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Audit Committee

The Audit Committee plays a pivotal role in the corporate governance framework of the University. Its remit is not confined to the monitoring or testing the effectiveness of financial systems and controls, but includes independent oversight of risk management, control and governance arrangements, and any aspect of the internal control environment. In addition to its broad role in monitoring the adequacy of the University’s internal control environment, the specific functions of the Committee include:

 

  • monitoring the performance of the University’s internal and external auditors, central to which is reviewing the auditing of the University’s financial statements and scrutinising the Statement on Internal Control; 
  • testing implementation of the recommendations and observations of the internal and external auditors and the Employment and Finance Committee related to the audited Financial Statements, as the basis for their recommendation for Board approval; 
  • as part of the ‘opinion’ in its Annual Report to the Board and Vice-Chancellor, the Committee is required to comment on the adequacy of corporate governance, risk management controls, data quality and accuracy, arrangements for economy, efficiency and effectiveness (value for money), and financial risks and irregularities, including incidents of fraud or corruption.

Terms of Reference 2019/20

Membership 2020/21

James Bromiley (Chair)  

Peter Judge (Independent Governor)

Amy Rice-Thomson (Independent Governor)

Alasdair Corfield (Co-opted)

Sally Pelham (Observer)

Officers

Secretary: Georgina Bailes georgina.bailes@northumbria.ac.uk

Assistant Secretary: Richard Elliott richard.g.elliott@northumbria.ac.uk

  

Officers in Regular Attendance

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive: Professor Andrew Wathey

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Professor Tom Lawson

Finance Director: Simon Newitt

Director of Strategic Planning: Daniel Monnery

 

Date and Time of Audit Committee Meetings in 2020/21

Date

Time

Location

Monday 14 September 2020

10.00am

Microsoft Teams

Monday 02 November 2020

10.00am

Microsoft Teams

Friday 26 February 2021

10.00am

Microsoft Teams

Monday 24 May 2021

10.00am 

Microsoft Teams

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