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Agenda

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09:00 - 11:00
Registration, coffee, exhibition and networking
11:00 - 11:15
Welcome
  • Mike Driver, Head of the Government Finance Function & CFO, MOJ
  • James Bowler, DG Public Spending, HMT
  • Cat Little, Director General Finance MOD
11:15 - 11:45
Keynote speakers: customer perspectives
  • Pia Sinha, Governor HMP Liverpool
  • Colin Stewart, Universal Credit Operations Director 
11:45 - 12:30
Panel: “What are we doing in departments to unlock the potential of the Government Finance Function?”
Chair: Cat Little, Director General Finance MOD 
  • Tom Scholar, Permanent Secretary HM Treasury
  • Pia Sinha, Governor HMP Liverpool
  • Colin Stewart, Universal Credit Operations Director 
  • Elizabeth Honer, Chief Executive Officer GIAA 
  • Nick Joicey, Director General Resources and Strategy Group DWP 
  • Ilona Blue, Department for Transport
12:30 - 13:30
Exhibition, lunch and networking
13:30 - 14:15
Workshop rotation 1
 
An assurance lens: making benefits real
Led by: GIAA and Cabinet Office 
This interactive workshop will enable delegates to understand the challenges in identifying, baselining and realising the benefits of a transformation project or programme and the consequences in the absence of effective controls.
 
An integrated approach to the management of debt owed to government
Led by: Fraud, Error, Debt & Grants Team (Cabinet Office) and Indesser 
This interactive workshop will be delivered by representatives of some of the key stakeholders involved in establishing and delivering a function that was designed to ‘be consistent with best practice, departmental strategic objectives and government priorities, and is effective, efficient and fair in its delivery’. The presenters will take the audience through the journey to date, the valuable learnings and metrics, plus share case study examples of how departments have benefited from initiatives such as advanced tracing (and validating) of gone-away customers, unlocking value from aged debt portfolios, and how data and analytics can maximise return on investment in collections. Throughout the workshop attendees will also be invited to help shape the future of the Debt Centre of Excellence and highlight what they need to support them as they tackle the c£23.5bn overdue debt owed to government.  
 
Can finance predict the future?
Led by: PwC
Acclaimed physicist Niels Bohr once said, ‘It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future’. We concur – the only certainty is that forecasts will be wrong. However, for a decision maker, an important concern is how wrong projections need to be before course correction is required. In this workshop, we will explore how Finance can enhance decision-making through data driven-techniques including AI and robotics.
 
Carillion and commercial failure: reducing risk through collaboration
Led by: HMRC, MoJ and DWP
This workshop will share how Finance functions across three departments have worked with their Commercial, Analytical, and Legal functions and with Cabinet Office to develop tools and methodologies to better understand the financial risks associated with their current suppliers and how we have developed our approach to assessing financial risk at the procurement phase. We’ll outline how we responded to the collapse of Carillion, what we learned from that company’s failure, and share work we’ve done since then to better understand our departments’ suppliers. 
 
Inclusive recruitment; enabling the future Finance Function
Led by: Michael Page
“What is inclusive recruitment? And why does it matter to the development of a finance workforce? This workshop will discuss the central role that inclusive recruitment plays in attracting and retaining finance staff and the benefits that you will gain from a diverse workforce.”
 
Money makes the world go around…
Led by: Government Banking (HMRC)
Meet the Government Banking team to learn more about how they can help you to keep your money safe and gain an insight into payment industry developments.
 
Outcomes and outcomes planning
Led by: CIPFA
Many accept that we need better outcomes for citizens from our public services. Outcomes require greater collaboration across services and sectors, a move to more preventative approaches to delivery and appropriate measures of performance linked to resources. This session will look at what developments are happening in this area and how building a supporting framework for outcomes is critical to success.
 
 
Powering finance for the next generation
Led by: KPMG 
With the drive to implement the Government Shared Services Strategy, finance needs to embrace the disruption of modern technologies whilst liberating talent to add real value. In this workshop, we will cover three critical enablers: insights from our global research on next generation shared services; how to leverage standardised operating models and finance processes that are ready for the Cloud; how the next generation of finance talent needs to evolve.
 
The future of finance
Led by: McKinsey & Company
The Future of Finance work focused on how major innovations in financial management can help transform the role of public sector CFOs and financial managers into value generators and thought partners on the core strategic topics across government entities. We explored innovations such as new tools for performance management and budgeting; automation of core financial management processes; blockchain to simplify intra-governmental asset management and transactions and the use of analytics to tackle fraud, waste and abuse.
 
The Mutual Investment Model (MIM): securing value for money for MIM schemes
Led by: Welsh Treasury
This workshop will explore contract management activities relating to public private partnerships (PPPs) across the UK and how we as Government, can ensure we secure Value for Money.
 
