Local authorities across Wales are currently looking to appoint lay persons to their governance and audit committees.
These statutory committees are a key component of a local authority’s governance framework and improvement programme.
The purpose of the Governance and Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of the risk management framework, internal control environment, performance assessment, complaints handling and integrity of the financial reporting and governance processes. By overseeing both internal and external audit it makes an important contribution to ensuring that effective assurance arrangements are in place.
Many local authorities are considering using remote meetings for their governance and audit committees moving forward. This makes lay person participation within governance and audit committees easier.
Committees meet several times a year for which lay persons (independent members) receive financial remuneration.
Remuneration is paid in accordance with the rates determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (see section 9, pages 30 to 31).
What is a lay person?
A lay person means a person who:
- is not a member or an officer of any local authority
- has not been at any time in the period of twelve months ending with the date of appointment been a member or an officer of any local authority
- is not the spouse of civil partner of a member or an officer of any local authority
Who are we looking for?
In addition to satisfying this criteria, suitable applicants will need to be non-political with an understanding and commitment to the 7 Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles) and able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics:
- interest and knowledge/experience of financial, risk and performance management, audit accounting concepts and standards, and the regulatory regime within Wales
- objective and independent of mind with an unbiased attitude and ability to apply discretion
- supportive of good governance principles and their practical application towards the achievement of organisational objectives
- strategic thinker with excellent communication skills
- aility to understand and weigh up evidence and challenge respectfully
A detailed knowledge of local government is not necessary although it would be expected that potential candidates would be interested in matters relating to public life and services.
From May 2022 Governance and Audit Committees will be chaired by a lay person, so a willingness and ability to fulfil this role is desirable.
If you have an interest or experience in governance, audit, performance or risk management and want to help a local authority ensure that it is governed effectively, you can visit the WLGA website to see which local authorities are currently recruiting.
How to apply
Please see the document attached on this page before applying using the online form.
There is a link to our data protection policy and privacy notice on this page and there is also a link to it within the form.
Closing date 30 November 2021.