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GDP: Audit & Risk Committees

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Workshop
Start Date
End Date
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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For members of audit committees/governors.

This event will look at the role and function of audit and risk committees, considering approaches to take an appropriate overview of the major risks facing institutions, scenario planning and how risk assurance frameworks are evolving. The session will also consider regulatory expectations on audit committees including value for money, and the key elements of the CUC audit committee code of practice.


9.30am - Chat platform opens for networking  
9.45am - Welcome, introductions and housekeeping - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE
10.00am - The changing role of audit in HE and beyond - Victoria Holbrook, Assistant Director, Governance, Advance HE
10.20am - The CUC HE Audit Committees Code of Practice Overview and Q&A  - John Rushforth, CUC and Senior Associate, Advance HE
10.50am - Break
11.05am - Insights from an internal auditor - Juliet Simpson, Chair of Council of Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHEIA) and Head of Internal Audit, Newcastle University 
11.25am -  Experiences of audit in HE, emerging practice and topical concerns for institutions over the last 12 months -     Richard Young,  Director at Uniac
11.55am - Panel discussion            
12.10pm - Break
12.40pm - Breakout discussions
1.10pm - Feedback and final Q&A
1.30pm - Wrap up and signposting


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.

Victoria Holbrook

Assistant Director, Governance
Advance HE
Victoria Holbrook
Victoria joined Advance HE in February 2019 from the Office for Students and after 11 years at its predecessor the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). As Assistant Director, Governance she leads the development and delivery of Advance HE’s approach and work to support good governance to ensure it meets the needs of its members and clients in their rapidly evolving operating environments.

John Rushforth

Senior Associate
Advance HE
John Rushforth
John is a nationally recognised expert on UK University governance. He is responsible for the key documents that underpin the governance of all publicly funded UK HE institutions namely the CUC HE Code of Governance, the HE Senior Staff Remuneration Code, a range of illustrative practice notes e.g. Academic Assurance, Recruitment of VCs, etc and a Leadership Foundation publication on the relationship between Vice Chancellors and Chairs.

Juliet Simpson

Chair of Council of Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHEIA) and Head of Internal Audit, Newcastle University
Newcastle University
Juliet Simpson
Juliet joined Newcastle University as Head of Internal Audit in March 2003 to establish the in-house Internal Audit service. Prior to that, she was a Senior Manager with a Big 4 information security practice, having started her career in local government (accountancy and internal audit).

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.