Welcome to the CIPFA South West region

UK mapWe support members across the South West of England, and have groups in Bristol, Dorset and Plymouth.

Our aim is to support Institute members and students across our region and to provide a link between CIPFA's national and local activities. We provide an exciting range of high impact, low-cost (usually free) events across the region. These events address a variety of current topics that help members and students to develop themselves both professionally and personally.

We hope to develop our activities further in the coming year, and we'll keep you up-to-date with these developments as we roll them out. Given the vast size of our region, we are particularly concentrating on collaborating and working together with likeminded groups and organisations to work with, to help find locally sourced CPD and networking opportunities. If there is anything you think we could do to help you benefit further from your membership of the Institute, then please don't hesitate to let us know.

CIPFA South West – Winners of the Regional Events Programme of the Year 2019

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email E: cipfasw@cipfa.org.

You can find photos of our events on our Facebook page.

Who's who in your region


Christina Earls

Find out who else is on your regional council.

To contact the regional council, please E: cipfasw@cipfa.org.


President's blog

Find out what's been going on in the South West with President Christina Earls' blog.

Vice President's blog

Find out what's been going on in the South West with President Amanda Card's blog.

What's going on in your region

Regional events

We provide an exciting range of high-impact, low-cost (usually free) events across the region that help members and students to develop themselves both professionally and personally. We're keen to organise more events across the region, so to get involved, please contact E: cipfasw@cipfa.org.

CIPFA South West Commercialisation Ethics and Contracts

An interactive free event on 5 February 2020 in the BDO offices at Bridgewater House, Bristol, aimed at those leading finance, procurement and commercial activities in local government.

Find out more and book your place here.

CIPFA South West Conference and AGM 2020

6 March 2020, Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton

All CIPFA members, associates and students are welcome, as are other finance professionals working in the public sector within the South West, particularly members and students of AAT. We also welcome our friends working in audit, assurance, procurement and commercial activities.

Book your place here

CIPFA South West Inaugural Dorset/Jurassic Hub Event, November 2018

CSW was delighted at the attendance and quality of sessions at the first meeting of a new hub for our region, with thanks to our hosts, the Dorset Partnerships based at West Dorset District Council Offices in Dorchester.

We had the fantastic support of Carolyn Williamson, the Vice President of CIPFA, and Deputy Chief Executive at Hampshire County Council, who gave us an update on CIPFA activities and described the journey she had taken at Hampshire in developing and implementing the Public to Public shared services model for corporate services. We had an excellent and broad range of subjects from the Dorset Partnerships Journey from Jason Vaughan and Julie Strange, Health, from Loretta Outhwaite, Audit, from Geri Daly at Grant Thornton, Investment Insights from Roy Nolan at RP Mellon and our own President Christina Earls on Ethics.


CIPFA South West win “Regional Events Programme of the Year, 2018”. Christina Earls, President, and Steve Johnson, CSW Regional council member, accepted the award for Regional Events Programme of the Year at the Regional forum in Birmingham, November, 2018.

CIPFA South West have now created a separate Dorset/Jurassic Coast hub for our members in the Dorset area. See details of the inauagural event on 9 November, 2018.

CIPFA South West has agreed a discount on the course fees for obtaining the accredited CIPFA’s Finance Business Partnering Level 7 Certificate. That brings the cost down to £1,750, and ensures the course is run locally to the South West, reducing travel time and costs as well! Contact us at E: cipfasw@cipfa.org for more details and your interest, and we will be in touch. Link to details of the course can be found here.

Meetings and minutes

Council agendas and action notes will be posted on our Meetings and minutes page.

CIPFA Student Network

The CIPFA Student Network (formerly National Student Forum (NSF)) is the voice of CIPFA students. It provides a voice for students at all levels of CIPFA governance: Board for the Regions, Members and Students Development Board and CIPFA Council.

Managing your membership

  • MyCIPFA –
    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.