Audit and risk management

The section provides a wide range of complementary services under one umbrella, which enables us to draw on a variety of specialist skills to meet customer requirements.

We have an established and growing reputation across the local government sector as experts in the application of risk-based audit methodologies and computer audit services.

We are also acknowledged as peer leaders in the provision of energy management audits and advice. Our services have recently expanded in response to the increased emphasis on corporate governance within the public sector, particularly in relation to risk management.

Our range of services include:

  • Internal audit - risk analysis of all systems, evaluation of controls, and production of individual reports on the adequacy of internal controls.
  • Computer audit- risk-based reviews of the information technology function.
  • Contract audit - risk-based audit of capital and service contracts. 
  • Insurance and risk management - ensuring appropriate insurance arrangements for the organisation and the development of the risk management framework.
  • Forensic services - investigation of all areas of concern including financial irregularities.
  • Whistleblowing - the team also acts as the central focus for calls received via the council's anti-fraud hotline. Any whistleblowing complaints can be made confidentially by telephone to 0808 100 1235.

Insurance and risk management

This small section, traditionally involved with the management of the council's insurance portfolio, has more recently expanded to include the coordination development and maintenance of the corporate governance and risk management framework for the city council and other clients.

A complete range of insurance and risk management services is offered, including:

  • Property
  • Motor
  • Money
  • Fidelity guarantee
  • Personal accident
  • Travel
  • Employer's liability
  • Public liability
  • Officials' indemnity
  • Libel and slander
  • Risk management advice/guidance
  • Facilitated risk management workshops
  • Whistleblowing
  • Graduate recruitment

Who to contact

Cliff Peacock
Corporate Risk Manager
Audit and Risk Management
Unity House
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5AW
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Telephone: 0161 607 6980

Internal audit

The internal audit section provides a range of audit reviews of the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of all systems, procedures and processes across the city council.

The section is one of the largest in the region and provides a wide range of services to external organisations as well as directorates of the city council. Our current client list includes the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Urban Vision, Salix and the North West Learning Grid. The unit also undertakes audits of computer systems for a variety of local authorities under joint working arrangements.

Although the unit is organised around functional and client groupings, we adopt a flexible approach to staffing and placements. This ensures that skills and competencies are matched to client needs and also offers greater personal development opportunities for our staff.

We have experienced and qualified staff able to meet all internal audit needs in the following areas:

  • Risk-based business process reviews
  • Systems audits
  • Regularity audit
  • Computer audit
  • Contract audit
  • Fraud and irregularity investigations

Who to contact

Audit and Consultancy Services

David Smith - Principal Auditor
Telephone: 0161 607 6969


Gary Marland - Principal IT Auditor
Telephone: 0161 607 6974


Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5AW

This page was last updated on 8 April 2016

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