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CPFA Volunteers for CIPFA's Regulatory Committees

CIPFA is looking for volunteers to join its Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel (from which members of Disciplinary and Appeal Committees are drawn).

We especially (but not exclusively) welcome members who have worked at director of finance level within public and private sector organisations, particularly within the NHS, the local authority sector and those with senior audit experience.

Volunteers will:

  • have an interest in improving standards through professional self-regulation
  • be willing to bring their professional experience to bear on issues that may affect the livelihood of fellow CIPFA members
  • posses the ability to understand and analyse complex issues
  • be able to demonstrate sound judgement.

The Disciplinary Scheme

CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme provides a process for consideration of alleged unethical or unprofessional conduct by CIPFA members and students.

The Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel each consist of CIPFA members and independent members (ie non-accountants).

The Investigations Committee assesses whether matters coming to the attention of the Institute should be formally investigated and, following any investigation, whether the member/student has a case to answer.

The Disciplinary Committee adjudicates on disciplinary cases referred by the Investigations Committee for hearing. The committee may impose reprimands, severe reprimands, make orders for suspension or expulsion from the Institute, require members to reimburse client fees and impose fines of up to £10,000.

The Appeal Committee considers appeals from the Disciplinary Committee and may confirm, vary or rescind any order of the Disciplinary Committee.

Both disciplinary and appeal committees conduct business at hearings which are open to the public. The process is adversarial and an independent legal assessor attends all hearings to advise on law and procedure.

The application process

Successful applicants will be required to complete a one-day training programme before appointments are confirmed.

CIPFA will pay travel and subsistence expenses incurred on committee business.

Appointments will normally be for a period of three to five years. The time commitment is approximately six days per annum plus attendance at a training day each year for the Disciplinary Schemes.

Application packs are available here or by emailing

The closing date for applications is 4 November 2019

Interviews will take place the weeks commencing 9 and 16 December 2019 at CIPFA’s offices in Central London.


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