Development opportunity for London

HFMA National Annual Conference 2024



In the Autumn of 2022, the London Finance Academy ran a competition for lower banded, under-represented finance staff to attend the 2022 HFMA Annual National Conference in London. The aim was to increase the profiles of the individuals and encourage self-development and career progression through experience and increased networking opportunities.

For the third consecutive year the London Finance Academy is delighted to offer this fantastic development opportunity for the London region. Thanks to the generosity of colleagues at NHS England London we have up to 15 places available for our colleagues across the patch to apply for, so that they can attend the HFMA Annual Conference in London, from 4-6 December 2024.


This provides a brilliant opportunity for those to attend the conference who would not normally get the chance to do so. The conference provides opportunities to network with finance professionals from across the country, to listen to leading figures in NHS finance and world-renowned healthcare speakers. Learn more about the conference here.

The tickets include a 3 day conference pass, including accommodation in London, meals and an invitation to a sponsored networking drinks reception on the Wednesday evening and the prestige gala dinner and award ceremony on the Thursday evening.


If you work at a grade 8a or below you can nominate yourself, or be nominated by a line manager or work colleague, by submitting an application form. If you nominate yourself, please ensure you have the support of your line manager.

Once you have applied, please hold the dates of the conference in your diary. We will notify the winners by Friday 4th October. 

Closing date for nominations is Friday 27th September. 

How the applications was judged?

A panel will review the nominations and award places on merit, ensuring a fair spread across the ICSs.

The panel members will include representation from our regional networks.

Support before, during and after the conference

You will be invited to join an introductory session via Teams to meet NHSE London senior finance staff and provided with tools for networking and understand what to expect at the conference.

You will be assigned a buddy ahead of the conference to help you prepare for the conference. Buddies will be an experienced system partner finance professional to ensure that you are able maximise the networking opportunities.

You will also have the opportunity to network with other competition winners and be made aware of existing and upcoming development opportunities.

Click here to access this years application form.

If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact

2023 Competition Winner Blogs:

Lewis Russell

Assistant Finance Manager, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Read more here

Uzma Zulfiqar

Senior Management Accountant, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Read more here

Evelina Aizupure

PMO Project Manager. North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Read more here