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Event - Audit Committees: effective practices and a positive impact

29 April 2024
  • Our next Good Practice event is being held on 22nd May in Cardiff City Stadium.

    Good governance arrangements are a critical part of how public service organisations function effectively and deliver value for money services for the citizens and communities of Wales.

    Audit Committees are one of the foundation stones that support good governance. With significant current and future pressures on public sector finances, there is an increasing need for effective practices and a positive impact. Audit Committees play a vital role in this.

    This event provides an opportunity to share experiences, learn, and network with peers across the public sector in Wales.

    Who the event is aimed at:

    • Audit Committee Chairs/ Vice Chairs
    • Chief Executives/ Senior Management Team
    • Head of Internal Audit/ Internal Audit Manager
    • Head of Finance / Accounting Officer
    • Head of Resources


    10.00am             Registration and refreshments

    10.30am             Welcome and housekeeping

    10.35am             Keynote speech Adrian Crompton, Auditor General for Wales

    10.40am             How can we prevent failure?

    Paul Dossett, Head of Local Government, Grant Thornton

    Paul is the author of ‘Preventing failure in Local Government’. Paul will discuss the importance of having a clear understanding of the common causes of failures and how this provides useful intelligence for other local authorities, local government bodies and for central government in preventing future failures.

    11.20am             Comfort break

    11.30am             Workshop: What does good look like for audit committees?

    An opportunity to share and learn from peers in small working groups discussing the question ‘What does good look like for audit committees?’.

    12.30pm             Lunch

    13.30pm             Workshop: Root Cause Analysis: What is it and how does it work?
                               Research and Development team, Audit Wales

    Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is the process of discovering the root causes of problems in order to identify appropriate solutions. Our Research and Development Team will walk through a case study example (Edinburgh Trams) which will allow participants to gain practical experience of using the RCA method.

    14.40pm             Comfort break

    14.50pm             Panel discussion

    Martin Veale, Sport Wales Audit Committee Chair, Merthyr Tydfil CBC Audit and Governance committee Chair
    Janet Wademan, National Library of Wales Audit ,Risk and Assurance Committee chair
    Hywel John, Amgueddfa Cymru Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair
    Mike Usher, Public Service Ombudsman for Wales Audit Risk and Assurance Committee

    A panel discussion chaired by Ann-Marie Harkin, Executive Director of Audit Services, Audit Wales. Our panel will reflect on the key themes during the day and focus on the big issues facing the future. As well as this, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion with participants.

    15.30pm             Close


    Contact the Good Practice Exchange team

    To register, please complete our online booking form. We provide a delegate privacy notice [opens in new window], telling you how we deal with your personal data as part of the registration process.

    Joining instructions are circulated 1-2 weeks before the event. Please ensure you provide your email address when booking a place to ensure that we can send information to you.

    For further information on the event, please email


    Cardiff City Stadium, CF11 8AZ