NIAO is an independent watchdog, driving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in public services in Northern Ireland.

The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland (C&AG) is the head of the NIAO and he is responsible for authorising the issue of money from central government funds to Northern Ireland Departments and the financial and value for money audit of central government bodies in Northern Ireland. The NIAO supports the C&AG in fulfilling his responsibilities.

The audit of local government bodies including district councils is undertaken by NIAO staff designated by the Department for Communities as the Local Government Auditor. The Local Government Auditor is responsible for the audit of Northern Ireland District Councils and report the results of her work to the Department for Communities.

Martin Pitt Chair

Kieran Donnelly Comptroller and Auditor General

Rodney Allen Chief Executive

Why NIAO Advisory Board is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

This is seen as a win-win for both parties. The apprentice will: learn from the skillset brought to the Board by our NEDs, including HR, accountancy, leadership and business development; gain a better understanding of the role of audit; and develop a new network of contacts.

For the Audit Office, this provides us with an opportunity to add diversity to the Board membership and to bring a different perspective to the business of the Board.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

1 Bradford Court Upper Galwally Belfast

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held four times a year and are scheduled for 10am in the morning.

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meetings are held four times a year and are scheduled for 11.30am.

Remuneration Committee Meetings are held twice a year, no meetings are currently scheduled.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

4 October 2022
No meetings currently scheduled for 2023

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) 27 September 2022
No meetings currently scheduled for 2023

Remuneration Committee
Meet twice a year, currently no meetings scheduled.