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The Public Sector Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board (IASAB) seeks new chair

Janet Eilbeck, chair of the IASAB, is stepping down after four years and the board is now seeking a suitable replacement, writes Alisdair McIntosh, policy director at the Chartered IIA.

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Nearly four years after the creation of the IASAB, its chair, Janet Eilbeck, is stepping down, and the board is now seeking a suitable leader to succeed her.

The role requires someone with a proven track record of high-level leadership, strong communication, presentation and ambassadorial skills, and a deep understanding of the UK auditing environment, both external and internal, as well as of the influencing role the IASAB can play in that environment.

Application packs are available from Keeley Lund at CIPFA (keeley.lund@cipfa.org). Applicants should send their CVs and covering letters showing how they fit the role description to Keeley Lund at this address by 31 January. Interviews will take place in February, and candidates are requested to indicate any dates on which they would not be available.

In April 2013, for the first time in the UK, a unified approach to internal audit in the public sector was established, when the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) were published. The standards were the result of collaboration between the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, as the standard setter for internal audit in local government, and the standard setters for internal audit in central government.

The PSIAS apply to central and local government, the health service, and the devolved administrations. They take up the mandatory elements of the IIA's International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF): the Definition of Internal Auditing, the Code of Ethics and the International Standards. In this respect, the UK public sector bodies are following the same path as the Irish government, which adopted the mandatory aspects of IPPF for the central government sector in 2012.

The PSIAS also provide additional interpretation and requirements tailored to the way in which public sector organisations in the UK are governed and managed. They are designed to ensure consistent application in the UK public sector and to address areas where the IIA Standards do not read across well to the particular circumstances of the UK public sector.

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