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Independent Chair of Audit recruitment

Allowance £3,000 per year

St Albans City and District Council is seeking an Independent Chair for its Audit Committee. The Council has recently had an external review of its Audit Committee leading to a refresh of its Terms of Reference and the decision to seek an Independent Chair. The Audit Committee is a key element of the Council’s corporate governance. It provides an independent and high-level focus on the audit, assurance and reporting arrangements that underpin good governance and financial standards. 

The Committee is looking for a Chair with a background and keen interest in finance and/or governance to enhance the Audit Committee’s work on behalf of the residents of the district. The aim of the Independent Chair is to bring a fresh and objective viewpoint to the work of the Audit Committee and support them to carry out their work.  

Experience and Knowledge

Applicants will be an impartial, independent-minded person who might also have experience in Audit, Finance, Governance or Risk Management. The ideal candidate will be a good communicator, inquisitive, open minded and non-judgmental. They should be able to analyse information and ask questions effectively, as well as interested in public service. 


The Committee meets at least four times a year (usually in the evening). There is a provision in the Terms of Reference for additional meetings should the need arise (for example to agree the Annual Financial Statements). There is a requirement in-between meetings to read agendas and related papers and to attend briefings to agree the agenda and prepare for the formal meetings.

Additional requirements 

You must be able to meet the following conditions. 
•    Must not be a councillor or officer at the Council or have been so in the preceding five years prior to appointment. 
•    Must not be closely associated with anyone who is now a councillor or employee of the Council. 
•    Must have no unspent criminal convictions (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act applies). 
•    Must not be an undischarged bankrupt. 
•    Should have no significant business dealings with the Council, which could be seen to be prejudicial to a person’s independence or represent a conflict of interests. 
•    Should have no connection with any political group or be engaged in any party-political activity. 


The Independent Chair will receive a fixed annual allowance (£3,000 per annum) and their travelling and subsistence expenses are paid.


More information is on the recruitment pack, please click the link below.

Experience and Knowledge

Applications should be made in writing, ideally supported by both a recent CV and covering letter.  Email submissions can be made to the Panel via Suzanne Jones, Strategic Director - Customer, Business and Corporate Support (S151 Officer) at by 5pm on Tuesday 30th August 2022.