Internal audit in local government

Last week, I had the great pleasure of being invited to speak at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) internal audit conference in Manchester. With an audience of some ninety or so internal audit professionals, I took this opportunity to speak about the performance of internal audit in local government and to offer my views on emerging trends for auditors and key developments for the future. Continue reading

Understanding the costs and benefits of sharing services

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Falmouth Exeter Plus, the shared services delivery partner of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, on an exciting project to measure, analyse and model the costs and benefits of collaboration between UK higher education institutions. Continue reading

Sockmonkey supports local charities

It is my firm view that companies should operate ethically and that they should seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. Running my own consultancy practice gives me the opportunity to put these convictions into action. One way in which I do this is through my commitment to donate 10% of the company’s pre-tax profits to support local charities. Continue reading

Think systems, not goals

As the end of the year draws closer, our attention turns inevitably to what we want to achieve in the twelve months to come. It might be a personal goal or a professional one. Or perhaps something for our team. Or for the organisation as a whole. But setting ourselves goals and targets might not, it turns out, be the best way to go at all. Continue reading

In search of evidence

It’s very easy to get excited about new ideas. And when it comes to managing public sector organisations, there are plenty of new ideas about. Whether it’s new public management, performance targets or the marketisation of services, innovative theories of how we can do things better, faster or more cheaply abound. But in the race to leap on the latest bandwagon, we sometimes forget to ask the critical question. Do these shiny new ideas actually work? Continue reading