SAE Media Group are proud to present their inaugural event which aims to provide public, private and third sector organisations with an opportunity to discuss the recent economic and legislative changes which affect local government and authorities' efficiency savings targets.  Listen to case studies of new business models from county and borough councils across the country, and learn from leaders in shared services how a new approach could revolutionise your savings strategies. You will also discover the innovative strategies involving the third sector and social enterprises to increase community involvement and further streamline efficiency within local government.

This new conference is a must-attend event, where you will be able to discuss in a wide forum involving all sectors what is happening in local government, and what the future may hold.  The vital question of 'what next?' will be answered through a series of presentations and networking breaks where people will be able to freely discuss what they really think should be done - and how to go about it.


HEAR from innovative case studies across the UK, demonstrating how new business models can benefit local government

DISCUSS with leading experts topics such as procurement in SMEs, workforce management, auditing back and middle office services, strategic partnering and shared services

LEARN how to renew your approaches to fiscal and workforce efficiency within local government

ADVANCE your professional learning with this CPD accredited course

DEVELOP new relationships between public, private and third sector organisations using the extended networking opportunities

  • Financial Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Head of Asset Management
  • Director of Performance
  • Head of Change Management
  • Associate Director
  • Senior Auditor
  • Economic Analyst
  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Head of HR
  • Director of Workforce Management
  • Head of Organisation Development
  • Senior Commissioning Advisor
  • Finance and Performance Managers
  • Chief Accountant
  • Improvement Manager
  • Chief Executive

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nick Bell

Nick Bell, Executive Director for Finance and Deputy Chief Executive, Essex County Council

9:10 A Case Study: Street Lighting in a Partnership

Darien Goodwin

Darien Goodwin, Head Of Transport, London Borough of Lewisham

·         The street lighting programme as a joint project

·         An overview

·         Issues involved – risks, potential pitfalls and benefits

·         Changing agendas – adapting the scheme


9:50 A Case Study: Redeveloping the Business Model

Nick Bell

Nick Bell, Executive Director for Finance and Deputy Chief Executive, Essex County Council

·         Why the old model is no longer efficient

·         The new strategy

·         Partnering all areas: the benefits of working together

·         The future and lessons learnt


10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 A Case Study: Croydon's Release and Deliver Programme

Sarah Ireland

Sarah Ireland, Performance Director, Croydon London Borough Council

·         Elements of the efficiency savings plan

·         The Gershon Target – how it impacted on efficiency strategies

·         Delivering £30m in savings over 3 years – how was it done?

·         Future strategies to improve savings efficiencies


11:40 Making Better Decisions - the Role of Costing

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, Head of Studies, The Audit Commission

·         All managers need to understand costs and cost control

·         Better costing information should lead to better decisions

·         The role of data quality

·         Cost control and value for money


12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Greenwich Council's £800m Programme

Leon Yohai

Leon Yohai, Assistant Director, Greenwich Council

  • Learn about Greenwich council’s diverse £800 million Modernisation Programme started in 2005
  • Discover how an integrated front office approach to service delivery was developed and delivered
  • Understand how benefits are released from the Programme
  • Gain an insight into effective governance and project management


14:00 Personalised Commissioning

Nigel Keohane

Nigel Keohane, Senior Researcher, New Local Government Network

14:40 Commissioning Projects - Are There Better Ways?

Geoffrey Filkin

Geoffrey Filkin, Former Minister and Chair, 2020 Public Services Trust

·         The fiscal climate for the next decade and why it will demand radical changes in what government does and how it procures it.

·         The importance of commissioning for outcomes, covering the 2020 PST Research project on this and why and how government should move to commissioning outcomes.

·         Developing strategies to find efficient outcomes for projects.


15:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bethan Evans

Bethan Evans, Partner, Head of Communities and Local Government, Bevan Brittan L L P

9:10 Hackney's 10 Step Commissioning Framework

Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis, Director of Partnerships, Hackney Council

  • Place shaping and delivering the sustainable community strategy
  • The strategic commissioning framework and how this is implemented
  • Successes and lessons learnt
  • Next steps for commissioning

9:50 Strategic Commissioning Case Study

·         An overview of the scheme

·         The intention of creating a commissioning model – increased performance accountability and value for money

·         Details of the processes – where were savings made?

·         The future of the project


Guy Clifton

Guy Clifton, Associate Director, Grant Thornton

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive and Commissioner, Torbay Council

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Property Asset Management - Maximising Potential from Current Assets

David Bentley

David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA

·         Considering your current assets – what are they, where are they, and how do they currently perform?

·         How do we maximise property use and potential? – Working our assets better, sharing assets with others

·         Delivering efficiencies from existing assets – a short term fix or long term plan?


11:40 Assessing the Efficiency of Your Business Model

Cecilia Tredget

Cecilia Tredget, Director, Improvement East

·         What still works?

·         Where are the main fiscal losses being made?

·         New approaches to local government models – strategic partnering, outsourcing, in-house strategies etc

·         Role of the RIEPS in supporting the efficiency agenda


12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 The Future for Local Government Bodies – Partnerships, Commissioning and Cost Efficiency

Mark  Luntley

Mark Luntley, Programme Director, Local Government Association

15:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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