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PTN Introduction to Option Appraisal: Making the right choices!

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Event summary

We make choices all the time in our personal and professional lives. But how often do we make decisions without giving them a second thought because we view them as unimportant, or we are comfortable in what we choose?

When there is public money at risk, many different stakeholders who have different viewpoints, a major project to decide on, or even the future of a service at stake, we must make sure our decisions are made using a robust process and that we have the right tools to make such choices now and for the future.


25 May 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:15

Standard price

£375.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£325.00 excl VAT

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About this event

This event will cover a step by step practical approach to option appraisal in order to have greater confidence when recommending the best way forward for an organisation. Delegates should leave the day feeling more confident about how to organise and manage an option appraisal exercise in a variety of scenarios.

Learning objectives

  • Sessions 1 and 2: Establishing the essential components of an effective option appraisal process
  • Session 3: Getting a working understanding of option appraisal by testing out techniques learnt in a workshop environment
  • Session 4: Understanding how risk variables can be taken into account within an option appraisal exercise

Who should attend?

Property professionals, service managers, finance professionals and anyone who is in involved in decision making and using option appraisals within the public sector.

How will I benefit?

Delegates will gain a practical understanding of how to develop a structured approach to option appraisal within the public sector.

CPD hours

Four and a half.


  • Asset management
  • / Capacity building
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Professional development
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA

David is a professionally qualified quantity surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with CIPFA since 1998 and in this time has become known as one of the leading UK experts on property and asset management within the public sector.