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Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

We are seeking an independent member to join the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) to ensure Historic England continues to maintain an excellent framework for corporate governance, financial and internal controls and accountability, including risk analysis and management.

Historic England looks after the historic environment, providing expert advice to protect and care for it, and helping the public to understand and enjoy it.

Our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee supports Historic England’s Commission and the Accounting Officer in their responsibilities for maintaining sound risk-management, control and governance arrangements. Please read the committee's Terms of Reference.

The committee meets at least four times a year in central London.

Independent member vacancy

We are seeking an independent member to join ARAC to ensure Historic England continues to maintain an excellent framework for corporate governance, financial and internal controls and accountability, including risk analysis and management.

Person specification

The successful candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • Substantial financial, audit and risk management experience at a senior level - preferably acquired within a governmental or an arm’s length body environment
  • A knowledge and understanding of public sector financial management
  • An ability to promote sound corporate governance and management of risk within Historic England, including scrutiny of the Annual Report and Accounts, financial processes and internal controls
  • An ability to operate effectively as a committee member and to provide independent support, guidance and constructive challenge on matters referred to the committee
  • An understanding of Historic England’s work, the environment in which it operates and a commitment to its aims and objectives
  • Sympathy with the overall aims of Historic England in protecting the historic environment and handing on our national legacy of historic buildings and places to future generations

How to apply

Please apply by sending a covering letter/email and CV to governance@HistoricEngland.org.uk.  Please include ARAC in the subject line of your message.

In your covering letter/email please briefly outline (in no more than 250 words for each) these areas:

  • What skills, knowledge and experience do you have that is specifically relevant to your application
  • Describe how you have influenced change or a key issue within your working career or the historic environment
  • Why does being a part of a Committee at Historic England interest you

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2018.

Please note that this position is not remunerated, although all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Appointments are made by the Chairman of Historic England following appropriate interviews and in line with the Government’s seven principles of public life (The ‘Nolan Principles’).

We regret that candidates who are not shortlisted will not be given feedback.

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