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GDP: Audit & Risk Committee 

This online event is designed to support and inform those who lead and sit on Audit and Risk Committees and will also be of interest to those in wider HE governance and leadership.


This virtual, half-day session will focus on the major risks facing higher education institutions, scenario planning and how risk assurance frameworks are evolving within higher education and across wider sectors.

The event will also cover regulatory expectations on audit committees, including value for money, governance and risk management, and the key elements of the CUC audit committee code of practice. Attendees will also learn from external and internal audit leads offering their experience and views on the challenges facing audit committees, with for audit committee chairs and members for how to monitor, evaluate and improve approaches and policies.

This is a standalone 1 day event. 



Who is this event for?

This online event is designed to support and inform those who lead and sit on Audit and Risk Committees and will also be of interest to those in wider HE governance and leadership.


Join us at GDP: Audit & Risk Committee

13 March 2024
Location: Virtual


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09:30am   Welcome & Introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

09:50am   Changing Role of Audit in HE - Rees Batley, Audit Partner, KPMG

10:30am   Insights from an Audit Committee Chair - Ololade Adesanya, Audit and Risk Committee Chair, University of Bristol

11:00am   Break

11:15am   Experiences of Internal Audit Across the Sector -  Richard Young, Executive Director, UNIAC

11:55am   Leading Internal Audit and Comparisons to FE - Jon Darling, Head of Internal Audit, University of Birmingham

12:30pm   Close


Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.

Richard Young

Executive Director
Richard Young
Richard is the executive director at Uniac – a firm that offers specialist internal audit services for the HE sector. Established in 1992, Uniac now operates across the country – working with large Russell Group universities through to small specialist providers.

Jon Darling

Head of Internal Audit
University of Birmingham
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Jon Darling is Head of Internal Audit at University of Birmingham. Jon has over 20 years’ experience working in internal audit and risk management across the public sector, private sector and organisations that are in-between

Rees Batley

Head of Audit for Education, KPMG
Rees Batley
Rees is an Audit Partner based in Bristol, and has worked for KPMG for over 15 years across a range of Private and Public sector clients. Rees is KPMG’s Head of Audit for Education and is a member of KPMG’s National Education Leadership Team.



This event will be delivered virtually through Zoom, with joining instructions sent out by the governance team two weeks before the day of the event.

Along with the joining instructions and links delegates will receive a copy of the programme, with finalised timings, topics, and speakers.

The event will be delivered as as a series of presentations, discussions and panels, with time after each for questions and comments.

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact the Programmes and Events Team at: