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 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 NAO and Cabinet Officer regarding the relationship between ALBs and their sponsoring departments; public sector governance and accountability arrangements and how these influence role of senior executives and non executive board members; 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 Offcer (particularly with regard to setting the tone and establishing a culture of compliance); 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; recently issued guidnace 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.

Tailored in-house training

Civil Service College can deliver In-House training within your organisation that is exactly tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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