Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Unlocking the Potential: Realising the Role of Local Charities in Public Service Delivery


Event summary

This event provides an overview of CIPFA’s new free-to-air publication Unlocking the Potential: Realising the Role of Local Charities in Public Service Delivery, which takes a fresh look at the interface between the charity and public sector.


13 May 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 11:00


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About this event

The rapidly-changing environment has meant that decisions are made outside of the traditional decision-making process. This event will focus on the potential issues that have delayed change but more importantly will look at new ways of opportunities and ways of working with the charities and voluntary organisations and new service delivery and procurement approaches.

Who should attend?

Senior finance officers and procurement officers from local government and the charities and voluntary organisations sector.

How you will benefit from attending?

  • maximise your understanding of the operating environment with charities and the third sector
  • better understand the risks of service delivery with charities and the third sector
  • improved knowledge of different opportunities for working with charities and the third sector

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Commissioning
  • / Governance
  • / Local government
  • / Risk management
  • / Value for money

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

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:, T: 0131 221 8640.

Speaker - Sarah Sheen, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Sarah Sheen

Sarah is currently responsible for key aspects of the Institute's technical work on local government and related sectors. She is leading on the work of the Treasury and Capital Management Panel and on the development of guidance on the Prudential and Treasury Management Codes and prudential property investment guidance. Sarah is also a member of the RICS Public Sector Working Group


Sarah is also leading on the third sector work including the Charities SORP and local authority financial reporting and financial management.

Prior to working for CIPFA Sarah was a national lead for PwC and was seconded to the Welsh Government where she was responsible for taking forward the local authorities Capital Finance and Accounting Regulations and statutory guidance on local government investments. Before working for PwC and CIPFA Sarah worked in a number of roles for a major local authority in Wales.

Speaker - Sir Tony Redmond

Sir Tony Redmond is a past CIPFA President and a member of CIPFA’s Institute Council; a Fellow of the Institute of Revenues and Rating Valuation; and a Fellow of the RSA. Tony has had a long and substantial career in public service, in particular local government. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of the Commission for Local Administration and Local Government Ombudsman for a period of nine years. Prior to that, his principal roles included the posts of Chief Executive of the London Borough of Harrow, Treasurer to the West London Waste Authority, Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Knowsley MBC and Treasurer to the Merseyside Police Authority. In his earlier years he was Deputy Finance Director of Wigan MBC and Chief Accountant of Liverpool City Council, after occupying roles in Audit, Accountancy, Revenues and Corporate Planning with that authority. Tony is currently Local Government Boundary Commissioner for England and also Treasurer of Unicef UK. He is also Chair of the Consumer Council for Water for London, and the South East and Course Director at Public Administration International, dealing with the role of the Ombudsman in dispute resolution.