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The Audit Committee is responsible for risk, financial control and governance (the way that the council makes decisions). It considers the Council’s internal audit strategy, plans and monitors performance. It also considers inspection reports by outside agencies.

 

Independent Chair sought for key Committee – Northampton Borough Council

 

Northampton Borough Council is seeking an independent chair for one of its foremost Committees.

 

The Audit Committee oversees all relevant processes for risk, control and governance. The purpose of the Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance and to support strong financial management and good governance.

 

The Committee is made up of seven elected Members of the Borough Council. The Borough Council resolved at its meeting on 18 September that an Independent Chair of the Audit Committee would be appointed.

 

Appointment will be on a fixed term basis until the Annual Council meeting of Northampton Borough Council in May 2019.  

 

Responsibilities will include establishing procedures to govern the Committee's work and ensure the Committee's full discharge of its duties and fostering good working relationships and communication among all Committee members.  The role of the Independent Chair to the Audit Committee is a non-voting, co-opted Member. 

 

Meetings take place approximately eight times a year at the Guildhall, Northampton starting at 6pm.   Additional meetings of the Committee are programmed into the schedule as required.  The Co-Optee allowance for the Independent Chair of the Audit Committee is £4306.94 per annum.

The successful candidate will have:

 

• Demonstrable experience/understanding of risk management, audit and assurance in complex public sector organisation. .

• An ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum including: governance, risk management, finance and control.

• Effective leadership skills and an ability to take part in difficult discussions with energy and diplomacy.

• Experience in exercising his/her influence amongst stakeholders.

• An ability to understand governance in a public sector environment.

• Understanding of central government policy making, as it applies to audit and risk

• Previous experience as a member of an audit committee or similar relevant experience.

 

Candidates must be:

·         Aged 18 or over

·         Not currently a member or employee of Northampton Borough Council within the previous five years

·         Is not a relative or close friend of a Member or employee of Northampton Borough Council

·         Not actively engaged in local party political activity

·         Cannot be the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order

·         Not convicted within the last five years, of any offence resulting in a sentence of three months’ imprisonment or more (whether suspended or not)

·         Not convicted of any fraudulent or corrupt electoral practice for which there is a period of disqualification

If this role is of interest, please submit your CV with a covering letter including additional information you feel is pertinent in helping Northampton Borough Council assess how well you meet the stated criteria:

 

Role profile – Independent Chair of the Audit Committee – click here for link

Applications should be sent to the Monitoring Officer, Northampton Borough Council, the Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE or emailed to monitoringofficer@northampton.gov.uk  by 5pm on Monday 30 October 2017.  If you would like to talk to someone further about this role please contact Jo Bonham on 01604 837668 or Tracy Tiff on 01604 837408.