Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance
CIPFA Public Finance Live Scotland 2020
09.30 – 09.50
Welcome to the 2020 Conference from:
09.50 – 10.30
Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Migration
10.30 – 11.00
The Science of FLOW
Alice Beveridge, Psychologist, Teacher, Director and Keeper of Chickens, Tree of Knowledge
We will explore the science of FLOW and how we deal with challenges and changes as individuals.
In doing so, we begin to look at the importance of removing stress, apathy and boredom in the workplace.
Transformation is Dead!
Simon Parker, Corporate Director of Strategy, London Borough of Redbridge
An imaginative look at how modern local authority services should be planned and delivered.
12.00 – 12.30
Integration: Making it a Success
Paul McKevitt, Director - Resources and Contracts (Deputy Chief Executive), Wigan Council
Integration can be successful as this story exemplifies. Strong leadership and good management are the key as described by the council who made it happen.
12.35 – 13.15
The Climate Emergency
Baillie Gifford will provide a roundtable discussion on the climate emergency.
What does this mean and how should councils and pension funds respond?
Sponsored by: Baillie Gifford
Public Finance Masterclass
An essential short guide to the current financial reporting and accounting issues impacting on the public sector, including the ongoing debate about the clarity and suitability of public sector financial statements, and the practical challenges of implementing the new leases accounting standard.
David Ellis, CIPFA
Dementia Friends Workshop
Learn a little bit about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Through this workshop, five key dementia messages are brought to life with interactive activities and at the end of the session you will become a registered Scottish Dementia Friend.
Anne Mcwhinnie, Alzheimers Scotland
Preparing for the FM Code
A world of increased risk, reducing certainty and a fluid political environment. With the launch of the Financial Management Code (FM Code) this workshop will cover why the code was needed and will reflect on why lessons needed to be learnt from the past to strengthen the sector for the future? This workshop will give you an opportunity to listen to those involved in its development to gain some insight into how you might want to prepare.
Joanne Pitt, CIPFA
How do you put a Giraffe in a Fridge?
An interesting question designed to allow us to begin to explore how often we over complicate problems, discuss the importance of creativity and identify why imaginative learning is important.
Alice Beveridge, Tree of Knowledge
13.15 – 14.00
Lunch and exhibition
14.00 – 14.30
Glasgow – Scotland's Smart City
Susan Aitken, Leader Glasgow City Council
An insight into the modernisation of Scotland's largest city's streets using investment and modern technology.
14.30 – 15.15
From automation and robotics, to tackling the climate crisis and protecting future generations, the role of a public finance professional is ever evolving. Join us to discuss where the profession is heading, what the key skills are needed for a 21st century accountant, and find out how CIPFA is developing the professional qualification to be fit for the future.
Presented by Niall Hamilton, CIPFA
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The pace of change in technology is growing. Innovations such as AI, machine learning, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the 'internet of things' are now moving from being ideas to delivering growing numbers of practical real-world uses. Learn about the outcomes and savings being delivered already across the public sector, and benefit from an intriguing glimpse into the (not so) distant future.
Sponsored Workshop Session by: Oracle
Matt will be exploring risks identified on a global scale within the global risk report and understanding how these impact at local level and the risks associated to organisations in Scotland.
Delivered by: Matt Hardwick, Zurich
Intelligent Automation – the Future of Finance
Intelligent automation can change the focus and role of the finance function. Find out more about how the team focus can move from mundane finance activities to creating the value added in your organisation.
Presented by: Ed Mitchell, Head of Intelligent Automation, EY
Marcus Evans, BlackLine
EY and BlackLine
This session will look at the upcoming Scottish LGPS valuations as at 31 March and the outlook for employers. We will also cover several national issues impacting public service pensions including the McCloud age discrimination case and cost management processes.
15.45 – 16.15
The Financial and Economic Impact of Care
Session details to be confirmed.
How misdirected health and education spend has impacted upon children and young people and how investment in the first 1,000 days of a young person’s life can have a lifelong impact on the individual and on public finances.
Close of Day One – Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland
09.00 – 09.15
Welcome to the 2020 CIPFA Conference Day 2 from:
Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland Executive Committee
09.15 – 09.45
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland
In her final year as Scotland's only second Auditor General, Caroline reflects on Scotland's public services, past, present (and future!).
09.45 – 10.15
Public Finance and Social Media – An Unlikely Partnership?
Rob Coyne, General Manager, Hootsuite
What is the role for public finance in social media? The role is bigger than you think and there is a role for you. One of the world's leading experts on corporate social media explains all.
10.15 – 11.00
Sponsored Workshop Session by: Oracle
Sponsored by: Zurich
Scotland's new financial powers and what it means for public finances
The Scottish Parliament's new financial and social security powers arising from the 2012 and 2016 Scotland Acts are fundamentally changing Scottish public finances. Alongside continuing taxation powers, the 2018/19 Scottish budget included demand-led social security assistance for the first time. All this brings greater uncertainty and volatility for public finances compared to when most funding came through the block grant from the UK Government. The way the Scottish economy performs relative to the rest of the UK now has a greater influence on public finances, and both UK and Scottish policy choices can impact the Scottish Government's spending envelope. This session will explore how the new financial powers are operating through the fiscal framework, considering the risks and opportunities it brings and what it means for public sector budgets.
Delivered by: Richard Robinson, Audit Scotland
11.00 – 11.30
Refreshments and exhibition
11.30 – 12.00
Anas Sarwar, MSP, The Public Audit and Post Legislative Committee
Arguably the Scottish Parliament's most influential committee, we hear about its key scrutiny role.
Towards Net Zero by 2045 – A Shared Endeavour
Archie Stoddart, Head of Climate Change Unit, Transport Scotland
The Scottish Parliament has approved legislation committing to a ‘net zero’ Scotland by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK. This closing session will provide a lively discussion on the efforts being made to tackle the climate crisis.
12.30 – 12.45
Close of 2020 Conference – Fiona Kordiak, Chair of CIPFA in Scotland
Lunch and exhibition
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