Newton Europe sponsors the CIPFA CFO summit

03 July 2015 Consultancy.uk

Newton Europe has, for the second time, signed up as sponsor of the CIPFA CFO Summit organised on 7 July. The summit functions as the kick-off of CIPFA’s annual Conference and Exhibition, open to public finance and accountancy professionals, taking place in London from 7 to 9 July.

On an annual basis, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy* (CIPFA) organises its Annual Conference and Exhibition. This year’s event is themed Aligning public services – Forging a sustainable legacy. The event is expected to welcome more than 1,000 public finance and accountancy professionals from across all public services, who will be able to discuss, debate and overcome challenges in the profession, gain contacts and network with each other, develop their skills and enhance their personal and professional portfolio.

The conference takes place from 7 to 9 July at the Novotel London West Hotel.

Newton Europe sponsors the CIPFA CFO summit

CIPFA CFO Summit
The two-day event will kick off with the CFO Summit, which will focus on “the risks in the wider economic context and their immediate implications for public service spending, how CSR will shape up and how public services need to shape their futures to transform for the medium term.”

Consulting firms
For consulting firms, the summit provides an ideal platform to showcase their thought leadership, expertise and solutions to (potential) clients and learn from best practices from other experts in the field. For the second year, Newton Europe signed as sponsor of the CFO Summit.

* The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the professional body for people in public finance, has 14,000 members working in public services, national audit agencies, accountancy firms.

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Event explores the future of project management

03 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Dada Enterprises, a business consultancy based in London, recently featured on a panel of speakers to explore the key forces impacting on future projects and organisations at the University of West London (UWL) Claude Littner Business School. This was as part of a special evening organised by AK Optimize to commemorate the inaugural West London Project Hub. 

This packed event pulled together dynamic speakers who explored topics facing the future of project management in the UK. The diverse topics included artificial intelligence, project management apprenticeships and future talent management, how to deliver a major project like Thames Tideway, PMOs delivering strategic value, project leadership and Brexit and its implications for project managers.

The event kicked off with an opening address from Amerjit Walia, Director of Project Programs at AK Optimize, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Association of Project Management (APM). Walia explained that the inaugural event was part of a strategy which aims to make the UWL Claude Littner Business School a centre of excellence for project management. 

Jonathan Norman, Knowledge Hub Manager at the Major Projects Association, then introduced the Major Project Knowledge Hub. This Knowledge Hub aims to improve major project initiation, delivery and innovation through the sharing of knowledge and best practices as defined by an active, global user community. It is an open access source of insight, activities and events designed to encourage knowledge-sharing, collaboration and better planning, initiation and execution of major projects within the UK.

Event explores the future of project management

Sachin Melwani, Managing Director of Dada Enterprises, author of ‘How to Brexit Proof Your Project Strategy’, gave an overview of the constantly shifting Brexit timeline, the various Brexit options available and the potential project delivery impacts. Sachin then shed light on the operational impacts of Brexit, and the practical measures that firms can take to mitigate them. He argued that impact assessments are a major priority, and companies should seek to push ahead on them sooner rather than later. Failure to do so could also leave firms exposed to heightened contingency planning and transition costs as they scramble to be ready – and the cost of contingency planning at the last minute inevitably comes with a sizeable premium.

The event, which coincided with the National Apprenticeship Week 2019, was set-up by Caspar Bartington, Education Manager at the Association for Project Management (APM) – Europe’s largest professional body for project management. 

Steve Wells, acclaimed futurologist, was also on hand to explain the core question of how humanity can be kept at the centre of the AI story in the face of powerful technological shifts reshaping the world and straining the old social fabric. Steve put AI in the context of the other highly disruptive changes happening in parallel which are creating a more complex and multi-faceted business world (e.g. trade tensions, data security, war, terrorism, natural disasters).

Richard Lewis, Client Programme Manager at Tideway London, provided a dose of reality by explaining how topics like apprenticeships, Brexit and AI were not just theories but ‘real’ issues that had to be dealt with at Tideway London to secure the resource base and improve safety management and construction planning. As Client Representative for the Tideway programme (valued at £3.4 billion), Richard reports to the COO and is responsible for the performance of the Programme Management Contractor. Acting as the key client representative to programme-wide external stakeholders, Richard chairs the Alliance Management team consisting of three joint ventures. Richard gave an overview of the Tideway programme, outlining its pioneering engineering initiatives and value for London.

Finally, Stuart Easton, CEO of Transparent Choice, an expert in project prioritisation, explained how companies should constantly measure strategic alignment. This enables businesses to eliminate waste from their supply chains and eliminate the subsequent costs they incur, while allowing for heightened focus on key projects. Easton explained that an AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) is "the way" forward, and no shortcut will work in its place.

Related: Dada Enterprises event explores Brexit impact on project delivery.