Chair - Financial Reporting Advisory Board
Date Posted: 30/01/2019
Closing Date: 20/02/2019
Financial Reporting Advisory Board
Established in 1996, the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) is an independent body fulfilling the statutory role as the ‘group of persons who appear to HM Treasury to be appropriate to advise on financial reporting principles and standards’ for central government, as required by the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.
The FRAB acts as an independent element in the process of setting financial reporting standards for government and exists to promote the highest possible standards in financial reporting by government. In doing so, the FRAB ensures that any adaptations of, or departures from, generally accepted accounting practice in the public sector context, are justifiable and appropriate.
Since its establishment, the FRAB’s remit has gradually extended, and includes providing independent advice to the Treasury, Scottish Ministers, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Welsh Government and the CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board.
The FRAB terms of reference can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-reporting-advisory-board-terms-of-reference
The Chair is expected to ensure the overall success and effective and efficient operation of the FRAB in the following ways:
- Chair the Board and lead on ensuring its effectiveness and encouraging a full contribution from its members;
- Ensuring the FRAB fulfils its remit in accordance with legislation and its terms of reference;
- Ensuring that the FRAB encourages the highest possible standards in financial reporting by government;
- Maintain and build the FRAB’s credibility in its provision of independent advice on financial reporting principles and standards to the relevant authorities*, in its reporting to Parliament, and in its dealings with its stakeholders more widely;
- Ensure the strength and calibre of the FRAB through effective review of its performance and by succession planning;
- Ensure the FRAB maintains excellent relationships with relevant standard setting bodies in the profession, including the UK Accounting Council, the International Accounting Standards Board, and the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.
* The relevant authorities are HM Treasury in respect of central government, the Scottish Government, the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Welsh Government in respect of central government and the health sector in their territories, the Department of Health and Monitor in respect of the health sector in England, and The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy/Local Authority (Scotland) Accounts Advisory Committee Local Authority Code Board in respect of local authority accounts across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Essential qualities and experience of the Chair include:
- Proven track record of chairing or strong leadership capability at this level;
- Strong professional grounding within the accounting and finance profession;
- Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to represent the FRAB effectively with a wide range of public and private stakeholders;
- Strong intellectual qualities with an ability to set the FRAB’s strategic direction;
- Political awareness to recognise the sensitivity of the FRAB’s role as an independent advisory body to government;
- An understanding of public finance and reporting and the influencing power of the FRAB.
How to Apply
How to Apply and the Selection Process
Applications for the post of FRAB Chair should include:
- a short covering letter explaining your interest in the FRAB, including how and why you meet the requirements of the candidate brief; and
- a curriculum vitae detailing your skills and experiences as these relate to the advertised role.
Please ensure that your application also includes:
- full contact details, including preferred e-mail addresses, home, work and mobile telephone numbers and nationality;
- details of two referees. References will not be taken up until shortly before the final interview panel and, in all cases, only with your prior consent.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to: FRABSecretariat@hmtreasury.gov.uk or by post to:
1 Horse Guards Road