Local Government Accounting Conference - Manchester


Event summary

Building Public Trust and the Role of Effective Financial Reporting

This key conference will help finance practitioners understand the important financial management issues and reporting changes that face local authorities and the crucial steps necessary to make and be prepared for those changes.

The essential updates, insight and material provided at this conference will be especially relevant in a period of uncertainty and sustained resource constraint.


14 November 2018
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 16:30


BNY Manchester Piccadilly
One Piccadilly Gardens
M1 1RN
[See map]

Standard price

£295.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£235.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Event Summary

By attending the conference you will be able to:

  • hear the very latest on the fundamental changes to the local authority accounting 2019/20 (including a separate session on IFRS 16 Leases)and the practical impact of adopting the standard 
  • explore with experts how local authority financial statements can be streamlined and hear the latest developments on CIPFA’s Streamlining project and how the financial statements can be accessible to local authority key stakeholders
  • hear from audit experts on the lessons learnt from this year’s audits and how this might impact on next year
  • discover the issues you will face when implementing for the complex financial reporting standard IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
  • consider the latest developments in capital finance including the capital strategy 
  • hear the very latest on CIPFA’s work on financial resilience and developments to its new financial management Code.

There will also be opportunities throughout the day to network with colleagues in other local authorities facing the same issues and to engage directly with CIPFA representatives about issues raised during the conference or to discuss other questions you may have.

Who should attend

All finance professionals working in local government and those who supply services to the sector.

How you will benefit

  • Hear from accountancy and local government experts at CIPFA and leading local authority finance professionals at the essential accounting event for local government
  • Speak directly with CIPFA representatives, obtaining expert advice on the concerns and issues you may have.

CPD hours



  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / IFRS
  • / Local government
  • / Professional development

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Speaker - Gareth Davies, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Gareth Davies

Having gained 17 years of experience working in Scottish local government, Gareth joined CIPFA in 2008. His role in CIPFA’s Edinburgh office includes supporting members and associated organisations with technical advice and guidance; provision of Scottish Finance Advisory Network events and support to subscribing organisations; secretariat services to LASAAC relating to Scottish local government accounting requirements; participation in the NHS Technical Accounting Group; delivery of public and in-house training events; and additional consultancy and project work as required.

Gareth’s objective is to help his fellow finance practitioners address the practical challenges they face in meeting their professional responsibilities.
E: gareth.davies@cipfa.org, T: 0131 221 8644, M: 0782 694 7719.

Speaker - Caroline White, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN)

Caroline White

Caroline has been a Finance Advisory Network advisor at CIPFA since early 2013, supporting practitioners in all aspects of local government accounting and particularly in the technical area of collection fund accounting. E: caroline.white@cipfa.org, T: 01964 533097.

Speaker - Joanne Pitt, Policy Manager (Local Government), CIPFA

Joanne Pitt

Joanne Pitt is an experienced local government adviser and has 25 years of public sector experience. Joanne worked in key areas including business rates, welfare reform, council tax and housing before moving to the CIPFA Counter Fraud centre in January 2017. E: joanne.pitt@cipfa.org, T: 0207 543 5786.

Speaker - Grant Patterson, Director Grant Thornton UKLLP - Public Sector Assurance National Public Sector Financial Reporting Lead

Grant has over 25 years experience working with public sector organisations. His current client portfolio consists of clients in local government, the NHS and pension funds.

He is Grant Thornton’s Public Sector Assurance Practice’s National Lead in Public Sector Financial Reporting and member of CIPFA LAAP. Specialist areas include capital finance and pensions accounting.

An active Pension Fund Trustee who chairs his scheme’s Audit Committee, Grant is also Grant Thornton’s National Public Sector Lead in respect of the Local Government Pension Scheme where, alongside developing the firm's audit approach, his focus has been on governance and pooling.

As co-author of the IIRC’s 'Refocusing Value Creation in the Public Sector', Grant retains an interest in improving corporate financial reporting. Specifically in helping organisations to better understand and report upon their performance and improve strategic decision making based on a broad range of quality financial and non-financial information and thereby demonstrate sustainable value creation.

Speaker - Lynn Pamment, Risk Management Partner, PwC

Lynn Pamment

Lynn is the Risk Management Partner for PwC's national government and public sector practice. She sits on a number of professional committees including the FRC Committee on Accounting for Public Benefit Entities and chairs the CIPFA/LASAAC Committee responsible for the UK local authorities accounting code. Lynn is also a non-executive board member of RCT Homes.