Advertisement for Appointment of Independent Persons for Audit Committee

Northumberland County Council is seeking 2 independent persons for Audit Committee. The role is eligible for an annual members allowance of £1000 plus mileage expenses.


The role of the Audit Committee is to give independent assurance on the Council’s arrangements for risk management, internal control, and financial governance (including preparation of the statutory accounts).


The Audit Committee comprises 8 Councillors and 2 independent persons. The independent persons are not elected, and are appointed by the Council from the local community. The Audit Committee is currently scheduled to meet 6 times a year to deal with set items of business, but this is subject to annual review.


To be considered for this position, you must be experienced in matters of an audit nature. You will also be skilled in risk management, performance management and financial governance, preferably within a large or public sector organisation. You will be able to demonstrate probity and the highest level of integrity in your conduct.


Applications cannot be considered from anyone who is a local authority officer or member or where any potential conflict of interest would arise


The work will be challenging, innovative and provides a real opportunity for you to make an active contribution to our excellent corporate governance. If you feel you have the experience and personal qualities to undertake this role, an application form and information pack are available from the Chief Internal Auditor, Shared Internal Audit and Risk Management Service, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF, or by contacting Shirley Hall (PA to Chief Internal Auditor) on (01670) 622875 or email


The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 October 2017.


Interviews will be held during October 2017.


The first meeting of the Audit Committee following appointment will take place on 24 January 2018.

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