360 assurance wins prestigious CIPFA audit award


360 Assurance has been recognised for their outstanding work in a national award scheme from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). 360 Assurance and their host organisation, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, won this year’s prestigious CIPFA Audit Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public Service Audit.

360 Assurance received the award for its excellent and innovative approach to supporting Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) at the highest level. The award was presented by CIPFA President Mike Owen to Tim Thomas, Director, Kevin Watkins, Assistant Director and Annette Tudor, Deputy Director of 360 Assurance.

Tim Crowley, Chair of CIPFA’s Audit Panel, commented:

“Once again, the judges and I were very happy with the quality of entries that we received this year. The entry from 360 Assurance stood out from the start for its excellent and innovative approach in supporting CCGs at the highest level so that new governance arrangements are clear, well-understood and fully reflect good governance principles and practices.

“The method that 360 Assurance has developed also has a high level of transferability within the NHS, but also in other areas of the public sector and we look forward to seeing their presentation at the CIPFA internal audit conference.”

Tim Thomas, Director for 360 Assurance, said:

“Being a CIPFA member, I'm well aware of the history of the Cliff Nicholson Trophy and so on behalf of 360 Assurance and our host organisation, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, I'd like to say how thrilled we are to be the recipient of this award for 2015.

“The work the judges assessed followed a complete reorganisation of 360's business model, the innovation and endeavour of 360 staff and the support of our clients. Confirmation of our work by our peers in the form of this prestigious award is something we value highly.”


Notes to editors

The award was founded by Cliff Nicholson, CIPFA President in 1990, who died in 2011. 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 and was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the audit profession in 1986.

CIPFA’s Internal Audit Conference is taking place in Manchester on the 14-15 May.

About 360 Assurance

Established in July 2013, 360 Assurance is a new organisation which brings together EMIAS and Assure, two long standing internal audit services operating in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.  Predominantly focussed on delivery of services to the Healthcare sector 360 Assurance already has a strong reputation of providing quality services at extremely competitive rates.

The services provided by 360 Assurance are increasingly being recognised within other Sectors, as new and prospective clients recognise the benefit of the quality of our people, their inter-transferable skills and value for money they represent.

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