Programme

CIPFA Northern Ireland Conference, 11 October 2018, Stormont

NI Conference Belfast 11 Oct

Thursday 11 October 2018

09:30

Welcome to the 2018 CIPFA Northern Ireland Conference from:
Catherine McFarland, Chair of CIPFA Northern Ireland and Andy Burns former CIPFA President;
Conference Chair – Jamie Delargy

 

Plenary sessions

09:40

Motivate Your Staff and Yourself

This session is on elite performance and what are the components that create it. No matter which field or industry you work, the one common factor that dictates elite performance is mindset. Mental performance is an area that has been hugely undervalued in most walks of life, especially football.

Utilising a ‘High Performing Mind’, Paul will show you how we truly functions as humans and how we can use this to maximise our potential. You don’t need to be a professional sports person to employ the techniques of elite performance!

Paul McVeigh, Motivational Speaker and Former Professional Footballer

10:10

Affordability, Accountability and  Outcomes

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) have directly supported many organisations to design and embed an outcomes based approach and trained over 150 senior civil servants and 200 community/voluntary sector staff across Northern Ireland, as well as statutory organisations and local government.

They have a well-established capacity building programme that contributes to the development of Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) throughout Northern Ireland in support of the Northern Ireland programme for government (2016–2020) that applies an outcomes based approach.

This session will outline what is meant by outcomes based accountability and share experience of applying OBA throughout the Early Intervention Transformation Programme, working collaboratively with many organisations and across government to ensure an OBA framework is effectively embedded.

Celine McStravick, Director of NCB in Northern Ireland

10:35

Refreshments and Exhibition

 

Break out workshops

11:00

2018 Global Risk Report – Environment

Every year the Global Risks Report is produced by the World Economic Forum, with support from Zurich.  We will introduce the key findings of the 2018 report including the top 5 risk areas and to participate in an interactive session looking at the number one risk, Environment, and how it relates to you and your organisations.  

We will consider key risk areas such as extreme weather events, the failure of climate change adaption and how this links through to insurance issues such as flooding, property damage as well as wider impacts on ability to deliver services. 

Sponsored by Zurich Muncipal

 

IFRS 16 Leases – what does it mean for you?

The new accounting standard on leasing, IFRS 16, is due to be adopted across the public sector. It will affect any organisation which uses rentals or leasing as a means to obtain access to assets. This workshop will cover the technical accounting changes IFRS 16 will bring and the practical implications for preparation for the adoption of this standard.

Easton Bilsborough, Technical Manager, CIPFA

 

NI Audit Office, Outcomes Best Practice Framework and Toolkit

An outcomes-based approach represents a fundamental shift in how Northern Ireland plans to deliver improvements in public services. It focuses on outcomes of societal wellbeing, rather than inputs, processes and outputs of public services, and requires a major cultural change in public bodies. In this workshop Neil and Sean will outline the key challenges and the levers to help public bodies implement this change.

Neil Gray, Director, NIAO

 

Plenary Sessions

11:30

Scottish Government Budget Process Review:
Planning, Performance and Accountability

In this presentation Stephen will set out the fundamental change in public finances in Scotland that devolution of a range of tax powers has brought. The session will cover the changes to the Scottish Parliament’s budget process and the framework for this reviewed process, together with the important cultural changes that need to be made for it be effective.

Stephen Boyle, Audit Scotland

12:00

Influence, collaboration and capacity building: Supporting delivery of national performance at a local level in Scotland

The Outcomes, Evidence and Performance Board (OEPB) was established as a cross public service group to support progress in public service reform in Scotland. The group comprises of senior representatives from the Scottish Government, Audit Scotland, The Improvement Service, The National Shared Services of the NHS, What Works Scotland and the statutory partners for Community Planning. Its key role is to co-ordinate analytical and developmental support for local CPP’s to drive forward with the outcome focus of public service reform. The session will set out how the OEPB operates, detail its work programme and the challenges it faces in supporting reform.

Mark McAteer, OEPB Board Member


12:30

Lunch and Exhibition

13:30

Gender Budgeting – restructuring revenue and spending decisions to eliminate unequal gendered outcomes.

Introducing gender analysis in budget processes with a view to realising rights and more gender equality outcomes across policy domains including public services and public sector employment. Gender Budgeting - restructuring revenue and spending decisions to eliminate unequal gendered outcomes.

 

Break out workshops

14:00

2018 Global Risks Report – Cyber & Data Loss

Join us for our second session looking at the top risk areas identified in the 2018 Global Risks Report, produced by World Economic Forum with support from Zurich as a strategic partner.  This interactive workshop will look at Cyber & Data 

Loss, along with fraud all of which appear within the top 5 global risks by likelihood.  Cyber risks intensified in 2017 and the cost of cyber-crime to businesses is expected to represent 8 trillion USD over the next five years.  We will consider how these risks could impact you and your organisatio, both internally and externally and how you should be responding.

Sponsored by Zurich

IFRS 16 Leases – what does it mean for you?

The new accounting standard on leasing, IFRS 16, is due to be adopted across the public sector. It will affect any organisation which uses rentals or leasing as a means to obtain access to assets. This workshop will cover the technical accounting changes IFRS 16 will bring and the practical implications for preparation for the adoption of this standard.

Easton Bilsborough, Technical Manager, CIPFA



Professional Ethics – Upping Your Game
The ethical challenges in today’s public services are outlined along with tips on how to navigate through them

Margaret Pratt, Chair CIPFA Ethics Working Group

 

Plenary sessions

14:30

Brexit and the Irish Border Question

Paul will provide the latest information regarding Brexit, its implications for the Irish Border.

Paul Gosling

15:00

Refreshments and Exhibition

 

Break out workshops

15:30

NI Economic Outlook and the Public Sector

In this presentation, Esmond will look to place the current and recent performance of the economy in context. Look at major trends, global economic fragility, deceleration in the UK and NI, as well a Brexit. Esmond will present some of the UU Economic Policy Centre’s most recent forecasts and consider possible policy responses.

Esmond Birnie, Ulster University

Data, Technology and Service Outcomes from LPS

This workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear about Land & Property Services (LPS) challenges on making the best use of Data and Technology to delivery service outcomes to the citizens of Northern Ireland. 

The workshop will highlight how the LPS’ NOVA Transformation Programme aims to transform how LPS delivers its services by facilitating greater use of self-service, new working methods for staff and making the most of LPS data. 

Chris Smart, Nova Programme Director

Accounting for Nature

This session will introduce the concept of natural capital and report findings from pilot natural capital assessments undertaken on two urban green spaces in Belfast; namely Bog Meadows Nature Reserve and Minnowburn. As well as advancing the understanding of the importance and practicalities of undertaking Natural Capital assessments, the pilots reveal the range and scale of benefits that these areas, and those who manage them, provide to the public.

Jonathan Bell,  NI Lead

 

 

Closing sessions

16:00

Keynote address

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Sinn Féin Member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland for South Belfast.

16:30

Close of conference –
Catherine McFarland, Chair CIPFA NI Branch


POST – CONFERENCE EVENING NETWORKING EVENT

17:00 – 19:00

Drinks reception and canapes

Hosted by Catherine McFarland and the CIPFA NI Branch Committee

Sponsored by MCS Group

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