Recent events

Accounting and reporting by Northern Ireland charities: where are we and where are we going? (December 2017)‌

The “Accounting and reporting by Northern Ireland charities: where are we and where are we going?” Conference was organised, on the 13th December 2017, by the Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR) at Queen’s University Belfast, in association with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and supported by Chartered Accountants Ireland. The day was a chance for academia, industry and practice to join forces and participate in a lively discussion about where charity accounting is going and how it should develop further. 

The Conference, chaired by Dr. Mariannunziata Liguori (from CNPR), saw the participation of a number of important names in the area. The speakers were, in order of appearance:
• Professor Noel Hyndman (Director CNPR),
• Professor Andrew Hind (Cass Business School, former Chief Executive, Charity Commission for England & Wales, and former Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board),
• Myles McKeown (Head of Compliance and Enquiries, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland),
• Professor Ciaran Connolly (CNPR),
• Frances McCandless (Chief Executive, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland), who also chaired a final session of questions and answers.

67 people were registered for the event; among the audience, managers and accounting experts from practice and charity sector in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Conference ended with the promise, by all the intervening parts, to meet again soon with the task to evaluate the new advancements in the sector regulation and structure.‌

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EIASM: 11TH WORKSHOP ON THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING THE THIRD SECTOR (June 2017)

The 11th EIASM Workshop on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector was hosted, on the 14th and 15th June 2017, in Belfast by the Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR) at Queen’s University. The workshop was sponsored and co-organised by EIASM, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. The event was also linked to a Special Issue of the Accounting, Finance & Governance Review (editors Noel Hyndman, Bernd Helmig and Marc Jegers).

The third sector (broadly defined in terms of voluntary, charitable, co-operative, religious, health and educational organisations, which operate outside the confines of the private ‘for-profit’ and public sectors) is facing a rapidly changing environment which challenges its efficient management and continuation. This includes not only financial and fundraising aspects, but also marketing, human resources and management activities. The workshop discussed the current state of the art of third sector organisations and examined the contextual conditions and organisational arrangements that can better support the effective operation of these organisations

The local organisers of the workshop were Professor Noel Hyndman (director of the CNPR), Doctor Mariannunziata Liguori and Doctor Danielle McConville (all from Queen’s Management School). Thirty-one delegates were present, covering a number of countries, including Australia, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Germany and Norway. The papers presented adopted a range of different research and methodological approaches, often interdisciplinary in nature.

EIASM Workshop June 2017

CNPR Conference (Jan 2017)

On Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th January 2017 the Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR) at Queen’s University Belfast hosted the conference “Public Services and Charities: Accounting, Accountability and Governance at a Time of Change”. Among the organisers of the conference were Professor Noel Hyndman (director of the CNPR), Doctor Mariannunziata Liguori, Doctor Danielle McConville and Professor Donal McKillop (all from Queen’s Management School).

The conference was sponsored by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)’s Public Services and Charities Special Interest Group and linked to a Special Issue of the British Accounting Review: “Public Services and Charities: Accounting, Accountability and Governance at a Time of Change”.

Thirty-four papers were accepted for presentation and sixty delegates with a very international background took part in the conference, representing countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland and UK.

The event, that took place in the stunning venue of Riddel Hall and its courtyard, was a success and created a forum that brought together experts and scholars on topics related to both public sector and not-for-profit accounting and finance from all over the world. 

CIPFA Conference (Oct 2016)

On the 11th October 2016 the CIPFA Northern Ireland 25th Annual Conference – “A new approach to public services”- took place in Riddel Hall, sponsored by the Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR) at Queen’s University Belfast.

Important speakers from both practice and academia were present, with names of high calibre and reputation, such as Andrew Hind (Outgoing Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board), Tony Bovaird (Emeritus Professor of Public Management and Governance at the University of Birmingham), and Marie Mallon (Chair of the Labour Relations Agency).

In 2016 an ambitious programme for government was launched in Northern Ireland, proposing a new approach to service design and delivery. The CIPFA's 25th Annual Conference addressed these issues and highlighted good practice examples, from both the UK and abroad, inspiring leadership and providing a fruitful meeting point for both practitioners and scholars.