Good Governance In Local Government 2019 Professional Update


Event summary

These events will examine the strengths and weaknesses of governance within local government and consider how the framework, Delivering Good Governance in Local Government, can be applied most effectively. The events will feature the findings from major reports from the National Audit Office and the Committee on Standards in Public Life, due in early 2019. CIPFA Better Governance Forum subscribers can use a prepaid place to attend.


27 February 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


Burlington Hotel
6 Burlington Arcade
126 New Street
West Midlands
B2 4JQ
[See map]

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£290.00 excl VAT

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About this event

CIPFA will provide an update on new developments in governance and share examples of good practice.
Speakers from the National Audit Office will share findings from their report, Governance in Local Government, and consider the strength of local arrangements such as audit committees, statutory officers, external audit and internal audit.
CIPFA will provide updates on new and forthcoming developments including the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s report on ethical standards in local government. We will also consider good practice for annual governance statements and local codes of governance.
Speakers from Grant Thornton will share examples of how effectively local government manages governance risks from auditors’ reviews of value for money arrangements.

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for governance practitioners in local government, including internal auditors, legal and democratic officers, risk managers and finance officers. It is particularly relevant for those who will contribute to governance reviews or annual governance statements.


  • The event will support delegates in ensuring that governance reviews take account of current guidance and stakeholders’ expectations.
  • There will be an opportunity to learn from good practice examples and share current issues with other delegates and speakers.


  • Audit
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Local government
  • / Police

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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.