Public Accountability & Governance for Board Members

March 22 2012

One of a regular series this half-day seminar was organised for independent board members of government departments and non-executive directors of non-departmental public bodies, North-South implementation bodies, public corporations and other arm's length bodies (ALBs). The seminar covered the expectations of the Northern Ireland Assembly and taxpayers regarding the stewardship of public funds.

Continuously updated the programme draws on the latest guidance and recommendations of the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee and best practice in public sector governance.

Brian Whalley, an independent consultant and acknowledged expert in this area, presents the seminars which include contributions from the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO).

The programme covers:

  • Corporate governance arrangements in Government departments;
  • The landscape of government: What does it mean to operate at 'arm's length'?;
  • ALBS and their relationship with the sponsor department;The proper conduct of public business;
    Ethical standards relevant to the stewardship of public funds;
  • Managing conflicts of interest;
  • Codes of practice;
  • Roles and responsibilities of ALB board members;
    The role of the Departmental and ALB accounting officer;
    External scrutiny: the Northern Ireland Audit Office;
    Assembly's Public Accounts Committee;
  • and Sources of guidance and further reading.

The fee for these seminars is £200.00 + VAT.