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Lay Members for CIPFA's Regulatory Committees

Volunteering opportunities for Lay Members on CIPFA’s regulatory committees

CIPFA is seeking to appoint Lay members to its Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel (from which members of Disciplinary and Appeal Committees are drawn) under CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme. Information about the Disciplinary Scheme is given below.

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 6 days per annum.

Experience of casework and dealing with disputes or complaints is desirable, though not essential.

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 5 years.

Closing date: 9.00am GMT on 3 January 2023. 

Interviews dates: on 8 -10 and 22 & 23 February 2023 and will be held via remote link.

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 lay members (i.e. non-accountants, also known as independent members).

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 at hearings. 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.

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

Both the 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.


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