Dec 142018

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Independent Members (2 vacancies) - Equality and Human Rights Commission

Body: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Appointing Department: Department for International Development
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London, with occasional travel.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £250 per day paid monthly.
Time Requirements: 12 days per annum
This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 11/12/2018
  • Closed for Applications: 18/01/2019
  • Panel Sift: W/C 21/01/2019
  • Final Interview Date: W/C 27/02/2019
  • Announcement: W/C 18/03/2019

Assessment Panel

  • Susan Johnson - Panel Chair - EHRC Commissioner and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
  • Caroline Waters - EHRC Deputy Chair and former member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee • Senior Independent Panel Member
  • Olufemi Oguntunde - Director of Finance and Procurement • Representative of Organisation

Vacancy Description

About the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

In line with the principles of good governance as laid down by the Treasury, the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) is a sub-committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) Board of Commissioners. It has an EHRC wide remit and exists to provide assurance to the EHRC Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the EHRC’s systems of governance, risk management and internal control.

The Committee is a non-executive, advisory, committee and has no executive powers, other than those specifically delegated within its Terms of Reference. It has particular engagement with the work of internal audit (currently provided by Mazars) and the EHRC’s external auditor (National Audit Office) to ensure those relationships are effective.

The Committee formally reports to the Board after each meeting and engages with the EHRC’s Accounting Officer (the Chief Executive), Mazars, the National Audit Office and other key stakeholders from across the EHRC and its wider networks.

The Committee currently comprises of three non-executive members of the EHRC Board, one of whom serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, and one independent member whose term expires on 31 March 2019.

About the role

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to help strengthen the organisation and deliver its strategic aims.

To help meet those aims, the Board wishes to appoint up to two independent members of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee with a strong background in finance, performance, governance and risk management, to complement the skills and experience of the existing Committee members and to add an additional perspective to the Committee’s oversight.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to participate fully in the Committee’s business and will be expected to attend each meeting of the Committee, usually a minimum of four per annum, which are normally held at the EHRC offices in London.

An annual time commitment of around 12 days is envisaged, which will include preparation for and attendance at meetings, travel and reviewing Internal Audit reports (of which there are around 20 per annum) by correspondence. A time commitment for induction into the role and also the work of the EHRC will also be required.

Person Specification

Members will be selected to ensure that there is an appropriate mix of skills required to discharge the duties of the Committee. All members are required to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Committee.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate(s) will have a high level of strategic financial awareness and also possess knowledge of effective risk management techniques to support business delivery.

Candidates should also possess the following personal skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound judgement, integrity, probity and high ethical standards;
  • Ability to work collegiately as part of a senior committee;
  • Ability to critically and objectively challenge and probe.

Desirable Criteria

Hold a CCAB or similar qualification.

Have an interest in the work of the EHRC and align with our values.

Have experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Current or recent senior experience of leading finance, accountancy or auditing functions;
  • Current or recent experience of working as a member of an audit committee or similar relevant experience;
  • Strong understanding of Risk Management, Business Assurance, and Performance and Impact evaluation;
  • Understanding of or experience in dealing with IT and cyber security;
  • Understanding of Information Assurance (information governance, GDPR, FOI etc.)
  • Experience of oversight or management of major and complex programmes or business critical projects;
  • Understanding of the governance, assurance, control and accountability structures and requirements of an organisation ideally within the public sector;

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application and at any subsequent interview. Applications which do not clearly demonstrate how applicants meet the criteria will not progress to the interview stage.

Additional Information

How we will handle your application

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held at the EHRC offices in London or Manchester, and, where requested, we will discuss reasonable adjustments, with you beforehand.

Please note that the Commission does not pay for travel expenses for those attending interview (unless they relate to reasonable adjustments).

Where a candidate is unable to attend interview on a set date, an alternative date will only be offered at the discretion of the panel.

At interview, the panel will ask you question about your experience and expertise and ask specific questions to find out whether you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification.

We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required under each of the specific essential qualities and skills sought. Applications from disabled candidates will in all other respects be treated in the same way as those from non-disabled candidates, except, of course, that reasonable adjustments will be made.

Appointments are expected to commence on 1 April 2019. The first meeting of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee after this date is 5 June 2019.

How to Apply

Information on how to apply for this role are contained in the downloadable candidate pack. This pack is in MS Word Document format.

Should you require this application pack in a different format, please contact the Audit and Risk Committee Secretary, either by email: or by telephone: 029 2044 7705.


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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