Jul 072019
 

Lay Member - Plymouth City Council

Business / Organisation Name: Plymouth City Council
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk
Business / Organisation Type: Government
Role Title: Lay Member
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Plymouth City Council wishes to appoint two independent members to fill vacancies on its Audit and Governance Committee. Appointments are for a period of four years, subject to annual review.

As an independent member, you would be expected to have finance, accountancy, corporate governance, risk management or audit background. You must be able to analyse and discuss complex information and act impartially at all times.

The Audit and Governance Committee provides a key source of assurance on the Council’s audit and corporate governance arrangements. Specifically, the Committee is responsible for the council’s internal and external audit activity, risk management, maintaining an effective control environment, treasury management, financial accounts and wider corporate governance and civic matters.

The Audit and Governance Committee comprises up to three independent members and five elected members of the City Council. You will be required to attend up to four meetings a year; training will be provided and travel expenses will be paid for meetings you attend.

We are looking for individuals who share our values, have a commitment to continuous improvement and a desire to deliver better outcomes for all of our residents. Anyone wishing to put themselves forward for this role should be able to demonstrate a commitment to good governance in the public sector, and preferably have some knowledge of local government or other public bodies.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the role must not:

  • be current or former councillors or officers of Plymouth City Council, or a close friend or relative of such a person
  • have any criminal conviction
  • be an undischarged bankrupt
  • have any significant business dealings with the Council
  • be currently actively engaged in politics or be a member of a political party

Overview

As an independent member, you would be expected to have finance, accountancy, corporate governance, risk management or audit background. You must be able to analyse and discuss complex information and act impartially at all times.

Time commitment

Approximately six days per year, including meeting preparation and attendance.

Skills and experience

We are particularly interested in people who can demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Essential:
    • Ability to remain independent in thinking and consider matters without regard to personal political views
    • Ability to analyse information, ask pertinent questions, reach rational conclusions and maintain confidentiality
    • A professional qualification or background in accountancy, risk management, law, governance or general management
    • An understanding of local government and/or the public sector more broadly
    • Broad understanding of and commitment to the ‘7 Principles of Public Life’
    • An understanding of governance and ethical standards
  • Desirable:
    • Experience of dealing with Local Government or a similar public sector or voluntary organisation
    • Experience of acting as an independent member/non-executive director or a trustee on a Board or Committee
    • Knowledge of Local Government and an understanding of the role of Council and Councillors
    • Recent senior management experience within a complex organisation

Independent members of Audit and Governance Committee are expected to abide by the Council’s Members Code of Conduct and the Nolan Principles of Public Life

Application Details

How to apply: Please send a CV and covering letter which addresses how you meet the skills outlined in the attached role profile to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk

Closing dates for applications: 14 July 2019

Informal discussions with shortlisted applicants to be held: w/c 22 July 2019
The scheduled meetings of Audit and Governance Committee for 2019/20 are:

  • 22 July 2019
  • 23 September 2019
  • 9 December 2019
  • 23 March 2019

The committee usually meets from 3 – 5pm.

Please contact Siân Millard, Oversight and Governance Manager on sian.millard@plymouth.gov.uk for further information or an informal discussion about the role.

Closing Date: 14/07/2019
Contact Name: Sian Millard
Contact Telephone: 01752 304870
Contact Email: sian.millard@plymouth.gov.uk

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