What makes good risk management?
Led by: Government Finance Risk & Assurance Team, with MoJ and HMRC
This session will introduce GFF led work to update the standards on risk management and assurance. It will draw on examples from MoJ and HMRC and explore how departmental risk information can be improved by joining together the work of performance and assurance practitioners and finance business partners to improve strategic insights and inform decision-making. It will conclude by exploring the capabilities required to improve risk management across government.
14:30 - 15:15
Workshop rotation 2
 
An integrated approach to the management of debt owed to government
Led by: Fraud, Error, Debt & Grants Team (Cabinet Office) and Indesser 
This interactive workshop will be delivered by representatives of some of the key stakeholders involved in establishing and delivering a function that was designed to ‘be consistent with best practice, departmental strategic objectives and government priorities, and is effective, efficient and fair in its delivery’. The presenters will take the audience through the journey to date, the valuable learnings and metrics, plus share case study examples of how departments have benefited from initiatives such as advanced tracing (and validating) of gone-away customers, unlocking value from aged debt portfolios, and how data and analytics can maximise return on investment in collections. Throughout the workshop attendees will also be invited to help shape the future of the Debt Centre of Excellence and highlight what they need to support them as they tackle the c£23.5bn overdue debt owed to government.  
 
Can finance predict the future?
Led by: PwC
Acclaimed physicist Niels Bohr once said, ‘It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future’. We concur – the only certainty is that forecasts will be wrong. However, for a decision maker, an important concern is how wrong projections need to be before course correction is required. In this workshop, we will explore how Finance can enhance decision-making through data driven-techniques including AI and robotics.
 
Carillion and commercial failure: reducing risk through collaboration
Led by: HMRC, MoJ and DWP
This workshop will share how Finance functions across three departments have worked with their Commercial, Analytical, and Legal functions and with Cabinet Office to develop tools and methodologies to better understand the financial risks associated with their current suppliers and how we have developed our approach to assessing financial risk at the procurement phase. We’ll outline how we responded to the collapse of Carillion, what we learned from that company’s failure, and share work we’ve done since then to better understand our departments’ suppliers. 
 
 
Effective and fast methodologies to optimize capex expenditure in government portfolio
Led by: McKinsey & Company
The objective of the workshop will be to discuss effective and fast methodologies to optimize capex expenditures in government portfolio. In the Middle East, we have piloted methodologies that are taking out 20-40% of project budgets while achieving the same results. We will share these examples and how they are embedded in government budgeting processes. Furthermore, we will showcase the impact these reviews can have on the government balance sheet.
 
Finance partnerships in government: how we can get the most from the Finance Function
Led by: Government Finance Partnerships Project
In this interactive workshop, we’ll be presenting the first results of our project on how we should engage non-finance colleagues to maximise our impact. We'll also introduce an assessment tool you can use to think about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. We’re also going to use the workshop to create a set of benchmark results for the project, meaning this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and to play a part in shaping the future of the function.
 
Future proofing the Finance Function: how to re-design a transforming service
Led by: HMCTS
This workshop will showcase the work undertaken so far in re-designing the "finance offer" to HMCTS. Central to the workshop will be a discussion of "future-proofing" the finance resource.

 
 
Inclusive recruitment; enabling the future Finance Function
Led by: Michael Page
“What is inclusive recruitment? And why does it matter to the development of a finance workforce? This workshop will discuss the central role that inclusive recruitment plays in attracting and retaining finance staff and the benefits that you will gain from a diverse workforce.”
 
Machinery of government challenge: making sure your department isn’t a loser in a game of no winners
Led by: Cabinet Office and HMRC
By covering everything from announcement to audit, this workshop will address the challenges faced by machinery of government transfers in order to provide delegates with the tools, knowledge and networks to process these changes efficiently and effectively.
 
Planning and performance: improved capability and outcomes
Led by: Government Finance Insight, Planning and Performance Team
Developing a Planning Maturity model has been a central part of the work of the Finance Function this past year in helping departments review where they want to make improvements in planning, risk assurance and performance. This workshop will explore the themes coming out of the recent department self-assessments against the model, and findings from the NAO survey of FDs on business planning, as departments work up their SDPs. Departments will be encouraged to share their action plans and discuss ways the Function can support best practice.  
 
Public-sector productivity: how can we drive productivity growth across the public sector?
Led by: HM Treasury
Raising the UK’s public sector productivity is a prerequisite for maintaining control of public finances while meeting growing demands for world class public services.

This workshop will explore the barriers to improving public sector productivity and seek opportunities for tangible actions to overcome them. 
 
Speed-mentoring
Led by: Government Finance People and Capability Team
An opportunity to have a number of mini mentoring sessions with a variety of leaders. To make best use of the short time available, come prepared with your burning questions and make best use of this opportunity to gain a different perspective.
 
Unlocking the potential of corporate data – the key to driving value from the Finance Function
Led by: Office for National Statistics
ONS Finance will describe the enablers that have helped them to unlock the value of corporate data in order to provide stakeholders with insight that enables efficient decision making; including technology adoption and their journey to a Cloud HCM/ERP Solution.
15:15 - 15:45
Exhibition, coffee and networking
15:45 - 16:10
Keynote speaker: The Influential Finance Leader. Unlocking organisational performance
  • Lars Sudmann, advisor, keynote speaker and executive trainer
16:10 - 16:45
Keynote speaker: future competencies of the finance function
  • Ash Noah - Managing Director, Learning, Education & Development, American Institute of CPAs and CIMA
16:45 - 17:00
Close and reflections
  • Mike Driver, Head of the Government Finance Function & CFO, MOJ
  • James Bowler, DG Public Spending, HMT
  • Cat Little, Director General Finance MOD 
17:00 - 18:30
Hotel check-ins etc
18:30 - 19:30
Pre-dinner refreshments and networking opportunity
19:30 - 22:00
Dinner and Government Finance Function Awards & Internal Audit Awards
 
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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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