Delivering public sector transformation in challenging times
The UK public sector is currently faced with a myriad of challenges: an increasingly diverse and aging population, a shrinking workforce, increasing financial pressures and the uncertainty caused by the ongoing negotiations to leave the EU. Combined, these challenges pressurise the continued provision of quality public services. Yet, despite this, organisations all across this sector continue to demonstrate a unique capacity to innovate and deliver robust and impressive frontline services.
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16:10 - Q&A
16:20 - Reflections: the future of the public sector and advice to leaders and finance professionals.
16:50 - Closing remarks
17:00 - Drinks and networking
19:00 - Close
Helen Brand, OBE, CEO at ACCA
Helen Brand is chief executive of ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, a post she has held since 2008.
Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 180 markets in which ACCA currently operates. She is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and now sits as Vice-Chair on the IIRC Board. She is also a member of the University of Exeter Business School International Advisory Board and a member of the Deakin University Business School International Advisory Board.
One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a regular media commentator on the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society. In 2011, ACCA became the first international professional body to publish an integrated report on its performance and Helen remains a strong advocate for the power of wider corporate reporting. She has also driven ACCA’s pioneering work in supporting the development of the profession across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Helen was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2011 for services to accountancy and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in December 2017.
Alex Metcalfe, Head of ACCA Public Sector Policy
Alex Metcalfe is the Head of Public Sector Policy in the Professional Insights team at ACCA. He leads on developing thought leadership for the public sector and represents ACCA at senior global member forums.
Alex has previous experience in the UK and Canadian Civil Service, including working as a Senior Economist – specialising in tax policy – at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in Canada. He has frequently given evidence to UK committees and ministerial roundtables, and was a member of the Home Office Employers’ Representative Group on EU Exit. His published research includes work on the labour and skills needs of small firms after Brexit, as well as economic analysis on the cumulative cost of government policy on small firms.
He studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Queen’s universities.
Dr Rob Yeung, Director, Talentspace leadership consulting
Dr Rob Yeung is a performance psychologist and leadership consultant. Formerly a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, he is now a director at Talentspace leadership consulting where he runs workshops and provides one-to-one coaching aimed at lifting the performance of organisations, leaders and their teams. In practice, this means consulting on topics such as the management of change, emotional intelligence, confidence, leadership, and employee engagement. His clients include BBC, HSBC, KPMG, the Care Quality Commission, the Royal College of Physicians, several universities and charities, as well as ACCA, although most of his work is with smaller organisations and SMEs.
He is the author of over 20 books on career and management topics including How To Stand Out: Proven Tactics for Getting Noticed and Confidence 2.0: The New Science of Self-Confidence, many of which have been either UK or international bestsellers. He also writes the Talent Doctor column in ACCA’s Accounting & Business magazine.
Holly Piper, Head of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Venturesome CAF
CAF Venturesome (part of CAF) supports charities and social enterprises with affordable social investments. Since 2002, it has made over 580 social investments totalling £47m – supporting a huge range of social organisations to sustain and grow their impact. It manages several funds to support a wide range of social organisations - from local community-led housing groups to major international development charities. Holly leads the team, including overall responsibility for Venturesome’s funds and social investments. Since joining in 2012, Holly has led significant fundraising as well as managing a portfolio of innovative social investments, including several of the first social impact bonds.
Holly previously worked at the management consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. She is a trustee of the social enterprise Yes Futures, and a member of the inaugural WISE100 (top 100 women in social enterprise and impact investment).
Mark Cheeseman, Deputy Director Public Sector Fraud, Cabinet Office
Mark Cheeseman is the Deputy Director, Public Sector Fraud in the Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants team in the Cabinet Office. Mark works closely with Ministers, senior leaders in Government and central Government Departments to agree the agenda on dealing with fraud and error loss in the public sector. The high level focus of this is increasing the identification of fraud and error and consequently reducing these losses. A key part of this is working across Government to build standards and disciplines to develop counter fraud as a profession and thus enable the counter-fraud agenda to achieve more. Mark is an active member of many government fraud networks and boards and has led several reviews into fraud management.
Mark started his career as a filing clerk in the Legal Aid Agency, at the Ministry of Justice. He later held various project management, operational and assurance senior management roles, progressing to the role of Head of Counter Fraud & Investigations, which he held for a number of years prior to joining the Cabinet Office. In this role, he redeveloped the LAA’s approach to countering fraud, leading to the first prosecutions of members of the public for legal aid fraud, the first cross-agency prosecutions with other public bodies, a fundamental redesign of the risk assessment model and securing a return on investment from the Counter-fraud function that exceeded its cost. Mark was part of the team that successfully took the Legal Aid Agency out of accounts qualification by the National Audit Office.
