Thursday 17 October: Public Finance Live – Northern Ireland 2019

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Welcome to the 2019 CIPFA Northern Ireland Conference from:

Conference Chair


Plenary Sessions


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


Plenary Sessions


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


Break Out Workshops






Effectively presenting information is a key skill for any finance professional.


Speaker confirmed shortly

Future people skills –
What the CFO needs to consider to re-tool the finance function for digital

Speaker confirmed shortly

Implementing the principles of co-production, co-design and co-delivery to put people at the heart of health and wellbeing.

Speaker confirmed shortly


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.

Scottish Government  


Break Out Workshops






 ‘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 on ‘Performance Management in Government – A Primer for Leaders’.

Scott Mahony – Public Health England

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


Refreshments and Exhibition


Break Out Workshops






Performance Tracking
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

Financial Resilience

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

Speaker confirmed shortly


Final Motivational Session



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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