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CPFA Volunteers for CIPFA's Regulatory Committees

Volunteering opportunities for CIPFA Members on CIPFA’s regulatory committees

CIPFA is looking for volunteers to join its Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel (from which 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 local authority and NHS sectors, and those with senior audit experience.

Volunteers will have an interest in improving standards through professionally led regulation, be willing to bring their professional experience to bear on issues that may affect the livelihood of fellow CIPFA members, possess the ability to understand and analyse complex issues and be able to demonstrate sound judgement.

The Disciplinary Scheme

CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme provides a process for the consideration of alleged unethical or unprofessional conduct by CIPFA members and students by independent regulatory committees/panels. 

The Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel each consist of CIPFA members and lay/independent members (i.e. 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. 

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

An 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 (currently held online) which are open to the public. The process is adversarial and an independent legal assessor attends all hearings to advise on law and procedure.


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 five years. The time commitment is approximately six days per annum plus attendance at a training day each year.

Closing date: 9.00am GMT on 3 January 2023. 

Interview dates: 8-10 February and 22 & 23 February 2023 remotely on MS Teams.


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