Upcoming CIAN Network Meetings:

Dates and speakers for the next CIAN Network Meetings are to be confirmed. Provisional dates are shown below:

  • 18th August 2021 (TBC)

Upcoming CIAN Training course:

Auditing Risk Management - 10th June 2021 (Teams)

CIAN members are invited to attend a half-day training course on Auditing Culture on Thursday 10th June at 13:30-16:30. The training will be delivered by John Chesshire. It will be hosted online via Microsoft Teams and will be free to attend for CIAN members only. Individuals who are not members of CIAN are not eligible to attend. 

This overview session will summarise key risk management concepts and look at what internal audit could - and should - consider in a practical assurance engagement focused on this critical subject. It will improve your ability to provide effective, professional insight and internal audit assurance over this most vital activity.

This half day session will provide you with a targeted overview of:

  • The components of effective risk management in any organisation

  • Key risk management concepts and what good practice looks like

  • How to develop an effective internal audit programme for reviewing risk management that goes beyond a ‘tick box’ approach

  • Good practices and challenges in auditing risk management

Through his company, JC Audit Training Ltd (http://jc-audit.com/), John Chesshire designs and delivers insightful, cost-effective training and related expert services in the following areas: internal audit, risk management, counter-fraud and corporate governance. John has over 20 years’ experience working in these fields, is an Audit Committee Chair and has just completed a ten-year tour of duty as the Chief Assurance Officer for the States of Guernsey. He has delivered a number of well-received training events and talks for CIAN over the last five years.

If you would like to attend this event, please email training@cian.org.uk by Thursday 27th May and hold in your diary 1.30pm-4.30pm on 10th June. The Teams link for the training course will be sent to all attendees in early June. To book your place, you must be registered as a representative of a CIAN member charity / not for profit. 

We are reliant on members' feedback for the topic selection of future training courses. If there is a training course you would like to see, please let us know at training@cian.org.uk

Slides from all previous network meetings are available in the resources section in the members' area of the website.  Some sessions have also been recorded. Details of our most recent meetings are included below. 

25th February 2021 - Training: Auditing Culture 

This half-day training course was presented by John Chesshire (http://jc-audit.com/). Slides from the training are available in the resources area of the website in the following location: Guidance/Culture 

18th December 2020 - Webinar Network Meeting

Slides from the following presentations are available in the resources area of out website, in the Network Meetings folder: 

1. Technology and Data “Hot Spots” in Charities - Mark Luckins (Head of Technology and Data - Crisis)  In today's increasingly digitised COVID world what are the primary risks facing technology leaders in charities, in cyber-security and beyond? 

2. Risk Management and Top Charity Risks - Paul Rao (Director, Business Risk Services - Grant Thornton)  Presentation on good practice in risk management and common weaknesses in the risk framework. From an audit lens, what risk management framework and tools you should expect to be in place in charitable organisations. Paul also gave an overview of the top 10 risks from a recent charity risk benchmarking study conducted by Grant Thornton.  

12th October 2020 - Virtual Forum on Remote Auditing

CIAN members were invited to join a virtual forum on Remote Auditing.  This included a brief introduction before a free discussion for CIAN members to share experiences and good practice. This was followed by an informal virtual social/networking session. Due to the nature of the meeting, this session was not recorded. However, the resources area of the website does include a folder of remote auditing resources which were discussed (this is within the COVID-19 resources folder).

18th August 2020 - Webinar Network Meeting

The following recorded presentations are available in the resources area of out website, in the Network Meetings folder: 

1. Counter fraud for charities - Alan Bryce (Head of Development, Counter Fraud and Cyber-Crime, Charity Commission)

Alan presented on charity counter fraud, including the Charity Commission's 2019 National Fraud Report findings and fraud issues arising related to COVID-19. 

2.  Internal Audit Code of Practice - Liz Sandwith (Chief Professional Practice Advisor, Chartered IIA) and Gavin Hayes (Head of Policy and External Affairs, Chartered IIA)

Liz and Gavin presented on the 'IA Code of Practice: Guidance on effective internal audit in
the private and third sectors' which was published for the first time in January 2020. 

Slides for both these presentations are also uploaded and there are additionally slides available for the CIAN COVID Benchmarking Survey: Highlights presentation, compiled by Darren Goorwappa, CIAN's Feedback Lead and Head of Internal Audit & Quality at Community Integrated Care. 

11th August 2020 -  Charity Sector IA Virtual Forum 

This virtual meeting for Charity internal auditors was hosted by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors who talked through the key lessons learnt from their HIA Virtual Forums over the past few months, with a Q&A session to pose your questions to the Institute.  A slide of the key lessons is available in the COVID-19 Resources folder in the resources section of the website. 

7th July 2020 - Webinar Network Meeting

The following recorded presentations are available in the resources area of out website, in the Network Meetings folder: 

1. Returning to the Office – what’s the risk? (Sarah Hillary, Partner and Stuart May, Senior Manager - Risk & Advisory Services, BDO) Returning to work after an extended working from home period will come with its own risks. These need to be managed, just as any other risk would – carefully and appropriately. Not all risks will warrant the same attention, but an effective internal audit team will be in a strong position to advise on these risks and support your charity plan a safe return. 


2. Horizon Scanning and Re-thinking your Forecasting (Mark Sykes - Partner, BDO Drive)
While the world is rightly focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals during the current situation, leadership teams need also to have a grasp on the financial resilience of their charities to ensure the right actions are taken today. But you can only truly understand your resilience if you have the right forecasts in place. Mark gave an excellent presentation on Horizon scanning and good practice for re-forecasting in the uncertain situation we find ourselves today. Highly recommended if you will be auditing forecasting/reforecasting at your charity.

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