Jan 152020

2 Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Members - Housing Ombudsman Service

Location: London
Date Posted: 10/01/2020
Closing Date: 02/02/2020

Vacancy Description

The Housing Ombudsman is seeking to appoint two Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Members.

The role of the Housing Ombudsman is to:

  • resolve disputes involving members of the Scheme, including making awards of compensation or other remedies when appropriate, as well as to
  • support effective landlord-tenant dispute resolution by others.

The service is independent and impartial.

Membership of the Scheme is compulsory for social landlords (primarily housing associations who are or have been registered with the social housing regulator) and local authority landlords. Additionally, some private landlords are voluntary members.

The Housing Ombudsman (THO) is constituted as a corporation sole and so does not have a Board or Chair. It is a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The role of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) is to provide non-executive support to the Ombudsman as Accounting Officer by reviewing the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances on governance, risk management, the control environment and the integrity of the Annual Report and Accounts.

Person Specification

Candidates will have experience of Audit and Risk Assurance Committees and, ideally, the requirements on Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). They should be willing and able to constructively challenge the assurances provided to the Ombudsman and draw on ways in those assurances could be developed from their professional background.

The successful candidates will possess experience in one or both of the following areas:

  • detailed understanding of the central government environment and accountability structures
  • professional experience in the social housing sector

Ideally, the candidates will also have experience in the areas of customer service and casework management.

The successful candidates will also be expected to develop an understanding of the Housing Ombudsman’s role, statutory framework and approach to dispute resolution.

Meetings will be held four times a year. Members will also be expected to come into THO once per year to share their expertise and to attend two THO events to build their understanding of the organisation.

Committee Member remuneration is £1,750 per annum. THO will reimburse travel and subsistence costs in line with its travel and subsistence policy.

For further details, please download the application pack (job profile).

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday, 2nd February 2020.
Interviews: Monday, 2nd March 2020.

Additional Information

This is not a public appointment and the appointments will be made by the Housing Ombudsman Service.

How to Apply

To apply for this role click on the link here which will take you to the Housing Ombudsman Service wesbite https://housing-ombudsman-careers.org.uk/job/audit-and-risk-assurance-committee-member-x2/

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

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