Programme

CIPFA Public Finance Live Scotland 2020

Scotland 2020

19–20 March Radisson Blu, Glasgow

Thursday 19 March – Day One: Public Finance Live Scotland 2020

09.30 – 09.50

Welcome to the 2020 Conference from:

09.50 – 10.30

Keynote Address

Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Migration

10.30 – 11.00

The Science of FLOW

Alice Beveridge, Psychologist, Teacher, Director and Keeper of Chickens, Tree of Knowledge

We will explore the science of FLOW and how we deal with challenges and changes as individuals.

In doing so, we begin to look at the importance of removing stress, apathy and boredom in the workplace.

11.00 – 11.30
Refreshments and exhibition
11.30 – 12.00

Transformation is Dead!
Simon Parker, Corporate Director of Strategy, London Borough of Redbridge

An imaginative look at how modern local authority services should be planned and delivered.

12.00 – 12.30

Integration: Making it a Success

Paul McKevitt, Director - Resources and Contracts (Deputy Chief Executive), Wigan Council

Integration can be successful as this story exemplifies. Strong leadership and good management are the key as described by the council who made it happen.

  Workshops

12.35 – 13.15

Student programme

The Climate Emergency

Baillie Gifford will provide a roundtable discussion on the climate emergency.

What does this mean and how should councils and pension funds respond?

Sponsored by: Baillie Gifford

Public Finance Masterclass

An essential short guide to the current financial reporting and accounting issues impacting on the public sector, including the ongoing debate about the clarity and suitability of public sector financial statements, and the practical challenges of implementing the new leases accounting standard.

David Ellis, CIPFA

Dementia Friends Workshop

Learn a little bit about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. 

Through this workshop, five key dementia messages are brought to life with interactive activities and at the end of the session you will become a registered Scottish Dementia Friend. 

Anne Mcwhinnie, Alzheimers Scotland

Preparing for the FM Code

A world of increased risk, reducing certainty and a fluid political environment. With the launch of the Financial Management Code (FM Code) this workshop will cover why the code was needed and will reflect on why lessons needed to be learnt from the past to strengthen the sector for the future? This workshop will give you an opportunity to listen to those involved in its development to gain some insight into how you might want to prepare.

Joanne Pitt, CIPFA

 

How do you put a Giraffe in a Fridge?

An interesting question designed to allow us to begin to explore how often we over complicate problems, discuss the importance of creativity and identify why imaginative learning is important.

Alice Beveridge, Tree of Knowledge


13.15 – 14.00

Lunch and exhibition

14.00 – 14.30

Glasgow – Scotland's Smart City
Susan Aitken, Leader Glasgow City Council

An insight into the modernisation of Scotland's largest city's streets using investment and modern technology.

14.30 – 15.15

Student programme

CIPFA Futures 

From automation and robotics, to tackling the climate crisis and protecting future generations, the role of a public finance professional is ever evolving. Join us to discuss where the profession is heading, what the key skills are needed for a 21st century accountant, and find out how CIPFA is developing the professional qualification to be fit for the future.

Presented by Niall Hamilton, CIPFA

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The pace of change in technology is growing. Innovations such as AI, machine learning, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the 'internet of things' are now moving from being ideas to delivering growing numbers of practical real-world uses. Learn about the outcomes and savings being delivered already across the public sector, and benefit from an intriguing glimpse into the (not so) distant future.

Sponsored Workshop Session by: Oracle

Resilient Communities

Matt will be exploring risks identified on a global scale within the global risk report and understanding how these impact at local level and the risks associated to organisations in Scotland.

Delivered by: Matt Hardwick, Zurich

Sponsored by: 

Zurich


Intelligent Automation – the Future of Finance

Intelligent automation can change the focus and role of the finance function. Find out more about how the team focus can move from mundane finance activities to creating the value added in your organisation.

