13 November 2012
The Institute has opened a small office in Smith Square, Westminster, close to the offices of government departments and regulatory organisations, where public policy relating to corporate governance is debated and created.
The Institute's Council and Executive believes that a presence in central London is an important strategic step in increasing the Institute's visibility, increasing its credibility as a contributor to policy thinking and increasing its ability to influence on behalf of the profession.
Institute Chief Executive, Dr Ian Peters said, "The institute's influence programme relies on building ever closer relationships with policy makers in government, regulatory organisations, journalists within the business media and senior heads of internal audit in the public and private sectors.
"Our new office gives us a convenient central location which we can use to host meetings and small scale events with key contacts. We will also host meetings of the Institute's Council there in future. The base in Westminster also makes it much easier for us to visit our contacts' offices. "
The Smith Square office will be staffed by the policy director and communications director, with the chief executive splitting his time between the Westminster office and the main office in Clapham. Together, these staff comprise the Institute's Influence team. Its role is to engage with policy and regulatory contacts as well as journalists, representing the profession to them and building their understanding of the role and value of internal audit.
The institute's main office and all other staff remain in Clapham, with the possibility of making use of some of the rooms there for the delivery of training courses.
The Westminster office operates as an extension of the main Clapham office, and all email address and phone numbers remain as they are now.
The address of the new office and directions can be found on the contact us section of the Institute's website.