06 Nov 2024

Public Accountability and Governance Training for Accounting Officers

The half-day seminar is aimed at newly appointed Accounting Officers, and provides a refresher for those who have held the designation for some time.  It provides an essential and concise introduction to the principles and mechanisms of public accountability as they affect the handling of public money and all aspects of the conduct of public business.

Brian Whalley, an independent consultant and acknowledged expert in this field, will present the seminar which includes case study material, extracts from the proceedings of Public Accounts Committees, and contributions from the Comptroller and Auditor General, (NIAO) and the Department of Finance’s Treasury Officer of Accounts.


The programme will cover:

  • The principles and conventions governing the accountability of the civil service and other public bodies to the Northern Ireland Assembly;
  • ​Relationships between core government departments and their arm's length bodies;
  • Regularity, propriety and value for money; 
  • The specific duties and responsibilities of the Accounting Officer;
  • The principles governing the stewardship of public funds, and the proper conduct of public business;
  • The role of the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee; and
  • Developments in corporate governance in the government sector.



This seminar is open only to designated Accounting Officers. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The cost will be £435+VAT for member organisations, and £535+VAT for non-member organisations. A light lunch is provided to participants.

To reserve your place please click on the REGISTER button above and enter the password 'topcat' when prompted.

CEF operates on a cost recovery basis, therefore cancellations must be made no later 5 than working days in advance of the event or the full fee will be charged for non-attendance.