Connected, a community hub in the heart of Riverside & Chirton wards of North Tynesie and Children North East East, the region’s oldest independent children’s charity, founded on the banks of the Tyne in 1891.

CIPFA North East would like to express its gratitude to Mazars and Engie for both their generous sponsorship of the evening and for their support of the event.

Photos from our Annual Dinner are now on our Photobucket