Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

What's going on

Here is an introduction to what is going on in the NW Region.

Due to COVID-19 a number of our events have had to be cancelled, postponed or moved to online only. Please check back for further updates to our regional events program.

CIPFA North West AGM

The North West Region held our very first virtual AGM on 1st May 2020. The papers will be available online shortly. 

The president's address is available for you to read here.

CIPFA North West & CIMA Joint Event - CANCELLED

This event is about giving you the essential soft skills to boost your career. This event seeks to equip you with a range of tools and techniques for the changing roll of the finance professional. Hear from a number of expert speakers on topics such as effective communication, ethics, negotiation and influencing and creating high performance teams.

  • Stephanie Donaldson - Regional President, CIPFA North West & Group Internal Auditor, Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)
  • Dr Mike Drayton - Founder of Opus Performance Ltd.
  • Camilla Mankabady - Communications Director, Liverpool City Council
  • Richard Bisiker - Founder of Personal Summits Ltd.

This is a high value, low cost event that will help you boost your soft skills and gain you valuable CPD hours. Book here.

North West Annual Conference

The North West Annual Conference & Dinner was held on 13 September 2019 in Liverpool

The North West Region had another successful annual conference and dinner at the beautiful Doubletree Hilton in Liverpool. The event saw some excellent speakers you can download the slides here:

Carolyn Williamson - My Career & CIPFA Journey

David Wakefield - Bolton Foundation NHS Trust, A Journey of Rediscovery

Niall Hamilton - CIPFA 2020

Paul McNicholas - Everton Football Club

Ross McIntosh - Navigating the Changing Landscape

Simon Atherton - Finance in a Digital World

The event also welcomed new members to the region with our first ever graduation event where new members were presented with their certificates by CIPFA President Carolyn Williamson and CIPFA Regional President Stephanie Donaldson.

Introducing your new regional president

On Friday 29 March, the role of President of the CIPFA Council in the North West was taken over by Stephanie Donaldson at the region’s AGM.

Read about Stephanie's plans for the region below:

I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be elected as CIPFA NW President and look forward to supporting CIPFA Members in the Northwest and working with other volunteers on the region.

I started volunteering with CIPFA NW Society Council three years ago, having previously been a member of the CIPFA NW Audit, Risk & Governance Group for a number of years before.

I also chair the CIPFA TISonline Editorial Board for Internal Audit and am a member of the CIPFA Internal Audit Special Interest Group (SIG) and CIPFA Ethics Working Group.

I joined the Government Internal Audit Agency as a Group Chief Internal Auditor (Deputy Director) in April 2018. The Centre of Government Group which I lead provides internal audit services to 16 customers across Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and I am designated as the Chief Internal Auditor for HM Treasury and DExEU.

Prior to joining the civil service, I worked in Internal Audit in local government (St Helens Council, Merseytravel  and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) and in the retail sector, having started my career as a retail manager with Argos and, later, IKEA and Vision Express.

I was born, grew up and studied in Scotland, graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1996, just a few days before relocating to the north west, where I have lived ever since – my adopted home.

I studied for my CIPFA qualification whilst working full-time and raising two small children and it was challenging at times, but has been immensely rewarding.

I very much believe that you get out of CIPFA what you put in.

We are, all of us, volunteers who just want to give something back to the Institute, to our professions… and who want to make a difference. At a recent CIPFA event which brought together all the CIPFA Regions we were asked to identify individual targets for our region. Ours in the north west was 'better employer engagement'. So as I take over the helm of the CIPFA NW region from previous president Mike Thomas, I also continue with this pledge.

I know how difficult it is, when workloads are heavy and budgets are tight, to support or attend professional development events or find the time to volunteer.

But if we can engage better with employers on the region we can, in turn, provide better support, a stronger professional network, perhaps targeted or more relevant training and CPD events in the right parts of the region, to better suit our members and colleagues across the north west. Engagement works both ways – talk to us, tell us what support you need, what your challenges are, what topics you want to see at events and in what format.

Secondly, I hope to do more to support our CIPFA students on the region; they are the finance professionals of the future!

As a region, let’s help them get the best start, the best development, the most rounded experience to support them in their future careers; let's help them get over the line to full membership and then celebrate that success!

I look forward to supporting and working with you to take the region forward; please do get in touch with me directly, or any of our volunteers, if you have any thoughts or ideas or you would like to look into volunteering with us!

Thank you.

Stephanie Donaldson, North West CIPFA President