Introduction to the Knowledge and Skills of the Audit Committee


Event summary

This event offers knowledge and skill development for audit committee members through briefings and in-depth guidance on key areas of responsibility and topical issues.


21 February 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:30


Hilton Garden Inn
Brunswick Square
Brindley Place
West Midlands
B1 2HW
[See map]

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£290.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Key features of the workshop include:

  • briefings on recent and emerging governance issues to keep audit committee members up-to-date
  • guidance on the knowledge and skills audit committees should have, featuring a practical session
  • guidance on the audit committee role in relation to internal audit, risk management and assurance
  • discussion and guidance on overcoming the barriers to audit committee excellence.

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for members of audit committees in the public services and for those who work closely with the committee. The training assumes some basic knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the committee but is suitable for both new and more experienced audit committee members who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills.

How will I benefit?

Delegates will: 

  • gain a better understanding of how the audit committee can work with others to improve the management of their organisation's risk and the effectiveness of audit and assurance
  • improve the practical skills required of committee members 
  • develop a better appreciation of where an audit committee can add value.

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Central government
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Local government
  • / 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.