Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Update For Police Audit Committee Members


Event summary

This half-day webinar will provide members of police joint audit committees with up to date briefings on developments in policing, accounting, audit and governance issues. There will also be an opportunity to raise issues and questions during the webinar.

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


25 May 2021
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 13:00

Standard price

£175.00 excl VAT

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About this event

We will cover the latest governance issues, including CIPFA's bulletin on the annual governance statement for 2020/21, and developments in finance, such as the CIPFA Financial Management Code, due for implementation in April 2021. We will also consider the latest strategic policing developments and the implications for police joint audit committees.

Who should attend

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


Attendees to this event will:

  • find out about the latest accounting, audit and governance arrangements for 2020/21 in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and the implications for police joint audit committees
  • hear about the latest strategic policing issues and financial issues facing police forces and OPCCs, and implications for joint audit committees
  • learn of the challenges for internal audit in policing and the key areas for joint audit committees
  • be able to raise issues and ask questions of the presenters and members of other police joint audit committees

CPD hours



  • Audit
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Internal audit
  • / Police
  • / Shared services

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Speaker - Alison Dewhirst, Police Advisor, Police Network

Alison has worked in and for policing for over 25 years since her first days as a researcher for City of London Police and has experienced an incredible amount of change in the sector over that time. She runs the CIPFA Police and Fire Network, running events and writing publications. Alison also manages the CIPFA Police and Fire Panel and oversees the coordination of its sub-groups.

She works closely with colleagues in the CIPFA Policy and Technical team, the Networks team and across CIPFA on a whole range of finance and governance related issues affecting police and fire services.

E:, T: 07769 673927

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

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.