The Audit Committee is responsible for enhancing public trust and confidence in the governance of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and South Yorkshire Police (SYP). It also assists the PCC in discharging statutory responsibilities in holding the Force to account. This is achieved by:
- Advising the PCC and Chief Constable of SYP according to good governance principles.
- Providing independent assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of the OPCC and SYP internal control environment and risk management framework.
- Overseeing the effectiveness of the framework in place for ensuring compliance with statutory governance requirements.
- Independently scrutinising financial and non-financial performance to the extent that it affects the OPCC’s and SYP’s exposure to risk and weakens the internal control environment.
- Overseeing the financial reporting process including the annual governance statement.
The frequency and timing of meetings will ensure that the Committee is able to fulfil its responsibilities relating to the functions specified below.
The Committee will, under normal circumstances, meet at least four times per year scheduled during the financial year to coincide with its key responsibilities and functions.
Terms of Reference
Outturn report dated 13.06.16
Annual Report 2015/16
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Melvyn Lunn (Chair)
A Chartered Accountant with experience in both the public and private sector covering external audit, internal audit and commercial management having spent 18 years as a Finance Director in clothing manufacture and retailing.
Now retired from his own accountancy practice but has a portfolio of non-executive appointments; Chair of the Board at Berneslai Homes and Priory Campus, Vice Chair of the National federation of ALMOs, Management Board Member / Trustee of Sheffield Mutual Society, Trustee of South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Board member / Trustee of Barnsley Community Build and Treasurer / Trustee of Silverwood Scout Camp.
Melvyn was formerly Audit Committee Chair of NHS Barnsley and NHS South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, Chair of Berneslai Homes Audit Committee and a co-opted independent member of Barnsley MBC Audit Committee.
Phil Parkin (Vice-Chair)
A CIPFA and CIMA accountant who worked for the Audit Commission for 27 years up to November 2011.Managed external audits at both local authorities and the NHS in and around South Yorkshire. Role as an external auditor included then audit of financial accounts, value for money and corporate governance.
Phil spent two years on a secondment during which he researched and wrote a guide to regularity audit in the NHS (Finger on the Financial Pulse). Also spent time working in Poland helping the Polish Government to develop audit procedures for its local authorities.
Over 30 years of audit and accountancy experience, helping organisations in most parts of the UK’s not for profit sector. For almost 20 years acted as external audit or internal audit partner to many local authorities, universities, colleges, government departments, health bodies, social landlords and grant funded bodies (latterly with Grant Thornton UK LLP). Also worked with a number of regulatory bodies, advising on professional standards for governance and audit. As a result he has practical experience of most aspects of governance, risk management and control.
Ian graduated in Mathematics at the University of Leeds and qualified as a CIPFA accountant with the National Audit Office. Having recently retired from professional practice he is a Trustee of Doncaster College and Sheffield Music Academy. He is also a regular volunteer with the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.