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Town Parish Audit is a specialist internal audit organisation, specifically set up to meet the needs of town and parish councils and community organisations.
This means that your organisation can be confident that it meets the requirements of the current JPAG Practitioners Guide to Proper Practices.

Naomi Goddard

Hi, I am Naomi Goddard, founder of Town Parish Audit.

While working with a retiring local council auditor and subsequently searching for other local auditors I realised that there was a gap in the market in terms of specialist town and parish councils and community organisations auditors in the Yorkshire and Lancashire region.

As I am sure you are aware in recent years it has become increasingly important to select a specialist auditor, who understands that their brief should cover the effectiveness of the organisation’s overall risk management, control and governance processes. As we all know it is not just about the cashbook.

I have lived in West Yorkshire, near the border with Lancashire, for the past thirty years. Over this period, I have worked in a financial and project management capacity for Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester and Kirklees local authorities and Hebden Royd Town Council, managing and monitoring large council budgets and bringing in external funding.

Until recently I was Town Clerk/Responsible Financial officer of a medium sized Town Council and I continue to work part-time for a local Town Council as Responsible Financial Officer, and as Parish Clerk at a nearby Parish Council. Finance and project management are my thing, I am easy to talk to and can bridge the gap between accounting speak and officer speak. Please feel free to give me a call.

Naomi Gooddard

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Qualifications / Experience:

A unique element of Town Parish Audit is that our auditors all have a local council/authority background and have completed all Finance for Local Councils CiLCA qualification units. In fact, the auditors are, or have been, town or parish clerks and responsible financial officers and therefore know how local council/3rd sector organisation finances should be, and are, organised.

  • • we have 16 or more years’ experience of local authority, community organisation and local council finances
  • • are ILCA and/or CiLCA qualified
  • • currently work in the sector
Town Parish Audit have just undertaken the Council's internal audit for the first time and were incredibly efficient and easy to deal with. A quick, responsive and helpful service.
Parish Clerk, Steeton with Eastburn Parish Council
Naomi’s company had been recommended to us at Sutton Maddock Parish Council and we were not disappointed, the service was friendly and efficient. The councillors were impressed with how helpful and informed the audit report was.
Longden Parish Council were looking for an internal auditor and Town Parish Audit was mentioned as a northern specialist service for Parish and smaller Town Councils. As Parish Clerk and RFO I was very impressed with the level of service we received.
Cowling Parish Council were struggling to find a new auditor in 2018/19. I contacted Town Parish Audit and was delighted with the thorough, informed and prompt service. The Council was very happy to use them again at yearend when once again the service was helpful, friendly and efficient. It is my intention to use Town Parish Audit in the future at two other Councils I work with. Ken Eastwood, former Clerk, Cowling Parish Council.
Working as Parish Clerk at Childs Ercall Parish Council, we were looking for a new internal auditor and Naomi Goodard’s name was mentioned. When speaking to her at Town Parish Audit I received informed and friendly advice. Subsequently both myself and the Council were delighted with the level of service we received.