We are seeking a Non-Executive Director to join the Management
Board and act as Chair for our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
Like many public sector boards, it is an advisory body to the APHA
Accounting Officer and has no executive powers or responsibilities - its role
is to challenge and support executives in delivering strategy, policy and
customer objectives, and achieving value for money. Critical to the
effectiveness of the Board, is its ability to influence its stakeholders and to
bring its collective wisdom to help to constantly improve the work and
reputation of the Agency.
The Audit and Risk Assurance
Committee (ARAC) is a committee of the agency Management Board. It is also an
advisory body to the APHA Accounting Officer and has no executive powers or
The ARAC is established to support and
advise on issues of risk, control, governance and assurance and other related
matters, and to assist audits and status within the agency. The ARAC
comprises of three Non-Executive members. In addition, the APHA Chief
Executive, one APHA Director, a representative of Defra's Finance and
Performance Directorate, a representative from Defra's Internal Audit and an
external auditor will attend.
APHA will provide the ARAC Chair
with a secretariat function.
All our non-executives contribute to the Board’s work and the
achievement of its objectives through Board and committee meetings, and other
tasks assigned by the Chair. As a non-executive Board member, you will:
- provide advice about strategy and policy, and the delivery of
- ensure issues are explored from a range of viewpoints, promoting
inclusion and engaging with stakeholders when necessary;
- review and provide advice about performance, respecting the
principles of good governance, supporting and holding the executive to account
without becoming involved in the running of the business;
- make well informed contributions to debate and discussion at Board
meetings to aid collective decision-making;
- provide effective oversight of financial and risk management and
- maintain high personal standards in relation to personal behaviour
and uphold the Nolan principles of public life.
As Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, you will:
all ARAC meetings and maintain a high level of discussion and debate,
helping steer the Agency by collective working;
an annual ARAC effectiveness review is performed. Compliance with the
Corporate Governance Code, Code of Conduct for ARAC Members and rules
relating to the use of public funds and conflicts of interest;
to the delivery of the Annual Report and Accounts and Business Plans;
the agency at the Defra Audit and Risk Assurance Committee;
regularly with the other NEDs and senior officials.