Co-opted independent member of Regulation, Audit and Accounts Committee volunteer

Volunteer to be part of the Regulation, Audit and Accounts Committee.

The purpose of the audit function of the committee is to:

  • provide independent assurance of the adequacy of risk management framework and the associated control environment
  • provide independent scrutiny of the County Council’s financial and non-financial performance to the extent that it affects exposure to risk and weakens the control environment
  • oversee the financial reporting process.

Role description

Details of duties

  • Participate in meetings of the committee, normally four meetings per year on a Monday morning from 10.30am to 1.00pm.
  • Support the committee by offering constructive challenge on reports being considered and support others to do the same.
  • Challenge and provide expertise related to finance, accounts or audit and corporate governance.
  • Keep informed of issues facing the council and local authorities generally.
  • Help the committee to review and monitor its own effectiveness.
  • Participate in training events related to the work of the committee.

Skills required

  • Experience either as an accountant or auditor or working with statutory accounts, preferably at a senior level, or significant experience as an audit committee member or non-executive director in a large or complex organisation.
  • Understanding of finance or accounts, preferably in a public sector environment.
  • Ability to be objective and impartial and to exercise good judgement.
  • Ability to digest and understand complex financial information.
  • Ability to analyse evidence and ask the right questions to hold the organisation to account.
  • Ability to influence others to provide appropriate challenge.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with strong influencing and communication skills.

Applicants must not be an employee of West Sussex County Council or a member of a political party.

Applicants should submit a CV and supporting statement setting out why they are applying for the position. These will be considered and a shortlist will be prepared by the Director of Law and Assurance and the Director of Finance and Support Services.

Last updated:
12 April 2021
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