Embedding Ethics


Event summary

When CIPFA adopted the ethics code as a statement of best practice, we became the first professional accountancy body to do so. The work doesn’t stop here though, the changing political and financial culture means CIPFA will continue to demonstrate leadership and support for its members, our Embedding Ethics event will be a continuation to our work on ethics so far.


24 June 2019
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 13:15


Grant Thornton - Finsbury Square
30 Finsbury Square
Greater London
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About this event

Ethics is embedded into all we do at CIPFA, as evident by the five principles around conduct and ethics:

  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Professional Competence and Due Care
  • Confidentiality
  • Professional Behaviour

It is by following these principles that professionals can rest assured they are taking the right action. Although as evidenced by a CIPFA survey with nearly 500 responses, 57% of respondents said they had come under pressure to act in a professionally unethical way, for instance by distorting information or downplaying risk, more worryingly, of these almost four in ten – 36% – either fully or partly carried out the unethical action, furthermore many felt they were under threat, including implied threats of redundancy, passed over for promotion and aggressive or unpleasant behaviour.

Due to the above, it is imperative that professionals in the field know that they have the backing of professional institutions and the knowledge of what to do in situations of ethical dilemmas. The latest edition of the International Ethical Standards Board of Accountants Code was just one step in CIPFA's ongoing work as a leader in ethics for our members; we have continued to publish revised materials and an extensive range of ethical case studies for use by professionals and members in training.

To continue building on the blocks we have already laid, our Embedding Ethics event will include sessions on rebuilding trust, showing the links between professional behaviour and the wider trust of the public. Rick Tazzini, who regularly presents across the UK the International Code of Ethics, will host a session on the expected requirements of employers, professionals and all the other groups under the remit of the code of ethics.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Who should attend?

  • CIPFA Trainee/Qualified accountants
  • Public sector CFOs
  • Public sector finance professionals

How will I benefit from attending this event?

By attending, delegates will:

  • understand from CIPFA the new ethical responsibilities
  • learn how ethics can be embedded in your behaviour and in your organisation
  • network with fellow professionals from other organisations.


  • Ethics

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Speaker - Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Williamson, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources for Hampshire County Council, is responsible for the Corporate Services Shared Partnership arrangement covering the County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council. This encompasses finance, HR and transactional services to the partners. It is a unique arrangement which operates across the public sector with joint governance arrangements and a cost sharing arrangement to underpin the partnership.

Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Pension Fund. Carolyn is also responsible for Hampshire County Council’s IT Service and leads on the Digital Strategy implementation for the County Council.

Carolyn is CIPFA-qualified, since 1991. Carolyn is President of CIPFA for 2019/20 and has been a member of CIPFA Council since 2013, having held chairmanship roles on the Audit Committee and Student and Members Board, as well as attending CIPFA Council.

Speaker - Margaret Pratt

Margaret Pratt

Margaret is a CIPFA qualified accountant and was CIPFA’s first female president (1998). Margaret has worked in and alongside NHS organisations in senior roles for more than 25 years. Margaret also has a track record as a non-executive director in a range of public service organisations and is also currently a member of the Nominations Committee of the University of Northampton and chairs CIPFA’s Ethics Working Group.

Margaret joined Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in 1979 as its first graduate trainee at the age of 25, qualifying in 1982. She became active in the Midlands Student’s Society and CIPFA nationally in the early 1980s and played a key role in establishing CIPFA in the Midlands as the first integrated CIPFA Region. She was an elected member of the CIPFA Council 1988-2003. Margaret has had a varied professional career working in local government, consultancy and the NHS before establishing her own consultancy in 1999. She has worked in a range of executive, non-executive and advisory roles.

Speaker - Rick Tazzini

Rick Tazzini

Rick CIPFA qualified professional accountant with a wide-ranging background in strategic finance and governance across the public sector including local authorities, police, NHS, membership charities as well as commercial bodies in the not for profit sector. He is currently interim FD with The Royal Life Saving Society, the Drowning Prevention Charity.

He is a trustee and Audit Committee Chair with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and is also an independent member of the Audit & Assurance Committee with the Richmond Fellowship charity.

Rick is an active member CIPFA’s Ethics Working Group and designed the CIPFA 2018 ethics survey. He present regularly across the UK the International Code of Ethics.

Speaker - Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK & International

Don Peebles

Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work from the Institute’s Scottish HQ in Edinburgh.

Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as Policy and Technical Officer, becoming Policy and Technical Manager in 2004 before becoming Head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013. E: don.peebles@cipfa.org, T: 0131 221 8640.