CIPFA Police and Fire Conference - A New Era for Police and Fire


The CIPFA Police and Fire Panel held its annual police conference which now also includes fire and rescue authorities. In a new era for police and fire and rescue services, we considered the latest strategic and financial issues facing the services and assessing their implications. Our conference chair was Nigel Hiller, Chair of CIPFA’s Police and Fire Panel and Director of Finance for South Yorkshire Police, who introduced the aims of the event and summarised the key issues.

Speakers included:

  • Melanie Phillip of the Home Office Emergency Services Collaboration Implementation Team
  • HMI Mike Cunningham, from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
  • Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire and APCC lead for finance and resources
  • Sean Nolan, Director of Local Government and Police for CIPFA
  • Charles Kerr, Director of Finance for Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority and vice-chair of the National
  • Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex (from 1 October)
  • Neil Sellstrom, Pensions and Treasury Management Advisor for CIPFA
  • Alison Dewhirst stood in for Becky Gill, Senior Programme Manager for the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group).


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