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.

Part of our Accountability and Governance series, 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 an introductory course for committee members, and is continually updated to ensure that the course leader uses case studies and content that reflects the current, real-life scenarios that are affecting the Committees and challenges that delegates are likely to face in their roles.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each delegate, ensuring that courses are applicable to attendee’s role and organisations so that each delegate can get the most from their training. Our courses and trainers are constantly updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  


Key features:

  • Understanding of the role of the audit and risk assurance committee in government departments, NDPBs 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

Designed for:

This course 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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Summary

Duration

10:00 - 16:15

Price

£595 + VAT

Location

St James’s Park, London

Dates

5 February 2019 Book

17 June 2019 Book

Lead Trainer

Brian Whalley OBE

Brian Whalley OBE

With over 10 years of experience in training senior management and board members, Brian is one of the most experienced and authoritative trainers in accountability, governance and financial management in the UK.

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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.


Publications:

‘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


Qualifications:

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

Lead Trainer

Tony Foster

Tony Foster

Tony has extensive experience in numerous top roles, including Director of ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd, Chief Executive of ICI Chlorchemicals Business and was the first Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

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Tony Foster

Tony Foster

Tony Foster was formerly a Director of ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd, Chief Executive of ICI Chlorchemicals Business and a full-time member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission for nearly a decade.

He was a member of the Council of the Competition Commission for over five years and was the first Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Tony was a member of the Financial Protection Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Board of Trustees of Victim Support.

For six years Tony was a lay member of the Discipline Committee of the ICAEW, where he sat with two members of the Institute to decide on allegations of misconduct. He was also the sole lay member of the Financial Protection Committee of the SRA, responsible for ensuring comprehensive professional indemnity insurance was in place for all practicing solicitors and for the rules, operation and funding of a £50m Compensation Fund.

He is currently one of seven Non-Executive Directors of the Legal Ombudsman, a Non-Executive Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. As a non-executive director of Ellis & Everard plc, Tony guided them from a £100m sales, ICI part owned UK distributor, to an independent £800m worldwide leader in chemicals distribution.

Tony is a founding member of Criminal Cases Review Commission, playing a major role in devising and implementing case review processes from its creation in 1997. He has chaired the Audit Committees of the Competition Commission, AHVLA, and Victim Support.


Qualifications:

  • BA in Chemistry, St John’s College, Oxford

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