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The Effective Audit Committee

Date: Thursday 5th February 2015

Time: 10.00am to 12.00 noon

Location: 1, Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND

Event Code: MSEA050215

Fee: £245 per person plus VAT = £294.00
A discount of 10% is available for 3 or more people from the same company. If you have 4 or more people talk to us about an in house event for your Board



Your Event Leader - Eithne McManus

As an expert in risk management and insurance, Eithne consults with firms on finance, actuarial and audit matters. She leads many workshops and training events to keep Directors and senior managers up to date on these topics.

Her business experience allows her to understand the practical issues that firms face and to demonstrate ways to improve on the status quo.

She has been a consultant for over 7 years providing consultancy services to financial services companies in the areas of enterprise risk management, capital assessment (including Solvency 2) and outsourcing.

A qualified actuary, Eithne spent much of her career with City of Westminster Assurance, where she was Chief Financial Officer before becoming Chief Executive. After the sale of CWA to Chesnara, Eithne assumed responsibility for risk management and capital assessment within the Chesnara group as a whole. 

The PRA and FCA are examining the structure, powers and rigour of Audit Committees and are asking more questions about matters such as the independence of this key group and the degree to which they challenge the information they receive.

This 2 hour briefing brings together the key elements that any Audit Committee should ensure they address to evidence their effectiveness, from the Terms of Reference they adopt to the thoroughness with which they examine the audit reports produced.

“The upswing of government intervention and the general call from investors for transparency and corporate accountability demands a response from boards, management and auditors. Against this backdrop, the role and function of the audit committee has come under the spotlight.
FRC - 'Walk the line' discussion paper


  • Understand what the Terms of Reference must contain to be up to date and reflect current thinking
  • Recognise what key competencies Members should have
  • Know how the Audit Committee should interface with Compliance, risk management, internal audit and external auditors 
  • Know what “effective” means in this context and what information will be essential to be effective 
  • Understand the importance of the minutes and what must be recorded to reflect the value that the Audit Committee adds.
  • Consider what challenges you may receive from a regulatory review and how to address these beforehand 
  • Know the current issues, including recent guidance on the role of internal audit and of the audit committee from the FRC, the IIA and others

The Agenda

1. Responsibilities of the Audit Committee 

  • The expectations of the Audit Committee 
  • Scope and key elements of your Terms of Reference 
  • The constituency of the Audit Committee and attendees 
  • Matters that may impact the independence of the Committee and Internal Audit 
  • What regulators now expect and what they focus upon including the latest guidance from the FRC

2. The Oversight role

  • What the oversight role involves
  • Adequacy of internal financial controls
  • Accuracy and integrity of financial statements 
  • Relationship with internal and external auditors

Risk and Audit – the relative responsibilities

  • SYSC 21 guidance on Risk committees 
  • The combined responsibilities 
  • Separate Risk and Audit committees where a separate risk committee is in place

Moving from compliance to effectiveness 

  • To be effective what is the essential information needed from different areas 
  • Recognising what and when to challenge and how to ensure the issue is resolved.
  • Reporting to the Board, what should be reported and recorded
  • How to respond to the question “ What makes the Audit Committee effective?”

To Book this event please call or email Jenny Spur on 0207 764 0721, or download the booking form.

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