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Independent Audit Committee Vacancy

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Your Chance to Help

Would you like to play a role in the future of policing in Durham?

An Independent Audit Committee for the Office of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (OPCVC) and the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary was established eight years ago. It is a combined body that advises the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) and the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary about their approach to governance and risk, both financial and other matters.

The Audit Committee comprises of five members who are independent of the OPCVC and Durham Constabulary. It meets around eight times a year. Representatives of the executive of the OPCVC, plus members appointed by the two top tier councils, and the Executive Team of Durham Constabulary are required to attend each meeting of the Committee.

Following some recent departures of long standing committee members due to retirement, the PCVC and Chief Constable are now seeking applications from members of the public, to be part of this Committee.

We are seeking to appoint a Chairperson for the next four years and up to four other Panel Members, one of which will be appointed as Vice Chair, to form the Committee.

The Independent Audit Committee plays a key role in enhancing public trust and confidence in the governance of the OPCVC and Durham Constabulary, and assisting the PCVC to discharge their statutory responsibilities in holding Durham Constabulary to account.  It assists both organisations in ensuring they have effective systems for governance and risk management.

Applicants must be independent from the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, the Police and Crime Panel, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, the Chief Constable and not employed by the Police.  Ideally applicants should be able to demonstrate relevant or transferrable experience and knowledge of corporate governance issues.

The Chair and Vice Chair will need proven experience of chairing meetings, preferably in a corporate governance, audit and or finance field.

The Chair and Members of the Committee will receive an allowance based on attendance, details of which can be found in the information pack.

Candidates are invited to complete the application form setting out the relevant experience and skills for the appointment—and to indicate whether they wish to be considered for the Chair and/or Vice Chair roles.

A link to the CIPFA practical guidance for audit committees is available here

Further details on the role of the Audit Committee, including its current terms of reference and role of members are available here

Previous minutes are available at http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Your-PCC/Scrutiny/Joint-Audit-Committee.aspx

Completed application forms should be sent by post to Mrs Sharon Caddell, Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer, Office of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham, Police Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TT, or alternatively email to General.enquiries@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

For further information and an application form you can access our information packs at www.durham-pcc.gov.uk, contact us with your details on 0191 3752001 or E-mail General.Enquiries@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk  and we can arrange for a member of the team to speak with you further.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday, 15 November 2020.


Posted on Friday 23rd October 2020
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