Development Day for Local Authority Audit Committees


Event summary

These events provide audit committee members with the latest new guidance from CIPFA on audit committees and will support the development of effective audit committee arrangements. CIPFA published a new Position Statement and supporting guidance in 2018 and the workshop provides the opportunity to take stock of audit committee arrangements and plan improvements. Better Governance Forum prepaid places can be used to book this event.


16 January 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:30


Novotel York Hotel
YO10 4FD
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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 event will focus on key aspects of CIPFA’s audit committee guidance that can be used to review audit committee effectiveness, including the role of co-opted independent members. The event will also feature a co-opted member as guest speaker to outline how arrangements work in practice.

Also included is an update on current risks and developments impacting on local authority governance and audit. There will also be a detailed session considering assurance over financial resilience, a key challenge for many authorities.

The workshop will be delivered by Diana Melville, author of the latest guidance.

Who should attend?

The workshop is suitable for members of audit committees in local authorities and for officers supporting the committee.


Benefits of the workshop include:

  • helping audit committee members have a better understanding of their role and how they can help the committee to be most effective
  • providing plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions and will encourage sharing of practice between the delegates.


  • Audit
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Local government
  • / Sustainability
  • / Value for money

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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.