CIPFA South East celebrating success
by Nick White
Across the sea of faces packed into
Committee Room 4 at Robert Street
there seemed a common expression –
relief. Whether it was the relief of the
newly qualified members that they
had passed and all that studying was
now behind them, or the relief of their
friends and family that the whole ordeal
was over and life could get back to being
a bit more normal I wasn’t sure.
For me it was the relief that Alison
Sweeting, Chair of CIPFA South East
had found her way to the room and
that as her vice chair I wasn’t going to
have to make up a welcome speech on
CIPFA South East was at Robert the CIPFA South East region. The then professional, achievement.
Street on 17 June to award membership president Caroline Mawhood joined Our next reception will be in the
certificates to successful students us to congratulate the new CIPFA autumn. If you’ve just taken your final
and to welcome them to CIPFA and to members on their huge personal, and exams, we hope you’ll join us.
Anglia division shows WiT
by Mike McManus, Secretary CIPFA South East Nick looked at the various aspects of what is possible. He
This year’s CIPFA South East – Anglia division seminar was at came up with several scenarios, one of which was; should a
Newmarket Racecourse, in the Rowley Mile Conference Centre. builder be helped now by providing finance so that more houses
Peter Watson of the East of England Development Agency could be built which would help him capitalise on the high price
chaired the event, which attracted almost 100 members with a he had paid for the land. Or wait until land prices fall and have
stimulating and highly relevant programme. houses built at a more affordable price.
John Thornton, who you may know from his regular articles After this we all left feeling that once again David Culley
in Public Finance, started the seminar with ‘The future of from Pure Resourcing Solutions had produced a seminar from
the finance function’. His talk was wide ranging and thought which we had all benefited, and at a very impressive venue.
provoking, and well received by everyone.
Following a break was a session by John Moon entitled
‘How to make an impact by clearly showing information’. This
session was fast and furious and emphatically demonstrated
what John was talking about. His acronym WiT showed that by
putting ‘Words in Tables’ messages come across much more
clearly and quickly to the person reading it.
Suzanne Jones, from the Environment Agency, then
explained how she had put John’s ideas into practice at the
agency and showed us some reports she now produces.
For the final morning session we split into three workshops.
The one I attended took place in one of the hospitality boxes
with a great view of the racecourse.
The final session of the day was with Nick Dawe of
Cambridgeshire County Council speaking on ‘Recession – its
impact on the now and the future’.
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