CIPFA Financial Excellence in Policing CFO Retreat

Achieving Finance excellence in Policing CFO Retreat event

Event summary

The retreat will provide the space and the conducive climate needed to tackle financial sustainability issues, discuss how to overcome adversity and how to prepare for the technical and central challenges ahead – all key topics that CFOs and heads of finance are facing in today’s police forces and PCCs.

The event delivers exclusivity and a non-competitive opportunity to meet, collaborate and network with fellow CFOs and senior financial-sector decision makers.

This event is for police and PCC CFOs and authorised deputies only.


04 Apr 2019 12:00
05 Apr 2019 13:00


Jurys Inn Hinkley Island
Watling Street,
LE10 3JA
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About this event

CIPFA was chosen to develop and deliver the Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing programme on behalf of the Finance and Coordinating Committee of National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). Supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society (PACCTS), the programme has been designed by the police for the police.

CIPFA has a wealth of expertise and specialist knowledge that is reflected in the breadth and depth of our service offer to address the issues facing the police sector today and into the future. Effective financial management has always been built on planning for the long term, but forces need the resilience to deliver savings while providing services to the community.

Our headline speakers will share their ambitions and vision for policing, focusing on why collaboration—providing as it does support across the sector—is a vital tool in the successful delivery of a national networking structure. Uncover ways to improve CFO strategies and gain insight into securing effective roadmaps at force and national level.

Chief finance officers (or their deputies) within police forces and PCCs across England and Wales are invited to join Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, and Dave Thompson, Chair of NPCC Finance Committee, at this exclusive event. If you are unable to attend, you may nominate a senior finance deputy, but please do not forward this invitation to other team members.

How will I benefit?

The CFO retreat supports the opportunity for a national, strategic debate on the challenges facing police finance. CFO delegates will be taken on a journey, during which strategic debate will thrive and real business place scenarios will be demonstrated, to guide them in their future planning.

Topic areas to be covered include:

  • establishing relationships with senior colleagues who are new to police sector financial decision making 
  • launch of the Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing Programme
  • collaboration to provide a national structure of networking and peer support across the sector
  • practical workshops on collaboration and leadership
  • raising the profile of financial management with operationally-focused colleagues
  • gaining the trust of an established ‘top table’.

The retreat will provide the space and the conducive climate needed to tackle financial sustainability issues.


In Association with:

National Police Chief's Council logo        Police and crime Commissioners Treasurers Society logo             Association of Police and Crime Commissioners logo

Sponsored by:                                                                                   Nominated charity:

Oracle logo          CIVICA logo outsourcing services company       The Police Treatment Centres Charity logo


  • Police
  • / Sustainability

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Speaker - Nigel Hiller - Director of Finance

Nigel Hiller

Nigel Hiller joined South Yorkshire Police in December 1995. Since joining South Yorkshire Police and in order to gain an understanding of policing issues, Nigel successfully completed the operational commander’s programme at the police staff college, Bramshill, together with an advanced diploma in management from the University of Manchester.

Nigel is a member of the National Police Chief’s Council of England and Wales. Nigel is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and also a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

In terms of professional commitment outside the force, Nigel is presently a fellow of the Institute Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and chair of its Police Panel.

Speaker - HMI Mike Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham was appointed as Her Majesty’s inspector of constabulary in September 2014. He currently has responsibility for forces in the North of England and national portfolios of work including police leadership and effective local policing. He also has national responsibility for the efficiency pillar within the PEEL assessments.

Speaker - Mark Oxley

Mark Oxley

The Police Treatment Centres is a charity which provides treatment for police officers with physical and psychological injuries and which has the aim of aiding their return to full duties as soon as possible. Mark has worked at The Police Treatment Centres since 2008, originally as head physiotherapist before becoming the charity’s first head of clinical services in 2015. He oversaw the introduction of a dedicated Psychological Wellbeing Programme at the PTCs in 2016 and delivers mindfulness sessions as part of that service.

Speaker - David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA

David Bentley

David is a professionally qualified quantity surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with CIPFA since 1998 and in this time has become known as one of the leading UK experts on property and asset management within the public sector.

