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The Alternative Service Delivery Network (ASDN) offers guidance and support to public sector organisations implementing new ways of delivering services and identifying new income generation opportunities.

With continuing budgetary restraints, demographic change and service expectations, public services are increasingly being delivered through new and innovative vehicles.

Innovative service delivery can include trading companies, joint commissioning partnerships, shared services, leisure trusts and joint ventures. All these challenge how practitioners carry out their day-to-day tasks.

Public sector practitioners need to develop new skills that allow them to generate innovative thinking and identify and implement better and more efficient ways of working compared to traditional models.


ASDN offers the latest innovative thinking and ongoing support through:

  • a wide selection of original workshops and seminars with pre-purchased places, as well as training courses
  • technical support and guidance on alternative service delivery arrangements from expert advisors and commercial managers
  • timely updates on new ways of working and information on how these will affect your job role, service delivery and your wider authority
  • sharing of knowledge and best practice with peers where alternative service delivery arrangements can be explored
  • exclusive website access – a wealth of published information including regular briefings, monthly newsletters and updates, as well as current and past event presentation materials
  • 15% discount on all other open training events (ie those not assigned to this network)
  • opportunities for networking, career development and CPD

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Mark joined CIPFA as an advisor/trainer in January 2022. The three parts to his role are: to deliver CIPFA advisory engagements including in relation to financial management, commercial skills and property/infrastructure for our clients; to support CIPFA’s policy and technical team in developing insights including on commercial and financing models, net zero and levelling up; and to deliver training including HMT’s better business case (decision-making) course.

Mark’s background is as a public services auditor, advisor and consultant. He set up and led the Government finance and accounting team for one of the Big4, and in parallel was the sponsoring partner for their public services learning programme. Then led on property/infrastructure for a consultancy. Mark is an accountant, but over the years has developed commercial, projects and property/infrastructure experience.

Mark has been involved in many energy efficiency / micro generation programmes and projects, for example he was the funding and finance advisor on the Mayor of London Retrofit Accelerator (formerly RE: FIT) programmes for almost a decade. As part of this work he has reviewed net zero strategies and property decarbonization / retrofit strategies for a number of authorities. Mark leads CIPFA regular Green Finance training events.


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