Public Sector

Accountability & Governance for Arm's Length Bodies

Civil Service College

Civil Service College


For those in newly appointed board member and senior staff positions working within Arm’s Length Bodies, an introduction to accountability is vital. These roles require a working knowledge of how ALB’s interact with government and for employees to have a full appreciation of their duties and responsibilities.

Designed to give attendees the knowledge needed to effectively support their accounting officer within an Arm’s Length Body, this course addresses all the essential aspects of delegate’s new roles including the role of the Accounting Officer, the audit and risk assurance committee, the board and current government policy.

The course is led by a trainer who has considerable experience in the ABL sector and has delivered over ninety tailored programmes to Arm’s Length Bodies throughout the UK. The programme is also continuously updated to ensure that it remains reflective of the real-time issues that delegates are facing.


Key features of the programme include:
• The role of the Accounting Officer
• The rationale for ALBs
• Current government policy
• The oversight role of the sponsoring department
• The Board
• The audit and risk assurance committee
• Current developments in ALB governance

Learning Outcomes:
Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between ALBs and their sponsoring departments, the opportunity to focus on public sector governance and accountability arrangements and how these might differ from a private sector entity as well as a better understanding and appreciation of the governance responsibilities of board members and senior managers (including the Accounting Officer).

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This programme is suitable for newly appointed Board Members across Arm’s Length Bodies, Non-Executive Board Members of NHS bodies, Senior Managers working in the ALB sector, as well as those working in the Civil Service in sponsoring departments who wish to gain a better insight into their responsibilities with regard to oversight of all aspects of ALB governance.


  • Location: London
  • Telephone: 0333 443 2796
  • Residential: No
  • Course Title: Accountability & Governance for Arm's Length Bodies
  • Duration: 1 Days
  • Cost: £595 (Ex VAT)
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