08 Nov 2024

Public Accountability and Governance Training for Audit & Risk Committee Members

This half day seminar examines and reviews the role of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee in providing assurance, independent of the executive, on risk management, governance and internal control.

This programme will cover:

  • The Audit & Risk Assurance Committee: its constitutional position and its role within government departments and arm's length public bodies;
  • The relationship between, and the respective roles of, the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee, the Accounting Officer and the Board (or other governing authority);
  • The committee's role in relation to financial reporting and the governance statement;
  • The committee's role in relation to risk management and anti-fraud measures;
  • The respective contributions of internal and external audit;
  • The Audit & Risk Assurance Committee's challenge function, including reference to case examples where the committee's approach could have been more robust;
  • DoF's Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Handbook together with other relevant guidance;
  • Observations regarding good practice.

Brian Whalley, an independent consultant and acknowledged expert in this field, will present the seminar which includes case study material, extracts from the proceedings of Public Accounts Committees.  The seminar also includes a contribution from a senior representative of the Northern Ireland Audit Office.


There are a limited number of spaces on this course.  To reserve your place please click on the REGISTER button above and enter the password 'topcat' when prompted.

The cost will be £270 + VAT for member organisations, and £370 + VAT for non-member organisations. A light lunch will be provided.

CEF operates on a cost recovery basis, therefore cancellations must be made no later 5 than working days in advance of the event or the full fee will be charged for non-attendance.