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Ask ICAS: Managing COVID-19: insights from CAs in the public sector

January 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public sector has faced unprecedented challenges to deliver services and help support the economy. These efforts are supported by a huge increase in funding for the NHS, social care and business, mostly from UK Government borrowing. In Scotland, this amounts to an extra £9.7 billion for the Scottish budget of over £40 billion in 2020/21, with over 170 spending announcements adding complexity.

Demonstrating appropriate stewardship, maintaining accountability and transparency of the public finances, whilst ensuring funding gets to where it is needed, are essential yet challenging requirements.

Join us to hear CAs working in the public sector across the NHS, local government and audit as they share insights and professional experiences of managing these challenges during and reveal how CA skills were put to good use throughout the pandemic.

As we move towards a post-COVID world, our speakers will also consider the learning points, future opportunities and challenges for the public sector and its finances.

Key themes and topics

  • Public sector management and audit
  • Accountability and transparency of the public finances
  • How CA skills are relevant to the challenge
  • Post-COVID recovery – the consequences, future opportunities and challenges.


  • Alan Gray CA – Director of Finance, NHS Grampian
  • Alasdair Pinkerton CA – Associate Director, NHS Scotland
  • Lorna Meahan CA – Director Economy & Resources, Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Gordon Smail CA – Audit Director, Audit Scotland
  • John Baillie CA (chair) – Board member of the Gambling Commission and former Chair of the Accounts Commission.

(Please note that views and opinions expressed by speakers at ICAS webinars are their own and not necessarily reflective of ICAS’ views.)

Who’s this for?

  • CAs employed in practice and the public sector
  • Anyone interested in public-sector finance

Counts as CPD activity

Depending upon your individual role and training and development needs, watching this webinar can count towards your annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement.

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January 20
11:00 am - 12:00 pm GMT
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