CIAN maintains a presence on LinkedIn which can be used to start discussion forums and ask questions.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been formed to look specifically at certain issues relevant to the Network. CIAN encourages these and does not want CIAN to disintegrate into splinters so terms of reference have been agreed for such groups.

If you are interested in setting up a new Special Interest Group, please email us

Current SIGs are

  • International Heads of Internal Audit
  • Small internal audit departments (2 or less staff)
  • Charity retail - if interested contact

Past SIGs were:

  • Fundraising
  • Outsourcing activities (OSSIG) - produced an audit checklist for reviewing outsourced activities. 
  • House to House Fundraising - considered proposed changes to Gaming Board regulations and submitted a response.
  • Fraud Response Plans - produced guidelines that can be downloaded here.ther useful websites

Crowe Clark Whitehill Helpline - Crowe Clark Whitehill have kindly extend access to their helpline service to all CIAN members. You will be able to access help and advice on topics such as: Financial Reporting, VAT, Direct Tax, Employment Taxes, Governance, Risk Management, Fraud Support, Anti-Corruption, and VFM. In order to access the helpline, email your query to 

Other useful links and contacts

Building Resilience Programme         

Charities Aid FoundationKings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA, Telephone: 01732 520000

Charities Tax Reform Group 1 Millbank, London SW1P 3JZ, Telephone: 020 7222 1265

Charity Commission 

Telephone: 0870 333 0123 (All General Enquiries) 0151 703 1515 (Annual Return Helpline)

Charity Finance Group Charity Finance Group,15-18 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PG, Telephone: 0845 345 3192

Charity Finance Directors Group Camelford House, 87-89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, Telephone: 020 7793 1400

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors 1

3 Abbeville Mews, 88 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BX, Telephone: 020 7498 0101

Companies House Crown Way, Maindy, Cardiff CF4 3UZ, Telephone: 0870 3333 636 (Companies House Contact Centre)

Directory of Social Change 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP, Telephone: 020 7391 4800

Gaming Board for Great Britain, Lotteries Section B

erkshire House, 168/173 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA, Telephone: 020 7306 6203

HM Customs & Excise, 

HMRC One-stop Shop for Charities


Telephone: 0845 010 9000 (National Advice Service)

Housing Association Internal Audit Forum Chairman: Stephen French, Telephone: 01372 736811, Email:

HMSO St Clement's House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ, Telephone: see website for details

Information Commissioner

 Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545745

HMRC (Inland Revenue) St John’s House, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside L69 9BB, Telephone: 0845 3020203 (Charity Helpline)

Institute of Fundraising Managers Central Offices, Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5NQ, Telephone: 020 7627 3436

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

ICAEW Charities & Voluntary Sector 


Chartered Accountant’s Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2P 2BJ, Telephone: 020 7920 8100

National Council for Voluntary Organisations Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL, Telephone: 020 7713 6161, 020 7713 6161 extension 2130 (General Advice Line), 020 7833 1818 (Trustee Advice Line)

REACH (Resource providing access to a database of skilled volunteers) 

89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, Telephone: 020 7582 6543

Small Charities Coallition (SCC) 9-10, 83 Crampton St, London SE17 3BT, Telephone: 020 7358 6490