Southend-on-Sea borough councils internal audit services win CIPFAs Cliff Nicholson Award


Ground-breaking internal audit work carried out by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been recognised in a national award scheme by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The council’s Internal Audit Services team won this year’s Cliff Nicholson Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public Service Audit.

The award was presented to Linda Everard, Head of Southend-on-Sea’s Internal Audit at CIPFA’s annual Audit Conference dinner. 

The council’s team had established an internal audit working group, joined by a number of local services to provide ground-breaking audit work. This included a cross-partner review of the Local Safeguarding Children Board where the Council, health, police and probation services co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people within the local area.

Falkirk Council and Cambridgeshire Health Internal Audit Service were also highly commended by the award judging panel.

On presenting the award, CIPFA Audit Panel Chair, Anthony Barrett said:

‘Congratulations to the team at Southend on a truly excellent and innovative piece of work.’

Linda Everard, Head of Internal Audit at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council who received the award on behalf of her colleagues said:

‘We are proud to be recognised by CIPFA for working with our public sector partners to help the Southend Local Strategic Partnership assess whether services, which rely on cross sector working, are delivering real outcomes to the public and specifically local children.’

The award was founded by Cliff Nicholson, CIPFA President in 1990, who passed away earlier this month.  At the end of his presidential year, he established the eponymous award to encourage the development of the audit profession and recognise outstanding work in the field of audit. Cliff had a distinguished career in public services for over 40 years, most of that time in local government audit. He was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the audit profession in 1986. Cliff will be warmly remembered by his friends at CIPFA and people working throughout the public services.


Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
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Notes to Editors:

The Cliff Nicholson Award for Innovation and Excellence is an annual award that is presented for outstanding work in the field of audit. This award is now in its 20th year and always attracts a wide variety of entries from a wide range of sectors including local government, health, housing and education.

Photographs of the Award ceremony are available from the CIPFA Press Office.


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