Audit and Risk Committee Members

The Children’s Commissioner for England is an independent voice for children. Her role is to be the eyes, ears, and advocate for children, particularly the most vulnerable, in Whitehall and beyond.

The Commissioner has special responsibility for the rights of children who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services. She also speaks for wider groups of children on non-devolved issues including immigration (for the whole of the UK) and youth justice (for England and Wales).

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 they 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.

Candidates should have an interest in issues affecting children, particularly the most vulnerable, and be interested in the work of the Commissioner’s office.

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 interpersonal skills
  • awareness of issues affecting children, particularly the most vulnerable
  • extensive experience of either finance and/or audit, including knowledge of government accounting protocols and relevant financial qualification and/or risk management

Meetings are held four times a year with members attending a brief pre and post-meeting for 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 representative are invited to join the pre-meet.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact Lyn Foster on


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How to apply

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

The application deadline is midnight on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

We anticipate that interviews will take place virtually the week commencing 19 or 26 October 2020.