Iain Mansfield, Head of ACCA Public Sector
Iain Mansfield is Head of Public Sector at ACCA, where he is responsible for developing and delivering ACCA’s global public sector strategy. Prior to joining ACCA, Iain was a senior civil servant at the UK Department for Education, where he designed the Teaching Excellence Framework, a flagship UK government policy to ensure the highest levels of excellence in English higher education. His extensive experience in central government included roles in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where he served for over two years as Director of UK Trade and Investment in the Philippines. He holds a masters and first class honours degree from the University of Cambridge.
Sir Alan Wood CBE, Former Director of Children’s Services, London Borough of Hackney
Alan is a Master’s level Executive Coach and coaches and mentored successful senior executives in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to education and local government. In the New Years Honours List 2018, Alan received a knighthood for services to education and children social care.
Alan was Chief Executive of The Learning Trust (TLT), which delivered all of the statutory education services provided by Hackney Council. In that period 2002-12 Education in Hackney transformed from the worst in the England to one of the highest performing and now receives national recognition for its work.
Between 2006-16 Alan was the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services in Hackney ensuring the implementing of the nationally acclaimed model of Reclaiming Social Work.
In April 2017 the Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice appointed Alan to be a member of the Youth Justice Board. Also in this year, Alan was appointed to be the Independent Chair of the Children’s Improvement Board established by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets after Ofsted judged the services to be inadequate.
In June 2018 Alan was appointed to be the founding chair of the national What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.
Jane Fuller, Co-director, Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation
Jane Fuller is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, an independent think-tank, director of Fuller Analysis and consulting partner with Vico Partners, the communications firm. She is a member of the Audit and Assurance Council of the Financial Reporting Council, a Fellow of CFA Society of the UK and an adviser to Nutmeg, the online investment manager. A former financial editor and Lex writer at the FT, she still trains its journalists and is a columnist for Accounting & Business magazine.
James Rolfe, Executive Director, Resources, London Borough of Enfield
James Rolfe is the Executive Director of Resources at the London Borough of Enfield. In this role, James is the Council’s Chief Finance Officer, leads the Council’s transformation programme, and provides a range of enabling services to the Council and external customers. James also leads the Council’s leisure, culture and libraries teams. James is Managing Director of Housing Gateway Limited – Enfield’s innovative housing company – and leads on Enfield’s entrepreneurial, commercial and procurement activity for Enfield’s trading entities and with a range of external partners. Before Enfield, James worked in Adult Social Services at a major county council, and spent 16 years in the Civil Service, including 10 in Whitehall. He has an MBA from Cranfield University, and is a qualified accountant.
Stephen Fitzgerald, Director at Tamar Consulting
A highly skilled and motivated finance and management expert of considerable ability and experience. Director at Tamar Consulting providing high level strategic and financial consultancy and interim leadership. Also, providing recruitment advice to clients on senior level appointments and associated selection processes.
Currently, leading on a comprehensive review of the finance in a large unitary local authority . Prior to that , Interim Director of Finance at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Previously in Director level roles at Enfield Borough Council, Slough Borough Council, Winchester City Council, Luton Borough Council, Southampton City Council and Milton Keynes Council. Also previously, Director, Value for Money Studies at the National Audit Office responsible for the delivery of studies in the local government sector. Earlier roles include Director of Finance of the London Borough Hounslow managing a business with a turnover of approximately £1 billion. Responsible for finance, procurement, shared services and key aspects of a major organisational transformation programme.A national reputation for work on key areas on local government finance policy, considerable experience of the corporate financial management of local authorities in particular resource attraction, budget management and council tax reduction. High level track record of the externalisation of local authority services through both traditional and private finance initiative routes. Experience of the implementation of wholesale organisational transformation.Previously, Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants public sector panel and currently member of the board of trustees of the London Youth Games and Status Employment.
Chris Kelly, DWP Commercial Finance Business Partner
DWP Commercial Finance Business Partner and CIMA Qualified Accountant. I lead a small team of Finance professionals providing a range of Commercial support activities to help drive value in DWP’s contracted Employment and Health provisions. I was responsible for revising DWP’s supplier financial viability risk assessment policy following several high profile Government suppliers suffering from financial difficulties.
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