A Practical Understanding of Good Governance in Local Government


Event summary

This workshop will provide delegates with an understanding of the framework underpinning the Annual Governance Statement: Delivering Good Governance in Local Government, CIPFA and Solace 2016.

It considers the principles and shares examples of what good practice might look like, together with advice on putting it into practice.

CIPFA Better Governance Forum members can use a prepaid place to attend.


15 January 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
Greater London
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£290.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The framework of good governance underpins the vision and objectives of a local authority and provides confidence that its decisions are well made. It supports ethical working and public accountability. This workshop will help delegates to gain a deeper understanding of the framework principles and consider the practical aspects of putting them into practice, including:

  • developing a local code
  • obtaining assurance on governance
  • preparing the Annual Governance Statement.

The workshop will be delivered by Diana Melville a member of the working group that assisted in the preparation of the framework and supporting guidance notes.

Who should attend

The workshop will be of interest to anyone with a governance role or working on governance reviews or assurance, including: governance managers, internal auditors, risk managers, finance and legal professionals, strategic directors, audit committee members and councillors. 


Benefits of attending include:

  • Delegates will have a greater understanding of how governance underpins the delivery of outcomes in a local authority.
  • They will also gain examples of good practice and practical advice on working with the framework.


  • Audit
  • / Ethics
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Local government
  • / Police
  • / Risk management

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Speaker - Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, Better Governance Forum (BGF)

Diana Melville

Diana is the lead advisor for the CIPFA Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA’s representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. She is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2008 she was head of internal audit at Salisbury Council and held other audit roles in local government and at the National Audit Office.

She has authored the 2018 edition of Audit Committees, Practical Guidance for Local Authorities and Police and co-developed the CIPFA Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption (2014). She was part of the CIPFA working group that developed the Good Governance Framework for Local Government (2016) and supports other CIPFA policy initiatives and publications on governance, internal audit and counter fraud.