Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

CIPFA Scotland 2021 Spring Webinar


Event summary

Now that Scotland’s route map has been set to navigate its way out of the pandemic, CIPFA proposes to support the country's public service leaders with a spring virtual gathering to begin to plot the economic and public service recovery. In the spirit of continued safety and sustainability. This short ‘conference at your desk’ which will be free to all institute members and students.

The economy, good financial management and essential people issues such as ethics will all be key elements for reflection but also essential to the recovery.


10 May 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 13:00

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About this event

The webinars will benefit finance professionals working within Scotland's public sector. This is an opportunity to combine work, whether at home or as one of the few who may have returned to office accommodation, with an essential professional update and CPD hours.


  • 10.00-10.15: Welcome and introduction by Donella Steel, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland
  • 10.15-10.45: An Economic Outlook by Jeff Matsu, Chief Economist, CIPFA
    After a brief review of the past 12 months, an early insight into what the public service future landscape may look like
  • 10.45-11.15: Good Financial Management in a Pandemic: Early Lessons Learned by Andy Burns, Associate Director, Local Government CIPFA
    An assessment of what good financial management looked like during the pandemic and early lessons learned.
  • 11.15-11.30: Refreshment Break
  • 11.30-12.00: The People Impact by Stephanie Donaldson, Executive Director Resources, National Museums, Liverpool
    A personal reflection on the impact on the public finance professional and the learning points for employers and employees.
  • 12.00-12.30: The Ethical Finance Professional by Rick Tazzini, FCPFA, MBA
    Ethical pressures from the past 12 months and a reminder of what the ethical finance professional looks like and what support is available.
  • 13.00: Concluding Remarks from Donella Steel, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland


  • Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Local government

Speaker - Jeffrey Matsu, CIPFA Chief Economist

Jeffrey Matsu

Jeffrey Matsu is Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). With extensive experience in connecting policy with practice through evidence-based research, he works with partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. Previously, Jeff was responsible for market analysis and thought leadership at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and co-led the economy theme at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). He was also a senior economist at Morgan Stanley and served on the research staff at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University.

Speaker - Andrew Burns, Associate Director, CIPFA

Andrew is Associate Director at CIPFA, where his key role is to further develop strong links between CIPFA and local government treasurers' societies and the sector more generally. He is also a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) which is the leading national organisation promoting and supporting excellence in governance and scrutiny across public services.

He has an MBA from Aston Business School and is also a former President of the Society of County Treasurers.

Until December 2018, Andrew was Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council (SCC) with strategic responsibility for Finance, IT, Digital, Property, Commercial and Customer Services and was Treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund. Andrew led the financial transformation programme that delivered £200m savings and significant service improvement in Staffordshire.

Speaker - Stephanie Donaldson, Executive Director of Business Resources at National Museums Liverpool (NML)

Steph Donaldson

Stephanie is the Executive Director of Business Resources at National Museums Liverpool (NML), an exempt charity and arms length body of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). NML runs eight museums and art galleries across Merseyside as well as NML trading, a commercial retail, events and conference business, for which Stephanie is also a director. Her responsibilities include finance and procurement, risk and governance, HR, estates and information systems.

She joined NML during lockdown in May 2020 from the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA). Stephanie was both a Deputy Director of GIAA and Head of Internal Audit for the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and National Savings and Investments (NS&I), and led a team of internal auditors who delivered internal audit services to sixteen customers across the centre of government. Prior to joining the civil service, Stephanie was the Head of Internal Audit at Merseytravel (Passenger Transport Executive) and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

She is a CIPFA Member and has recently finished her term as CIPFA North West Region President between March 2019 – March 2021. She is partially deaf and a member of the CIPFA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Stephanie also has a degree in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.