Joint Audit and Standards Committee
The Joint Audit and Standards Committee is composed of four members that meet five times throughout the year in line with the recommendations of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The Committee provides an independent assurance function in respect of the arrangements for governance. This includes assurance on financial and non-financial performance where there is an implication for exposure to risk or where there may be a weakening of the internal control environment. The Committee is responsible for assurance on the overall adequacy of risk management arrangements and will oversee the financial reporting process. The Committee also serves as a standards committee. These are important roles that make a significant contribution to public assurance about the integrity, internal controls and standards that are adhered to within these public offices. Standing Orders which regulate the business of the committee were approved on 14 December 2012.
The arrangements for the Committee within the Commissioner’s wider audit framework is set out within an Internal Audit Charter. The Committee reviews its effectiveness on an annual basis against the CIPFA guidance for audit committees that includes specific reference to their role within the governance arrangements for policing. The outcome of the review can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Meet the Committee
Fiona comes to the OPCC with a strong public sector audit background. Having worked for the Audit Commission for more than 20 years in a variety of roles, including being appointed District Auditor, Fiona then went on to senior financial management and leadership roles. As well as being a member of the Joint Audit and Standards Committee Fiona has a portfolio of other appointments including working for the Local Government Association on setting up a successor body to the Audit Commission; sitting as an independent appointments panel member for the Judicial Appointment Commission; an accountant member of the Financial Reporting Council’s disciplinary panel and; chair of a local charity.
Jack has spent his whole career working within the finance sector, including South Lakeland District Council where he was Treasurer/Director of Finance, and is currently working as an Internal Auditor with a small Cumbrian firm. As a result, Jack has brought with him experience of working in local government as well as a sound understanding of financial management and relevant technical knowledge.
Fiona, a solicitor by profession, has considerable experience working in Criminal Justice based organisations most recently in a Head of Governance role in the Ministry of Justice. Fiona is Deputy Chairman of Two Castles Housing Association and Chair of Governors of Windermere C of E Primary School. Fiona has served on a number of Committees in a range of roles and as a member of the Two Castles Audit Committee.
Malcolm trained and worked in an English Local Authority before moving to Scotland to work as a Local Government Auditor – both external and internal, including Police Authorities. He then spent over 20 years in the Highlands as a Director of Finance in both Local Government and the NHS, with a particular interest in the delivery of public services in remote and rural areas. He has subsequently undertaken procurement roles at both local and national level, and now serves as a Trustee of a local charity.
The meetings of the Committee are open to the public and papers presented to the Joint Audit and Standards Committee will be available to view 7 days prior to the meeting taking place. To view the papers please click on the links below.