Heads of Internal Audit Virtual Forum

Welcome to our Heads of Internal Audit Virtual Forum. A monthly virtual forum providing an open environment for audit leaders to learn, share and air concerns to help each other under Chatham House rules.

Why join us?

Our Heads of Internal Virtual Forums are interactive (Zoom-based) and give you the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas as well as listen and learn from peers, audit committee chairs, and subject matter experts. Attendees are invited to talk on general issues and those specific to their organisations to encourage cross-sector learning. The Institute also offers technical and practical guidance where relevant.

Originally set up in response to pandemic challenges, the forum is now a fundamental source of interaction and support for members on a wide range of topics. Even before coronavirus became part of our everyday language, the profession was working out how to audit at the speed of risk (the topic of a leading book by Richard Chambers, IA Global CEO). As the pandemic took hold, Chambers reflected on life and death at the speed of risk. Only with your input can this forum support HIAs to audit at the speed of risk.

The forum is chaired by Derek Jamieson, our Regions Director, with support from John Wood, our CEO Liz Sandwith, our Chief Professional Practices Advisor.

How to join us

The forum is invitation-only. Please contact either Derek Jamieson (derek.jamieson@iia.org.uk) or Liz Sandwith (liz.sandwith@iia.org.uk) to request an invitation or to offer to present.

Forum schedule

All meetings take place at 3:30pm on Zoom. The schedule for the first half of 2022 is in the process of being finalised and will be shared shortly.


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Latest key takeaways

Stay abreast of our forums as they happen. To help you keep track and understand what's covered, we have labelled all our recent forums by their headline topics. 

1 December | Reflections on 2021

10 November | Financial resilience

13 October | Fraud - have we got it covered?

22 September | Risk in Focus 2022

18 August | BEIS white paper consultation

28 July | Auditing culture

9 June | Inspirational leadership

12 May | ESG

14 April | Board governance and the audit plan

3 March | Cyber risk and cyber culture

10 February | Audit committee expectations

13 January | Data analytics

16 December | Brexit and wider macroeconomic risks

2 December | Climate change

18 November | Disruption

4 November | Root cause

21 October | Agile auditing

7 October | Risk in Focus 2021

16 September | Culture 

2 September | Cybersecurity

19 August | Data analytics

5 August | Build back better

Earlier key takeaways

Below are all the forum minutes from March to July, derived from a period when HIAs from across all sectors came together to share experiences, learn from each other and collectively identify solutions during the first wave of coronavirus.

Access earlier key takeaways