Accountability & Governance for Arm’s Length Bodies

“One of the best courses I have attended in the last twenty years - The day has flown by and I would happily have come back tomorrow!”

Ministry of Defence

For those in newly appointed board member and senior staff positions working within Arm’s Length Bodies, an introduction to accountability is vital as these roles require a working knowledge of how ALB’s interact with the government, and for employees to have a full appreciation of their duties and responsibilities.

Designed to give participants the knowledge needed to effectively support their Accounting Officer within an Arm’s Length Body, this one-day Accountability and Governance for Arm’s Length Bodies training course addresses all the essential aspects of a delegate’s new roles including the role of the Accounting Officer, the audit and risk assurance committee, the board and current government policy.

Accountability & Governance for Arm's Length Bodies is our face to face programme from our signature Accountability & Governance series. At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisation, ensuring that each participant gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible. 

Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

Learning Outcome

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Key Training Features:

  • The role of the Accounting Officer
  • The rationale for ALBs
  • Current government policy
  • The oversight role of the sponsoring department
  • The Board - Board Governance Training
  • The audit and risk assurance committee
  • Current developments in ALB governance

Who Can Attend:

This government training course on Accountability and Governance for Arm’s Length Bodies is suitable for newly appointed Board Members and Senior Managers across Arm’s Length Bodies, NHS bodies, blue light services. Those in sponsoring departments within the Civil Service who wish to gain a better insight into their responsibilities regarding oversight of all aspects of ALB governance are also welcome.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between ALBs and their sponsoring departments, the opportunity to focus on public sector governance and accountability arrangements and how these might differ from a private sector entity as well as a better understanding and appreciation of the governance responsibilities of board members and senior managers (including the Accounting Officer).


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10:00 - 16:00


£625 + VAT


Westminster, London

Face to Face

9 September 2022 Book5

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.


Lead Trainer

Bill Malloy

Bill Malloy

Bill has first-hand experience of working in a variety of public sector organisations including; central and local government, ALBs, police and NHS Foundation Trusts.

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Bill Malloy

Bill Malloy

Bill has significant first-hand experience in the public sector across central government, Arms Length Bodies, Police, local government and NHS Foundation Trusts. He has advised on reporting for the Intelligence and Security Committee and has appeared at the Public Accounts Committee.

He brings the practical knowledge and application of governance and accountability across different tiers of government and public sector bodies.

A qualified public sector accountant (CPFA) with additional qualifications from CIMA and an MBA.


Lead Trainer

Brian Whalley OBE

Brian Whalley OBE

Brian has over 10 years of experience in training senior management and board members on accountability, governance and financial management.

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Brian Whalley OBE

Brian Whalley OBE

Brian regularly provides induction and board development programmes for non-executive board members of government departments, executive agencies, Non-departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and public corporations. He has run programmes for over 100 Non-Departmental Public Bodies, and other Arm's Length Bodies, and is experienced in working in all UK jurisdictions.

Brian has written guidance material on numerous governance topics such as the management of conflicts of interest, as well as a guide to working in central government for newly appointed non-executive board members of government departments.

On an international level, Brian has delivered programmes on accountability, governance and financial management in Macedonia, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Hungary, Poland and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Brian is a qualified management accountant (ACMA), has a teaching qualification, and holds an MA in Management Learning.


‘A Guide to Propriety for RDA Board Members’, Department of Trade and Industry

‘Working in Government: A Guide for Non-executive Board Members of Government Departments’, Cabinet Office


  • Qualified management accountant (ACMA)
  • Holds a teaching qualification
  • MA in Management Learning, University of Lancaster 

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