About the Southern Internal Audit Partnership

The Southern Internal Audit Partnership work exclusively within the public sector

Our reputation within the public sector has seen the partnership prosper to include a growing portfolio of new partners/clients.

To provide the optimum benefit to our partners and clients, we work with management to improve their control environment, assisting in the achievement of their objectives. This is reinforced through our Vision of:

'A collaborative Partnership delivering an innovative, customer focused service aligned to business needs and improved outcomes'

Local authority partners are constituted through Section 101 (5) of the Local Government Act (discharge of function)

The current governance model affords transparency and inclusion for all partners as part of the key decision making processes with representative officers from each partnering organisation afforded membership of the ‘Partnership Board’ which is convened on a quarterly basis.

The Head of the Southern Internal Audit Partnership reports to the Strategic Partnership Board.

Core values

Our core values underpin the way we deliver our vision:

Customer focus

To remain aware of the needs and requirements of all of our stakeholders in providing the optimum customer experience, and to treat colleagues and customers with respect and understanding, valuing equality and diversity in all of our pursuits.


Quality is at the heart of everything we do. Our measure of quality is customer satisfaction and our goal is to provide a service that meets or exceeds those expectations.

The Southern Internal Audit Partnership has been externally assessed by the Institute of Internal Auditors concluding that we “conform to the IIA’s professional standards” and our work is performed “in accordance with the International Professional practice Framework (IPPF).”

Our aim is to provide a service that remains responsive to the needs of our customers and maintains consistently high standards.


All of our staff have significant experience and understanding of the requirements of auditing in a public sector environment. Our staff are fully conversant with relative industry standards and practices.

Such experience is integral to understanding the unique context within which the public sector operates and the on-going risks, challenges and opportunities facing modern public sector organisations.

Our extensive knowledge and experience within the public sector (through existing clients) provides a unique insight into sector risks (existing and emerging), challenges, opportunities and best practice that is utilised to inform our work.


The Southern Internal Audit Partnership operate with a multi-disciplinary pooling of staff capable of forming into teams to provide a seamless and responsive service in meeting our clients needs.


The relative size of the Southern Internal Audit Partnership provides a resilience in both strength and depth to that otherwise experienced by smaller, stand-alone internal audit teams.

Improvement & innovation

To be a modern and motivated organisation providing an efficient, cost effective and value adding service.

Working together

To build trust, develop common understanding and take collective action to improve our service.

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