Introduction to Audit & Risk Assurance Committees

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It is crucial that newly appointed Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Members are fully inducted into their new roles and that practising Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Members keep their understanding of the committee’s functions up to date and relevant in order for the Committee to function as effectively as possible.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of the Committee in relation to governance, risk, internal control and financial management. It also clearly establishes the committee’s role firmly in the central government context, with reference to the governance and financial management arrangements that apply to government departments, non-ministerial departments, NDPBs and public corporations.

Introduction to Audit and Risk Assurance Committees is from our Accountability & Governance series. At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, 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 Outcomes

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Key Training Features:

  • Understanding of the role of the audit and risk assurance committee in government departments, Non-
    Departmental Public Bodies and other public bodies
  • Practical insights into best practice for Audit and Risk Assurance Committees
  • How audit committees should interact with internal and external auditors and their reports

Who Can Attend:

This course on Introduction to Audit & Risk Assurance Committees is designed for members of departmental and ALB Audit and Risk Assurance Committees, as well as executive team members who work with the ARAC, such as committee secretary and internal audit staff.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain a better understanding of the function of an ARAC and the roles and responsibilities of their membership. This will help to enhance their confidence as members of ARACs and thus improve the performance of the Committees as a whole.


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10:00 - 16:00


£625 + VAT


Westminster, London

Face to Face

7 September 2022 Book6

11 November 2022 Book6

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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