Procurement and Contract Audit Summit


Event summary

CIPFA’s annual seminar on procurement and contract audit focuses on current risks and challenges in the field of commissioning, procurement and contract management. It highlights key areas that internal auditors should be considering in their audit plans and shares examples of good practice.


26 September 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:40


Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel
303 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 4LQ
[See map]

Standard price

£295.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Expert speakers will highlight key areas of risk and share good practice. The following topics are included in this year’s event:

  • The impact of Brexit on public sector supply chains
  • GDPR and contracted services
  • Procurement across government and improving data on contracting
  • Auditing care contract arrangements
  • Use of blockchain in procurement and contracting
  • Assurance on ethical standards for public service providers.

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for internal auditors and procurement specialists.

Subscribers to the Better Governance Forum and the Procurement and Commissioning Network can use a prepaid place to attend.

How will I benefit?

Delegates will be updated on a range of current risks and challenges in procurement and contract management. The event will support risk management and assurance work in this field, sharing examples of good practice.

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Central government
  • / Commissioning
  • / Education finance and academies
  • / Ethics
  • / Governance
  • / Health and social care
  • / Housing
  • / 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.

Speaker - Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network (CPCN)

Mohamed Hans

Mohamed Hans joined CIPFA in 2004 after working as a senior commercial solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire local authorities. He is an expert on the European Public Procurement Rules and has written extensively on this topic as well as developed widely used practitioner toolkits. He is also invited to speak at conferences (UK and abroad) and is often the first point of contact for practitioners understanding complex procurement issues. He manages the CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network which has nearly 100 member authorities. E:, T: 01924 461825.