Upcoming CIAN Network Meetings:

The next CIAN Network Meeting will be on Wednesday 4th May from 2pm.
The meeting will be online, (on MS Teams).
2pm Introduction
2.05 Presentation on Data Analytics – Challenge the Plan
Derek Jamieson (The Institute of Internal Auditors)
Derek is the Regional Director of Regions for IIA and initiated the IIA’s Data Analytics working group
Data Analytics is not negotiable for Internal Audit in any organisation. The presentation aims to define Data Analytics, provide some guidance on developing an approach and share some examples of Data Analytics in practice
3.05 – comfort break/overrun time
3.15 Presentations on Internal Audit – Ideas for Resourcing on a Budget
          Vanessa Clark (Action for Children) - Benefits of Design-Only Audits
          Jonathan Orchard (Sayer Vincent) - Making the most of Secondments
          Laura Kemp (RSPB) - Internal Audit Apprenticeships
          15 minutes questions
4.15 "Breakout rooms" to discuss experiences and share tips with each other on Resourcing on a Budget and/or Auditing using Data Analytics
4.35 10-minute wrap up.
4.45 END

To attend the Network Meeting, please contact bookings@cian.org.uk by Friday 29th April 2022 and confirm the email address you would like the Teams invite to be sent to. Our Training Lead will send the link for the meeting to CIAN members who have signed up to attend on Monday 2nd May. 

2022 Network Meetings:

Dates and speakers for 2022 CIAN Network Meetings are to be confirmed. Provisional dates are shown below:

  • 13th July 2022

  • 2nd November 2022

Upcoming CIAN Training course:

The next CIAN training day will be held on Wednesday 27th April, 9:30 – 16:00

The topic will be Assurance Framework and Mapping.

The cost will be £120.


It will be an in-person training day, held in the Grant Thornton Offices in London (30 Finsbury Square).


Unlike on previous CIAN training days, lunch will not be provided as the normal catering arrangements have not resumed since Covid in the building, but we have been told that participants can purchase lunch in a café in the building. Coffee and tea will be provided.


If you would like to attend, please contact training@cian.org.uk to request the booking form. Places are limited and so will be allocated on a “first come-first served” basis.

Please don't forget that we offer one free training place for charities without a training budget. Please email training @cian.org.uk for more information.

The course:

With responsibility for assurance activities traditionally being shared among management, internal audit, risk management, and compliance, it is important that assurance activities be coordinated to ensure resources are used in the most efficient and effective way. Assurance Mapping can help.


This course will provide best practice advice and coaching on how to undertake assurance mapping in a straightforward, logical and practical way. You will learn a range of techniques that will give you the confidence and skills to help you engage with key stakeholders to develop and deliver simple assurance maps while avoiding the many pitfalls and over-complexity.


The trainer:

John Chesshire, CFIIA, has over 22 years' experience working in the internal audit, risk management, business improvement and governance fields. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute in the UK, is an Independent Internal Audit Committee Chair and has recently been Chief Assurance Officer for the States of Guernsey.


He has delivered many well-received courses to several European Institutes of Internal Auditors and his other recent clients include FTSE listed companies, multinationals, central and local government, law enforcement, international charities, professional services companies, and international organisation such as NATO, the OECD and UN Agencies.


He is a principal examiner for the Institute of Risk Management and has been a visiting lecturer in the Governance and Assurance Hub at Birmingham City University. He loves internal audit and CIAN and particularly enjoys working in new and emerging areas of assurance interest.

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 sessions are included below. 



2nd February 2022 - Webinar Network Meeting

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

  • Data protection – key do’s and don’ts for charities” Iain Bourne – Grant Thornton

  • Fighting Fraud: How implementing a robust “Counter-fraud Framework” can transform counter-fraud in your organisation” Sandeep Das – St John Ambulance

10th June 2021 - Training: Auditing Risk Management

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.


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 


1st October 2021 - Webinar Network Meeting 

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

  • Demonstrating the Value of Internal Audit - presentation by Rachel Paddon, Director (Charities Internal Audit) at PwC

  • CIAN 2021 Benchmarking Survey Highlights 

  • CIAN 2021 AGM (separate agenda emailed to members)

  • Split session Audit Planning / Auditing Cyber: attendees to choose whether they want to attend group discussion on Audit Planning or on Auditing Cyber. The Audit Planning session will be focused on small group discussions (via breakout rooms) about the annual audit plan / all things audit planning related. The Auditing Cyber session will include a Q&A with Mark Luckins, who has over 25 years of experience leading on data and technology in the public and third sectors, most recently as Head of Technology and Data at Crisis.

  • Fraud and GDPR alert

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.

Recent CIAN Meetings: