Audit and Risk Committee Members

The Children’s Commissioner for England sits at the heart of Government, delivering for children, and championing their voices and needs. This includes a particular responsibility towards children who rely on the state for their safety or protection.

The Children’s Commissioner is a unique statutory role with powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for children. Her messages to policy and decision makers, leaders of industry, charities and sometimes parents provide insight, evidence and challenge to us all to provide the best support possible for children as they grow up.

The Commissioner is a Corporation Sole, which means that all legal powers rest with her, and is responsible for all decision-making and governance and as the accounting officer has personal responsibility for maintaining a sound system of governance, internal control and risk management whilst safeguarding public funds.

To support the Commissioner as a Corporation Sole, an Audit and Risk Committee was established to provide a means of independent assurance and objective review of financial systems, financial information, information data security, risk management systems, governance arrangements and internal control mechanisms.

Audit and Risk members do not receive a fee, however are eligible to claim reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on the Children’s Commissioner’s business.

The Commissioner is now inviting applications from exceptional individuals with a wide breadth of experience to join her Audit and Risk Committee. One member of the Committee is appointed Chair of the Committee by the Commissioner. The current Chair’s term is due to end in September 2022 and a new Chair will be selected at this time.

Candidates should have an interest in issues affecting children, particularly the most vulnerable, and be interested in the work of the Commissioner’s office. At least one successful candidate must have a background in HR.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • track record of operating at a senior level in a high-profile organisation
  • understanding of the role of an Audit and Risk Committee
  • knowledge of corporate governance arrangements
  • ability to challenge rigorously and debate constructively
  • strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • genuine interest in the work of the Children’s Commissioner
  • extensive experience of governance, strategic planning and performance management.
  • senior experience in either an educational or a children’s social care setting
  • extensive experience of either HR and/or audit, including a knowledge of relevant government protocols
  • an HR and/or risk management qualification

Meetings are held four times a year with members attending brief pre- and post-meeting private discussions. An additional meeting is generally scheduled in June to consider the Commissioner’s Annual Report and Accounts, when the Head of Internal Audit and National Audit Office representatives are invited to join the pre-meet.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will attend the ARC meeting on 21 September 2022.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from under-represented groups, including those based on race, gender and disability.

To apply, please send your CV, supporting statement, Registration of Interests form and Equality and diversity monitoring form to [email protected] by the deadline of 23:59hrs on Wednesday 06 July 2022.

We anticipate that interviews will take place virtually on Monday 18 July 2022.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact [email protected].

Read the Audit and Risk Committee terms of reference


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How to apply

To apply, please send us your CV, supporting statement, Registration of Interests form and Equality and diversity monitoring form

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Submissions by 23:59hrs on Wednesday 06 July 2022

We anticipate that interviews will take place virtually on Monday 18 July 2022