Speaker - Drew Cullen

Drew Cullen

Drew Cullen has over 25 years’ experience of working in professional publishing, charities and the not-for-profit sector. He is currently a Director at CIPFA where he leads public affairs and communications strategy to deliver public policy, thought leadership and media profile, developing new impactful communications programmes and key partnerships globally with professional services firms, corporates, governments, NGOs and other international bodies.

Speaker - David Caplan, Head of Analytics and Research, CIPFA

David Caplan

David Caplan is CIPFA’s Head of Analytics and Research. He has over 30 years’ experience of analysis within the public sector working in both central government and the Audit Commission. He also has carried a range of analytical consultancy project for central and local government, national agencies and the third sector. He has a particular interest in local data. David is a chartered statistician and has an MBA specialising in public sector management. E:, T: 020 7543 5855.

Speaker - Brendan McCarron: CIPFA Training Director

Brendan McCaron

Brendan is CIPFA’s Training Director, tasked with designing and delivering a number of major CIPFA programmes. He leads CIPFA’s CFO Leadership Academy in the UK and for the Government of Canada. He is also heavily involved in CIPFA’s finance business partnering work and in change management assignments in the UK and in Europe. He can be contacted on E:, T:07810 547 226.

Speaker - Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman has been CEO since September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the chief executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement and Development Agency. Prior to this he was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and director of resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Speaker - Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams led BBC HR during a turbulent period. She was responsible for employee relations, reward, training, development and redundancies. During her time the corporation underwent phenomenal change adjusting to four new Directors General, the move to BBC North Salford, a 30% reduction in management not to mention the Savile scandal. Lucy’s decisions were exposed to frequent media and political scrutiny. In this special session supporting the challenges ahead for police finance she will draw on that experience at the BBC and set out how to develop resilient leadership, break down silos and manage resistance to change.

Speaker - Martin Hewitt

Martin Hewitt

Chair of NPCC, Martin Hewitt, began his policing career with Kent Police in 1993. He has worked in a number of uniformed and detective posts, and has specialist experience in investigation and intelligence both within the counter terrorist and crime arenas.

Hewitt transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005. Today, he is responsible for Frontline Policing which covers local policing across London, Homicide and Organised Crime, Online CSE and Trident Command. He is also the management board lead for knife crime and the Grenfell Tower Investigation.

Speaker - Dan Worsley

Dan Worsley

Dan Worsley recently joined CIPFA as Chief Operating Officer – a newly created role with responsibility for CIPFA’s advisory and consultancy services, as well as our internal business support services. Dan is working to ensure CIPFA’s customers – both in the UK and globally – receive a first-class service from across our range of education, training and advisory services.

Dan is a CIPFA-qualified accountant, and has over 15 years’ experience providing assurance and financial management services to the public sector, particularly central government. Dan trained at PwC, and after eight years with the firm, left to join the civil service where he worked as both a Deputy Finance Director and a Deputy Change Director.

Prior to joining CIPFA, Dan returned to professional services with a continued focus on central government and international development. He is based at our Mansell Street headquarters.

Speaker - Mike Driver

Mike Driver

Mike is the Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice, and Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury. Mike was previously the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Work and Pensions.

He joined the Department of Health and Social Security in 1979 straight from school, and spent his first six years in the civil service delivering services to customers. He then moved into regional management and thereafter fulfilled a range of policy and finance roles. He is a CIPFA qualified accountant, and has held a variety of FD roles, both corporate and operational. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2012. From 1 April 2016, he was appointed the CFO for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and on 1 June July 2017 also became the Head of the Government Finance Function, HM Treasury, where he is driving the agenda to substantially strengthen the finance function’s critical role at the heart of government, ensuring better political and business outcomes.

In addition to his core roles, he has a range of additional responsibilities. Within the MoJ, he is the Accountant General of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and a Commissioner for the Reduction of the National Debt. Across government, he is a member of the Commercial Function Oversight Board and a non-executive board member of Shared Services Connect Limited. To drive forward the finance profession, he became a member of the CIPFA Council and Chair of the CIPFA Governance & Financial Management Panel.