Spring Update for Police Audit Committee Members 2024


Event summary

This event will support the members of police audit committees in England and Wales with their role, including key updates on current issues and forthcoming developments.

Members of the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, the CIPFA Better Governance Forum or the AFEP Programme can use a prepaid place to attend this webinar.


21 May 2024
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 13:00



Standard price

£205.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£185.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

The event is suitable for members of police joint audit committees and for those who work closely with the committees.

How will I benefit from attending?

The webinar will deliver:

  • Improved understanding on the forthcoming changes to internal audit standards and the impact on the audit committee’s role.
  • Insight into the policing context and recent policy announcements.
  • Governance arrangements and the audit committee.
  • Police Estate risks and opportunities/asset management.
  • Opportunity for networking and discussion.

CPD hours

Three hours.


  • Audit
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Police

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BGF Spring Update programme 21/05/2024PDF 78.45 KB

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Speaker - Naomi Whitmore

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Naomi is a CIPFA-qualified accountant. She joined CIPFA in 2023 after spending 18 years working in the public sector in both finance and auditing roles. She has worked in both in-house audit teams as well as public sector audit partnerships. She has experience of working across all levels of local government as well as auditing the police, fire, NHS partnerships and education establishments. Naomi delivers events to new auditors, sharing her experiences in internal audit.

Speaker - Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, Better Governance Forum (BGF)

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Diana is lead advisor for the Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA’s representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. She is a CIPFA-qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Prior to joining the institute 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 is 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 - Alison Dewhirst, Police & Fire Associate Advisor

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Alison has worked in and for policing for over 30 years since her first days as a researcher for City of London Police. Alison is passionate about the practical aspects of policy implementation, analysing how initiatives fit together in the bigger picture of policing as a whole.

During her 21 years working as the Police Advisor for CIPFA, she endeavoured to examine these issues and to share good practice being developed by forces and consider their application to other areas, through the CIPFA Police and Fire Network. More recently, she was also involved in the establishment and running of the Achieving Financial Excellence in Policing (AFEP) programme.

Alison was involved in the financial and governance aspects of police reform, including the introduction of police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in 2012 and legislation to allow PCCs to take on the governance of fire and rescue services in 2017. Alison has worked closely with the Home Office, HMICFRS, National Audit Office and Audit Wales over many years. Since leaving CIPFA in December 2021, Alison undertakes consultancy projects in policing and is a police and fire associate advisor for CIPFA.

Alison has an Honours degree in Economics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in Politics (public policy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Webchat is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding UK bank holidays).