Finance and procurement staff win national award

Thu 26 Apr, 2018

The staff who handle Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority’s annual budget of around £28.5 million have won a prestigious national award.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Finance and Procurement team, who are based at Headquarters in Aylesbury, were named Finance Team of the Year in the Local Services section of the Public Finance Innovation Awards 2018 at a ceremony in London last night (Wednesday 25 April).

The judges said: “Finance teams across the local government sector are continuing to operate effectively – and with passion – in challenging circumstances. Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority achieved a lot with a small team through collaboration and flexibility.”

They noted that the team had risen to the challenge of helping the organisation become more efficient and responsive, and that it placed a premium on learning, development and professional qualifications to facilitate internal promotion.

Mark Hemming, Deputy Director of Finance and Assets, who oversees the nine-strong team, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and a great recognition of all the hard work the team has put in over the past year. We are all very proud that we have been recognised nationally.

“The team continually looks to innovate in order to provide the best possible service to internal and external stakeholders, and to provide best value to the residents of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.”

The other finalists in the category, sponsored by CIPFA-Penna, were: Adult Social Care Team, Middlesbrough Council; Finance and Business Partnering Team, Livin Housing; Financial Management Team, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council; and Financial Services, Dorset Council Partnership.