CIPFA Treasury Management Network Conference


Event summary

CIPFA's 2018 Treasury Management Network Annual Conference contains a first class array of speakers and commentators tackling the most significant issues for UK public sector treasury management.

Private Sector rate: £495 + VAT. Please contact to book.


14 March 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA Ltd
160 Queen Victoria Street
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About this event

Our speakers will address the current key challenges including responding to the new regulatory regime and establishing the necessary governance and due diligence. We will also hear from those involved in the launch of the Municipal Bond Agency and an investor who established a renewable energy investment programme.

We will include a panel debate and economic experts to provide you with the latest insights into investments and markets to keep you fully informed of the risks and opportunities being discussed.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at treasury practitioners, capital accountants, managers with responsibility for treasury and capital, senior finance managers and chief finance officers along with elected members with treasury or capital responsibilities.

How will I benefit?

Attendees will benefit from:

  • expert economic analysis from BNY Mellon
  • hearing the case for and how to manage secured alternative assets from a practitioner perspective
  • our panel debate, which will tackle how authorities will go about the practical implementation of a capital strategy and what the governance arrangements might look like to demonstrate transparency and proportionality
  • discussing what the launch of the Municipal Bond Agency will mean for capital financing and how will the markets respond
  • a review of scrutiny and due diligence to meet the requirements of the new CIPFA codes and DCLG guidance.

CPD hours



  • Local government
  • / Risk management
  • / Treasury management

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Speaker - Neil Sellstrom

Neil Sellstrom

Neil has been a CIPFA Advisor for pensions and treasury management since 2009, running networks on both subjects with over 150 subscribing authorities combined. He represents CIPFA and Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Funds at various key events and also attends CIPFA pensions panels. He also organises workshops and conferences, produces newsletters, and co-ordinates queries to support members and promote best practice. E:, T: 01287 619679.

Speaker - Dr Bob Swarup

Dr Bob Swarup is Principal at Camdor Global Advisors, a boutique advisory firm providing investment, risk management and due diligence support services to institutional investors, especially those with complex balance sheets, funding needs and/or liabilities, and investments in alternative assets. Current and past clients include Warrington Borough Council, Westminster City Council, London Borough of Newham and the Pensions Regulator. The firm prides itself in the ability to deliver bespoke advice and solutions that are tailored to each client’s requirements.

Bob was formerly head of alternatives and Chief Risk Officer at Pension Corporation, a leading UK pension buyout firm with over £20bn in assets under its stewardship today. He is also co-founder of the Insurance Investment Exchange, the leading forum for UK insurers to debate investment issues and trends. Bob is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School and on the Advisory Council of the Columbia Committee for Global Thought. He has also sat on numerous boards, industry committees and consortia.

Bob is a well respected author and commentator on macroeconomic, investment and regulatory issues, with his work featuring in the Financial Times, Economist, Guardian, IPE and Room151 amongst others. His latest book is the critically acclaimed bestseller, Money Mania, which examines the themes underlying the last 25 centuries of financial crises and the lessons to be learnt. Bob has a PhD in cosmology from Imperial College London and a MA(Hons) from the University of Cambridge.

Speaker - Mr Gareth Caller

A chartered accountant, for the past three years Gareth has worked in DCLG with policy responsibility for the Capital Finance System and local government accounting. Prior to that he was a Financial Audit Manager at the NAO with responsibility for a range of central government departments, agencies and non-department bodies including the Public Works Loan Board.

Speaker - Aidan Brady

Aidan Brady

Aidan Brady is Chief Executive Officer of the UK Municipal Bonds Agency, with responsibility for the creation and management of the Agency. Aidan led the review of the business case for the Agency as Senior Advisor for the Local Government Association, before leading the Agency through to launch as Interim Managing Director.

Aidan is a chartered accountant by training, and worked in practice in Dublin, London and Hong Kong. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, mainly in Deutsche Bank, where he held several senior roles.

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 - Stephen Cirell

Stephen has worked in the Public Sector for over 35 years, both via in house service and from the private sector.

Formerly an in-house lawyer in local government, and then a Partner with Eversheds, Stephen is one of the most well known experts on local government law and is nationally known for his writing on many different areas, being the author of over 17 books on Local Government Law, spanning over three decades.

Stephen created a new business in Autumn 2010 following a highly successful year in Cornwall Council as the Corporate Director on Climate Change. He now specialises in the creation of a low carbon economy, through emissions reduction schemes and renewable or clean energy projects. His main aim is to raise the ambition of local authorities, to increase their confidence and to inspire them.

Stephen is currently working with over two dozen local authorities up and down the country on schemes involving solar PV, wind energy, biomass energy and electric cars.

He is the author of two books for local authorities on renewables, which are A Guide to Solar PV Projects in Local Government and the Public Sector (now in its second edition) and A Guide to Biomass Heating Projects in Local Government and the Public Sector. In 2010 Stephen was shortlisted by the Financial Times for the Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year award.