CIPFA Summer Internal Audit Update


Event summary

The Summer Internal Audit Update is CIPFA’s main event for internal audit professionals in the public services. Chaired by CIPFA President Sarah Howard, the event features expert speakers from across the public services to share leading internal audit practice and address the specific challenges faced by the sector. Subscribers to the CIPFA Better Governance Forum can use a prepaid place to attend.


13 June 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:30


The Aston Triangle
West Midlands
B4 7ET
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Standard price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The event will provide updates on professional developments, including the 2019 edition of the CIPFA Statement on the Role of the Head of Internal Audit and consultation on the CIPFA Financial Management Code. 

The update will also focus on specific topics for audit assurance including auditing risk management, digital services and assurance across organisational boundaries. It will also feature a case study of a significant fraud that resulted from weak internal control in a contracted service. The case study will consider learning points from the subsequent review of controls.

A practical facilitated session will address the challenges of speaking truth to power and how to maintain personal resilience.

Who should attend?

The event is for all internal auditors working with public sector organisations.

How will I benefit from attending this event?

By attending the internal audit update, delegates will:

  • Learn from the sharing of good practice in internal auditing, including speakers shortlisted for the Public Finance Awards for internal audit.
  • Hear from speakers who are experts in the public sector context, ensuring that the sessions are relevant and practical.

Highlights of the event

Highlights of the event include:

  • CIPFA President Sarah Howard will chair the event, providing an update on CIPFA developments including the new Statement on the Role of the Head of Internal Audit.
  • Rich Clarke, member of the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board, will address the professional and practical issues of auditing risk management. 
  • Shortlisted for the Public Finance Award for Internal Audit, Sarah Dowbekin will share the work of Mersey Internal Audit Agency on delivering assurance across organisational boundaries.
  • Diana Melville, Governance Advisor at CIPFA, will consider the continuing challenges of auditing in the public services, in particular those challenges arising from financial and governance stresses.
  • Author and facilitator Dawn Reeves will lead a session on personal resilience and maintaining professional ethics.
  • Kevin Bartle and Caroline Glitre will consider the importance of ensuring oversight and robust control of contracted services, drawing lessons from the recent £2m fraud at a London borough.

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Central government
  • / Ethics
  • / Governance
  • / Health and social care
  • / Internal audit
  • / Local government
  • / Professional development
  • / 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.

Speaker - Dawn Reeves

Dawn Reeves

Dawn Reeves is an author and facilitator who specialises in making positive change in the public sector. A former Local Authority Corporate Director, Dawn has published two novels, political thrillers set in local government. Hard Change, was published in 2013 and We know what we are – published by Shared Press in October 2017 - is a gritty story of integrity, loyalty, football and local politics.

Dawn has been commissioned by SOLACE to write and curate two books about the future of the public service: 'Holding up the Mirror' – true stories of public service in a post-truth world (out at this Summit) and 'Change the Ending'. In 2016, on behalf of the LGA, Solace and the PPMA, Dawn produced 'Walk Tall – Being a 21st Century Public Servant' – these books are creative collaborations bringing stories that matter alive for organisations and individuals. Dawn has facilitated workshops on the 21st Century Public Service in many councils. She has written for the Guardian and was the writer-in-residence at CIPFA. She an accredited professional member of the International Association of Facilitators (CPF), one of only 70 in the UK.

Speaker - Fran Collingham

Fran Collingham

Fran Collingham began her career as a journalist before becoming a local government communications professional, spending 13 years at Coventry City Council where she was its assistant director for communications. She now works as a communications consultant, LGA Associate (providing councils with communications support and advice) and as a writer and editor for Shared Press - writing, editing and curating books about and for the public sector.

Speaker - Rich Clarke

Rich Clarke

Rich has worked in audit for nearly 20 years, starting as a CIPFA trainee with the Audit Commission in London. After qualifying in 2005, Rich worked as an Audit Manager across health and local government with particular interest in performance and governance. Joining KPMG in 2011, Rich took on internal audit roles and project work including consulting on risk and projects. In 2014 he became Head of Audit at the Mid Kent Partnership: a group of four district councils. At Mid Kent Rich’s role goes beyond audit into responsibility for risk management, counter fraud and investigative work. Rich is also the local government representative on the Internal Audit Standards Board. Other roles include Chair of Kent Audit Group and London Audit Group Executive.

Speaker - Sarah Dowbekin

Sarah Dowbekin

Sarah has significant experience of leading and delivering audit and assurance services across the public sector including within central government and the NHS. She currently works for MIAA as a Senior Audit Manager and is the engagement manager for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group as well as a number of other MIAA clients. Sarah is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is a member of the CIPFA Internal Audit Special Interest Group and the CIPFA North West Audit, Risk and Governance Group.