Thursday 17 October: Public Finance Live – Northern Ireland 2019
Welcome to the 2019 CIPFA Northern Ireland Conference from:
Keynote Address: The Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance
A reflection on her short time in post and key priorities for finance professionals and her department going forward.
Sue Gray – Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance
Decision Making in a Political Vacuum
These are undoubtedly challenging times for the Northern Ireland civil service governing in the absence of the power-sharing executive. This session will outline how this has affected policy decisions, including Brexit preparations and negotiations.
Speaker confirmed shortly
Managing a City Deal – Planning and Collaboration
The Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) cuts across local, NI and UK Governments to deliver an integrated programme of investment that will deliver a step change in inclusive economic growth and productivity that will benefit all communities. In this session we will learn how collaborative working is being managed and how financial decisions are made to coordinate the success of this significant project.
Belfast City Council
Refreshments and Exhibition
AI, Data, Disruption and Opportunities
We all accept that the pace of change is getting quicker. We can see that in our high streets, where 1 in 5 UK retail transactions are now online. This session looks at the potential for big data developments, automation and its impact on service delivery, efficiency and the public finances.
Geoff McGimpsey – Analytics Engines
Effectively presenting information is a key skill for any finance professional.
Future people skills –
What the CFO needs to consider to re-tool the finance function for digital
Implementing the principles of co-production, co-design and co-delivery to put people at the heart of health and wellbeing.
Lunch and Exhibition
Making Prevention an Investment
In the current financial climate, the need to make an economic case for investing in public health prevention is stronger than ever. There is a growing body of evidence which demonstrates that most preventative investments are cost-effective, meaning they generate a better outcome than the next best alternative use of resources.
This session looks at the work of Public Health England and CIPFA in evaluating preventative investments and the vital role the finance professional will play in that.
Scott Mahony – Public Health England
National Treasure – Scottish Government Performance Framework
With the implementation of the Northern Ireland programme for government stalled due to the lack of an assembly, this session looks at how Scotland have taken forward it’s National Performance Framework (NPF).
The Scottish NPF has been hailed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as the most developed outcomes-based approach by any government in the world.
‘It’s the system, stupid’
A look at examples of how government performance systems have been implemented elsewhere, what lessons have been learnt and how finance professionals contribute to the process.
Drawing on the report from the commonwealth.org on ‘Performance Management in Government – A Primer for Leaders’.
Indexing your resilience!
Looking at CIPFA’s work on its Local Government Financial Resilience Index, its findings and what lessons can be learnt.
Making Partnerships Work
Partnerships are key to delivering effective outcomes across government – a good practice guide from the NIAO.
Neil Gray, NIAO
This session looks at cross government performance tracking using the CIPFA/IfG performance tracker. What are the key lessons and how can this information support policy development and drive better decisions.
Graham Atkins – Institute for Government
This session provides an overview of CIPFA’s Financial Management Code of Practice
The Code is designed and developed to support good practice in financial management and to assist public bodies in demonstrating their financial sustainability.
The Future Finance Professional
Developing your skills and making a contribution towards service outcomes
ENGAGEMENT, CULTURE & LEADERSHIP
Ever wondered how to get grater engagement from your most valuable assets, you staff? This session provides insights into the cutting edge engage and growth programme that aims to achieve a fully engaged workforce, strong positive culture, enthusiastic employees and subsequent improved outcomes and results.
Claire Loftus – Evolve
Close of Conference –
Catherine McFarland, Chair CIPFA NI Branch
Drinks Reception, networking and awards
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