NewSupporting the Accounting Officer

Key features:

  • A reminder of the key features of the role of the ALB Accounting Officer;
  • The essentials of Managing Public Money as they apply to ALBs;
  • Current government policy regarding the rationale for, and departmental oversight of and relationships with, ALBs;
  • Key aspects of ALB governance including the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee;
  • Practical case studies regarding regularity propriety and value for money;
  • The scrutiny roles of the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Public Accounts Committee;
  • Relationships between the executive team and the ALB board;
  • The role of the ALB board;
  • A comprehensive round-up of current guidance.

Designed for:

This highly practical programme is designed to appeal to senior leadership teams in Executive Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, Non Ministerial Departments and unclassified public bodies, and provides an update on current developments in public accountability (including the role of the Accounting or Accountable Officer), governance requirements for ALBs, recently issued guidance and amendments to Managing Public Money, and current policy regarding the relationship between ALBs and their sponsor department.

Learning outcomes:

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • the rationale for ALBs and current insights from Parliament, the NAO and Cabinet Officer regarding the relationship between ALBs and their sponsoring departments; 
  • public sector governance and accountability arrangements and how these influence the role of senior executives and non-executive board members.

We will describe in detail the role of an ALB accounting Officer with particular emphasis on the need for reliable assurance and the role of senior managers in supporting the Accounting Officer (particularly with regard to setting the tone and establishing a culture of compliance).

The course will also cover current parliamentary expectations regarding the proper conduct of public business (incorporating regularity and propriety) including illustrations and case studies based on organisations who have failed to comply with the standards expected of central government bodies, recent pronouncements from Parliament and the NAO relating to ALB governance; and newly issued guidance relating to ALB governance and accountability.





10:00 - 16:00


Offered to single client organisations. Please contact us for a quotation




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 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.

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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.


‘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 
Tailored in-house training

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