CIPFA Technology in Public Finance Conference

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Event summary

The theme of this event is the use of technology to improve public services, with a particular focus on the financial management, governance, fraud, data analytics and cyber security.

Digital transformation is at the forefront of priorities for public sector organisations, and with budgets being squeezed continuously, technology is ever more important for creating efficient organisations, as well as for the maintenance and delivery of public services. Finance professionals will be at the heart of these developments.


11 October 2018
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 16:30


The Foundry
The Foundry
17 Oval Way
Greater London
SE11 5RR
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Standard price

£195.00 excl VAT

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About this event

This conference will examine the relationship between the digital revolution, public money, finance professionals, and ensuring excellence in public services.

There exists currently a ‘pyramid of understanding’ in the public finance profession (which broadly lags behind the private sector in technological innovation) as relates to various types of technology areas. The themes and sessions of the conference will build around these: 

  • ‘Bottom of the pyramid’/broadest expertise and understanding lies in cloud solutions to day-to-day processes. The finance function is now familiar with these, and they are widely implemented. Content will cover SAS and migration to the cloud.
  • Technology relating to procurement processes, ERP systems etc have been widely adopted by public sector organisations. Content to cover supply chain software, changing face of procurement in light of technological, social and economic value.
  • Moving up the pyramid, the need for cyber security has been high profile enough to generate a good degree of understanding in the public sector but the sector lags behind in terms of implementation. Content will be on counter fraud (and error) and cyber security. 
  • More emerging technologies, such as AI and machine learning are not broadly understood, their use having been theorised but practical applications are limited to date in public services. Content will look particularly at how blockchain and distributed ledger will support secure transactions in welfare and other situations. 

Who should attend?

Target audience CFOs and chief accountants, related finance and ICT team members.

How will I benefit?

Attendees will gain the following benefits:

  • Following on from CIPFA’s Annual Conference, we will take a deeper dive into specific applications of technology and their impact on the role of the public sector finance professional.
  • Hear from experts and peers on how technology is shaping public sector organisations, in particular the implications of various technologies on financial management, governance, fraud, data analytics and cyber security.
  • Network with peers and share best practice, opportunities and barriers of technology in public finance.

Main sponsors and exhibitors

  Oxygen Finance Elcom   

Exhibitor only:  KnowledgeBus


  • Financial management
  • / IT
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy

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Speaker - Max Tse

Max Tse

Max leads the NAO’s value for money programme on digital transformation across government. He has experience of reviewing major government transformation programmes such as Universal Credit, cross-government initiatives such as GOV.UK Verify, and digital skills gaps. Before joining the NAO, Max worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and has worked in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors including logistics, regulatory strategy, retail, climate finance, and health.

Speaker - Salena Worrall

Selena Worrall

Salena Worrall is the Cofounder and CMO of Zonafide, a Digital Wallet for Securing Activities from fraud and cybercrime built on blockchain technology. She built the first use case of Zonafide with UK local governments and organisations including Atos. It is one of the first business use cases of blockchain technology and provides an opportunity to directly integrate public and private sector processes empowering the public to be the conduit between both.

She previously had a 15-year career in teaching. During that time she also designed and marketed, Stereolife, a semantic search engine for careers and worked on this with the BBC, Barclays and the DfE.

Speaker - Jos Creese

Jos Creese

With over 30 years' IT leadership experience, Jos has held a variety of CIO roles and non-executive director positions. He is a recognised independent analyst and researcher, including Associate Director and past President of Socitm, Strategic Advisor for Advice Cloud, Principal Analyst for Eduserv, and past President of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. He sits on the Open University Industrial Board and is on the Risk and Audit Committee for the Department of International Trade.

For over a decade Jos was CIO and latterly CDO for Hampshire County Council, leading a range of ground-breaking shared services and achieving national recognition with a range of awards for IT innovation. He set up and chaired the Local Public Service CIO Council and has worked with central government on a range of strategic programmes such as open data, ID cards and supplier negotiation. His experience includes large-scale mergers, national and international IT programmes and the start-up and subsequent sale of a tech business.

Now operating as an independent consultant, Jos provides expert advice to public and private sectors on digital and IT strategies. He writes and presents extensively on digital transformation and supports senior executives as a coach and mentor. He has worked with over 150 clients, typically at board level on digital assignments and constructive challenge.

Recent research projects have included some of the most challenge aspects of modern public service digital delivery, in areas such as health and social care integration, information management, cyber security, cloud, smart cities, and digital leadership for HR, Finance and CEOs.

Jos was named as the ‘most influential and innovative CIO’ in the UK in the ‘Silicon 50’ CIO survey in 2017 and has been included in the ‘Top 100 CIO’ list from its inception until becoming an independent consultant in 2015.

Speaker - Paul Maltby

Paul Maltby

Paul is the Chief Digital Officer at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) where he is focussed on improving the Department’s digital services, working with local government to develop their digital capacity, and improving access to data to support innovation in the housing, land and planning sectors. He previously led the government’s data agenda as Director of Data in the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, with responsibility for open data, data science in government, data infrastructure and data legislation. He has a background in public service innovation and reform in government with spells in Leicestershire County Council, the Home Office and the prime minister’s Strategy Unit.

Speaker - Lisa Commane

Lisa Commane

Lisa has a diverse skill-set and a commercial mind-set, gained from seven years of private sector experience at KPMG and Deloitte, working alongside the public sector, and 11 years of senior experience in a range of roles at Coventry City Council, including Director of Customer Services and Transformation.

Since 2017 Lisa has been at Ofwat as Chief Operating Officer and leading the Business Improvement Programme. In this role Lisa is contributing to Ofwat creating trust and confidence in water – making a positive difference to water customers through developing best in class support services. Lisa leads corporate and multidisciplinary teams and operates as a senior corporate leader – making a difference in public service delivery through organisational change, digital transformation and innovation.

In her career to date, Lisa has been pivotal to the development and delivery of a series of complex infrastructure projects and programmes working alongside partners, delivering savings, commercial income, service/culture change and new ways of working. Lisa is a CIPFA accountant and has volunteered as a CIPFA in the Midlands Regional Council member for 14 years and is Past President. She has recently been appointed to CIPFA National Council and is a non-executive Director of SOLACE in Business. She has a particular passion for attracting and nurturing new talent in the sector.

As a person she thrives on translating corporate vision and strategy into practical reality; is values driven – a public sector ethos, but commercial with a conscience; is not a traditional accountant – builds relationships and collaborates to understand business challenges and find ways to enable financially sustainable service change; and is direct, warm, candid, energetic and tenacious.

Lisa loves spending time with family and friends, films, travelling, dining out and relaxing in her garden with a good book.