Joint Audit Committee
The Committee is composed of four/five 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. These are important roles that make a significant contribution to public assurance about the integrity and internal controls that are adhered to within these public offices. Terms of Reference for the committee were updated and approved on 22 November 2018. 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 joined the Committee in April 2015 and took over a Committee Chair in November 2021.
A Solicitor by profession, Fiona has considerable experience of governance and risk management, working in senior leadership roles within the Criminal Justice system. Fiona’s recent leadership roles include Chair of Castles & Coasts Housing Association, where she was also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and Chair of Governors at Windermere Primary School. Fiona is committed to professional development and the effectiveness of the Joint 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.
Wing Commander (Retired) Tim Mann
Tim is a retired Royal Air Force senior officer with over 40 years’ experience in the leadership, governance and assurance of large complex and highly regulated organisations. He comes from Loganair Ltd where he was Director of Safety, Security and Compliance. Prior to that he was the consultant responsible for aligning the Quality and Safety management systems in the Omani air force with ISO standards. His career as a ‘fast jet’ engineer has taken him to the Falklands, the United States and most of the Middle Eastern countries. He has held numerous peacetime and operational command appointments where he has specialised in Strategic Management, Engineering Airworthiness, Safety, Quality, Governance, Operational Planning, Risk Assessment, and Project Management. His early career was at Rolls-Royce, he is a chartered engineer, a Henley MBA graduate and holds Fellowships with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Chartered Management Institute. He is currently undertaking postgraduate Consultancy studies. He is also a serving committee member of the Glasgow and South-West Scotland Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Jake joined the committee in August 2022.
Jake has held a number of commercial roles nationally and internationally at BAE Systems. In these roles, Jake has developed and administered systems of good governance, gained considerable experience in negotiating and managing complex, high value contracts, and been appointed to a programme board for a multi-billion-pound programme. Prior to commencing his career, Jake studied law at Oxford University.
Michael joined the committee in December 2022.
Michael is an experienced Local Government Internal Auditor, having held numerous roles across Cumbria over the last 15 years. Michael is currently managing Internal Audit services for Carlisle City, Copeland and Allerdale Borough Council, prior to the intended Local Government Reorganisation in April 2023, which will see the three services merge with part of Cumbria County Council to form a new Cumberland Council. Michael obtained a degree in Accountancy & Finance and has also had experience of complex legal disputes and delivery of accountancy services as part of his career.
The meetings of the Committee are open to the public and papers presented to the Joint Audit Committee will be available to view 7 days prior to the meeting taking place. To view the papers please click on the links below:
To view previous meeting papers please choose for the dates below:
2020 – 2021
2019 – 2020
2018 – 2019