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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: Voluntary
Company:Arts Council
Open to all
Apply by:28/09/2021 - 17:00

Independent Member of the Performance and Audit Committee

Are you seeking a voluntary position where you'll contribute your expertise in auditing, risk management or corporate governance? 

Arts Council England is the national public development and investment agency for art and culture. Its mission is ‘Great art and culture for everyone’. Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports activities across the arts, museums, and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Arts Council England are seeking two new independent members of the Performance and Audit Committee, responsible for providing assurance of effective auditing, financial reporting, internal controls and risk management. In this voluntary position, you will be expected to attend four in person committee meetings a year as well as training events relevant to the role.


  • You will be invited to provide assurance of systems, controls and processes that may have an impact on Arts Council England's ability to delivery its strategy, ensuring that:
  • Effective audit processes are in place (both internal and external)
  • Effective performance management processes are in place
  • Appropriate risk management processes are in place
  • Necessary internal control environment is established and adhered to
  • The organisation functions within the principles of best practice and legal and financial requirements of a registered charity
  • The Annual Report and Accounts have been reviewed prior to its submission to National Council for approval

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience working at a senior level with recent experience of audit, risk management or corporate governance
  • Either recent experience of working in an arms-length public body or central government in a senior finance or operational role, or recent senior/strategic experience of working with loans and other forms of financing
  • Previous Board or Committee experience is desirable
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of charity boards and local authorities
  • Strong strategic awareness of the wider context in which an organisation operates and ability to identify emerging external factors and trends that may impact on strategy implementation or plans
  • A good communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, objectivity and independence
  • Able to provide constructive challenge to Management, Internal and External Audit, and anybody else reporting to the Committee
  • Able to commit the time required to the role
  • Knowledge of and demonstrable commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • An understanding of the Arts Council’s duty as a public body under current equality legislation
  • A genuine commitment to further the work of Arts Council England

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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