Welcome to CIPFA Northern Ireland

UK map The Northern Ireland economy is dominated by its public sector whether services are provided by central government departments; their various arms-length bodies; or by our local councils. Most people in Northern Ireland either work in or with public bodies. This emphasises the need for public spending to provide value for money and comply with spending regulations and within public expectations. CIPFA in Northern Ireland continues to be an important part of the public sector infrastructure whether it is training specialist accountants; advising and helping to shape policy; or providing support services such as training, development and advisory services. Many of our members are chief executives; senior civil servants; directors of finance and board members in Northern Ireland’s public services.

If CIPFA can help develop you professionally or help your organisation to improve its financial management, governance or performance, please contact one of the members of the Northern Ireland Branch Committee. We will be pleased to link you to one of CIPFA’s professional team. We run a number of professional development events each year and our annual conference is a major events for all those concerned with improving the lives of our citizens by providing better public services. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events during the course of the year.

Steve Mungavin, Chair, CIPFA Northern Ireland Branch

Who's who in your region

CIPFA has a local branch committee in Northern Ireland. 
Email: REGNIR.President@cipfa.org

Chair of CIPFA Northern Ireland branch

Steve Mungavin


Steve Mungavin
E-mail: steve.mungavin@gmail.com


What's going on in your region

Regional events

Public Finance Live Northern Ireland 2024

CIPFA Northern Ireland’s annual conference, Public Finance Live will be back for 2024, more details to follow soon.

Past events

The Public Finance Live NI conference took place in the Hilton Hotel Belfast in late October 2023 and was attended by over 100 people. Once again, the conference was expertly chaired by local journalist and broadcaster William Crawley and, there were a number of exhibiting sponsors, namely MCS Group, CCLA, RSPB and the NI Audit Office.

View from the back of a meeting room, people sitting around tables looking at a screen and presenter
Sir Mark Lowcock, CIPFA Junior Vice-President, set the global scene for delegates as he talked about the main global forces at work today – geopolitics, global economics, technology and climate change... Read full article.

Ingredients of strong public sector leadership

CIPFA Northern Ireland Branch finished off 2023 in style with a CPD event about the ingredients of strong leadership at which people development expert Patrick Gallen spoke. Over 90 people (mainly on the virtual platform) from across the public finance community attended the hybrid event on 8th December hosted by the Department for the Economy in their Belfast HQ.

Photo of Patrick Gallen

Patrick is currently Grant Thornton’s Partner leading its People and Change Consulting Practice, although he is retiring to set up his own leadership and people development practice in 2024.

The key messages in Patrick’s excellent presentation covered:

The need for leaders to understand people’s reactions to change

  • Building organisational trust using the mnemonic COST:
    • Clear expectations
    • Output over hours
    • Staying engaged
    • Transparency
  • Putting PEOPLE at the heart of leadership by creating the right culture, collaborating, and adapting to what people need.

Patrick Gallen, centre, with CIPFA NI Branch Committee members David Blair, Tony Ewing, Jonathan Adams, Sharon Hetherington and Steve MungavinQuoting Sir David Sterling, former Head of the NI Civil Service, Patrick concluded his talk by saying: ‘at our simplest, our job as leaders is to make it as easy as possible for those who work with us to do their jobs.

Meetings and minutes

Northern Ireland branch meeting agendas and minutes can be seen in our Meetings and minutes page.

Wellbeing support

A reminder for anyone who may need support. CIPFA's Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available to you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there's no need to register.

Northern Ireland consultations

Read CIPFA's latest consultation responses and submissions.


Northern Ireland region updates.

Managing your membership

    update your contact details and access benefits
  • Membership fees
    current fees and how to pay
  • FAQs
    a list of popular questions to help guide you

Regional forum

A forum for CIPFA members and students in the regions to share ideas, documentation and discuss future plans.

The forum is restricted to CIPFA region members and uses the same login details as the CIPFA website. You will be asked to login if you are not already logged in to the website.

We have produced a guideline document on how to use the forum and some best practice hints and tips to help you get started.

Volunteering in your region

You could help your region to support members and students, in a variety of ways as a regional volunteer. We need the help of willing volunteers and have a broad range of opportunities for any member or student who is interested in getting involved.