Presented by: Ed Mitchell, Head of Intelligent Automation, EY
Marcus Evans, BlackLine

Sponsored by:
EY and BlackLine

Scottish LGPS
employers outlook

This session will look at the upcoming Scottish LGPS valuations as at 31 March and the outlook for employers. We will also cover several national issues impacting public service pensions including the McCloud age discrimination case and cost management processes.

Sponsored by:
Hymans Robertson

15.15 – 15.45
Refreshments and exhibition

15.45 – 16.15

The Financial and Economic Impact of Care

Session details to be confirmed.

16.15 – 17.00
 
Right from the Start – Investing Scotland’s Funds Properly
Alan Sinclair, Author

How misdirected health and education spend has impacted upon children and young people and how investment in the first 1,000 days of a young person’s life can have a lifelong impact on the individual and on public finances.

17.00

Close of Day One – Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland

19.00 Public Finance Live 2020 Dinner: commences with a drinks reception, followed by dinner and the CIPFA Scotland Public Finance Awards and entertainment. 

Friday 20 March – Day Two: Public Finance Live Scotland 2020

09.00 – 09.15

Welcome to the 2020 CIPFA Conference Day 2 from:

Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland Executive Committee

09.15 – 09.45

Keynote Address 
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland

In her final year as Scotland's only second Auditor General, Caroline reflects on Scotland's public services, past, present (and future!).

09.45 – 10.15

Public Finance and Social Media – An Unlikely Partnership? 
Rob Coyne, General Manager, Hootsuite

What is the role for public finance in social media? The role is bigger than you think and there is a role for you. One of the world's leading experts on corporate social media explains all.

10.15 – 11.00

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The pace of change in technology is growing. Innovations such as AI, machine learning, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the 'internet of things' are now moving from being ideas to delivering growing numbers of practical real-world uses. Learn about the outcomes and savings being delivered already across the public sector, and benefit from an intriguing glimpse into the (not so) distant future.

Sponsored Workshop Session by: Oracle


Resilient Communities

Matt will be exploring risks identified on a global scale within the global risk report and understanding how these impact at local level and the risks associated to organisations in Scotland.

Delivered by: Matt Hardwick, Zurich

Sponsored by: Zurich

Scotland's new financial powers and what it means for public finances

The Scottish Parliament's new financial and social security powers arising from the 2012 and 2016 Scotland Acts are fundamentally changing Scottish public finances. Alongside continuing taxation powers, the 2018/19 Scottish budget included demand-led social security assistance for the first time. All this brings greater uncertainty and volatility for public finances compared to when most funding came through the block grant from the UK Government. The way the Scottish economy performs relative to the rest of the UK now has a greater influence on public finances, and both UK and Scottish policy choices can impact the Scottish Government's spending envelope. This session will explore how the new financial powers are operating through the fiscal framework, considering the risks and opportunities it brings and what it means for public sector budgets.

Delivered by: Richard Robinson, Audit Scotland

Preparing for the FM Code

A world of increased risk, reducing certainty and a fluid political environment. With the launch of the Financial Management Code (FM Code) this workshop will cover why the code was needed and will reflect on why lessons needed to be learnt from the past to strengthen the sector for the future? This workshop will give you an opportunity to listen to those involved in its development to gain some insight into how you might want to prepare.

Joanne Pitt, CIPFA


11.00 – 11.30

Refreshments and exhibition

11.30 – 12.00

Scrutinising You
Anas Sarwar, MSP, The Public Audit and Post Legislative Committee

Arguably the Scottish Parliament's most influential committee, we hear about its key scrutiny role.

12.00 – 12.30

Towards Net Zero by 2045 – A Shared Endeavour
Archie Stoddart, Head of Climate Change Unit, Transport Scotland

The Scottish Parliament has approved legislation committing to a ‘net zero’ Scotland by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK. This closing session will provide a lively discussion on the efforts being made to tackle the climate crisis.

12.30 – 12.45

Close of 2020 Conference – Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland

Lunch and exhibition


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