As well as technical guidance, courses and events, we offer various communities for members to get involved in.

These communities are a mixture of regional committees, special interest groups and equal-opportunities initiatives, based on where you work, where you live and what you’re interested in.

Regional network

Our regional network is an excellent way for Chartered IIA members to get involved in their institute locally, to meet other internal auditors and to exchange ideas.

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Aspire Community

Aspire is a community of the Chartered IIA that provides support to internal auditors who are new to the profession and want to get a head-start in their career. The Chartered IIA believes it is critical to engage with internal auditors early in their careers to take on board their ideas on the future of the profession and the Chartered IIA.

Aspire aims to facilitate networking, develop skills and provide support for internal auditors as they grow their careers. We hold several events a year, providing a platform for those who are relatively new to the profession to share ideas and experiences, network in a relaxed and friendly environment and hear insight and guidance from industry experts.

For details on our all Aspire events, visit our Training & Events section.

Women in Internal Audit

Women in internal audit is a dedicated community of the Chartered IIA that promotes the importance of equality in the internal audit profession. 

Our objective is to facilitate and empower internal auditors by helping them grow and develop whilst also attracting women into the profession and helping businesses retain great female internal auditors. 

WIIA is being led by Frances Hawkins, Managing Director for Goldman Sachs. The community is open to both members and non-members of the institute; so please spread the word within your network and encourage those interested to let us know by emailing


As part of our community focus, we have a dedicated sector strategy that supports members working in the banking and financial services sector as well various volunteer sector networks.

Financial services

The financial services sector has seen great changes to the way internal audit needs to operate and this presents both challenges and opportunities for practitioners. Nearly a third of our members work in the FS sector and the sector strategy we offer helps them meet rising expectations, whilst persuading boards and audit committees to use their internal audit resources in the right way.

Under this sector strategy, we provide: 

  • Dedicated technical guidance on topical issues such as emerging risks in the sector
  • Sector specific events, webinars and an annual conference
  • Increased representation and member input via our policy and influence work

Stay tuned for more information on our sector strategy.

Volunteer-led sector networks

A number of our members run sector based special interest groups. These are independent networking groups organised by volunteers.

Charities Internal Audit Network

Construction Internal Audit Forum

Council for Higher Education Internal Audit

Housing Internal Audit Forum

Insurance Internal Audit Group

Retail Audit Forum