Welcome to the CIPFA North West region

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CIPFA North West is divided into two areas by the River Mersey: the Northern Section covers Cumbria, Lancashire, parts of Manchester and north Merseyside, while the Southern Section includes Cheshire, parts of Manchester and south Merseyside.

The north west local groups provide services to each local area. They promote the institute in their locality and provide a series of events which are designed to meet the objectives of the main society, and meet the CPD requirements of members and training needs of students. We are always interested in hearing from members and students who might like to join the executive in their area!

If you want to be kept informed of events being held in your area, or if you'd like to suggest a theme, speaker or venue, or you would like to join an executive yourself, then contact the relevant area representatives.

A reminder for anyone who may need support: CIPFA's Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available to you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there's no need to register.

Who's who in your region


Carol McDonnell

To contact members of the regional council, visit the who's who page.

Regional blog

Find out what's been going on in the North West by reading updates from council members.

What's going on in your region

CIPFA NW Autumn Conference and Dinner 2023

This year's CIPFA North West Autumn Conference and Dinner will take place on Friday 13th October 2023 at the stunning The Queen at Chester Hotel. Both events offer exceptional value for money, with the conference being held free of charge, and the dinner only costing £30 (plus VAT).

The dinner must be booked separately, please us the links to book your places.

CIPFA North West Autumn Conference

CIPFA North West Autumn Dinner

Audit, Risk and Governance Group

The Audit, Risk and Governance Group provides representation and a series of regular events for audit professionals in the North West. It is chaired by Lesley Bilsborough.

Read about the group's past events and download useful resources.

Mentoring programme

The CIPFA North West Mentoring Programme is open to all members looking to give something back, or who are looking for support as they progress their career. Do you think you could achieve more in your role or career with proper guidance? Or would you like to inspire, guide and support someone in your field so that they reach their full potential?

Find out how to apply as a mentee or a mentor

North West Student Network

Find out more about what we offer CIPFA students in the North West.

Sponsor our region

Find out how to become a sponsor of the North West Region

Managing your membership

    update your contact details and access benefits
  • Membership fees
    current fees and how to pay
  • FAQs
    a list of popular questions to help guide you

Regional forum

A forum for CIPFA members and students in the regions to share ideas, documentation and discuss future plans.

The forum is restricted to CIPFA region members and uses the same login details as the CIPFA website. You will be asked to login if you are not already logged in to the website.

We have produced a guideline document on how to use the forum and some best practice hints and tips to help you get started.