Operating from our headquarters in Winchester (with a number of sub-offices across the County), the Southern Internal Audit Partnership currently employ 43 fte staff delivering approximately 7,500 audit days across a diverse portfolio of 19 public sector organisations.
As an internal audit service provider we add value to organisations through provision of objective and relevant assurance contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of governance, risk management and control processes. This is complemented by opportunities for improvement identified through audit findings and subsequent management actions.
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership can contribute a number of qualities that will add value to the fulfilment of your organisations internal audit needs.
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership prides itself on maintaining a pool of high calibre, personable professionals dedicated to providing a quality, modern, value adding service. Staff at all levels are appropriately qualified with extensive knowledge of auditing in a public sector environment.
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership benefit from the experience and knowledge of specialist in-house auditors in niche areas of expertise.
We have our own IT auditors who are experienced in covering all aspects of established and emerging technologies. Our IT auditors work closely with generalist auditors during the audit of computerised administrative systems to ensure that all controls, both computerised and clerical, may be relied upon.
We have a team of trained fraud specialists (CIPFA Certificate in Investigatory Practices) who carry out a range of proactive fraud work and reactive investigatory work as required by our customers.
Procurement and contract management
We have staff experienced and qualified in procurement and contract audit who carry out more complicated reviews of major capital projects and revenue contracts.
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. This is achieved through:
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 can be 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.
Working with the Southern Internal Audit Partnership
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership enjoys a mixture of partnership and sold service (contracted) arrangements.
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership is hosted by Hampshire County Council.
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 Partnership Board.
The Southern Internal Audit Partnership also provides
- commissioned services to a wide portfolio of client this can include a full internal audit service, delivering an annual report and opinion; or
- provision of a given portfolio of work to support an organisation assurance opinion
If you are interested in working with the Southern Internal Audit Partnership, either through partnership or commissioning a piece of work, do not hesitate to contact us.