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Lay Members for CIPFA's Regulatory Committees

CIPFA is seeking to appoint independent members to its Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel (from which members of Disciplinary and Appeal Committees are drawn) under CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme.

Applicants must:

  • have the ability to understand and analyse complex issues, identify and comprehend relevant facts and follow evidence and arguments
  • have a sound sense of judgement and common sense, the ability to think logically, weigh evidence and reach sound, well-founded decisions, an openness of mind and objectivity
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work with others in reaching decisions
  • be trustworthy, truthful and honest with an instinct for fair dealing
  • be able to maintain confidentiality
  • be available for an average of six days per annum.
Experience of casework and dealing with disputes or complaints is desirable, though not essential.

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 are required to complete a training programme of one day’s duration. 

Committee members are paid a daily rate plus travel and subsistence expenses incurred on committee business. Appointments will normally be for a period of three to five years.

Application packs are available here or by emailing  

The closing date for applications is 4 November 2019

Interviews will take place the week commencing 9 and 16 December 2019 at CIPFA’s offices in Mansell Street, London.


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