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The role of the finance director is in a state of flux - not only because of the emerging phenomenon of the directo...
The role of the finance director is in a state of flux - not only because of the emerging phenomenon of the director of corporate resources, but also because of the vast array of new skills demanded of those who will reach the top of the profession.

In this issue of LGC Finance, we ask what the future holds for today's senior finance manager.

In particular, we examine how the influence of finance directors and the challenges they face have changed within recent years.

The first round of local area agreements has been, by and large, signed off - but what will they mean for

the councils involved? Has the government made good on its promise to converge key funding streams, and

have councils been sufficiently ambitious in their vision of what their agreement can achieve? We investigate whether the scheme is a harbinger of community leadership or a bureaucratic dead end.

Partnerships between councils and the private sector can be a fraught business, as Lambeth LBC has found. Its relationship with support services firm Capita has seen more ups and downs than most. But Richard Hornby, assistant director finance, revenues and business support, explains how mutual trust and respect have successfully turned the relationship around.

We take a look at the attractions on offer at this year's CIPFA conference in Manchester, while Malcolm Tyrer asks whether the local government pension scheme could take a leaf out of Jamie Oliver's well-thumbed cookbook.

We also profile Laura Rowley, head of resources at Shropshire CC and the only local government representative on Sir Michael Lyons' local funding inquiry.

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