Chair of Audit Committee

Job Title: Chair of Audit Committee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Gloucestershire
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: AFC1
Contact Name: Andrew Gray
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 08, 2020 12:57

Job Description

Chair of Forest Peoples Programme Audit Committee (AC)

Forest Peoples Programme (a registered charity) is a human rights organisation working with forest peoples across the globe to secure their rights to their lands and their livelihoods. We work alongside more than 60 partner organisations representing indigenous peoples and forest communities from across the globe. We support forest peoples and indigenous organisations to promote an alternative vision of how forests should be managed, based on respect for the rights, knowledge, cultures and identities of the peoples who know them best.

Main purpose of role: To ensure that the charity’s internal policies and external audit functions are operating efficiently and effectively and that the risk management process adopted by the charity enables the identification of anything that threatens or adversely affects the accomplishment of the charity’s aims and objectives.

Duties of the chair

The Chair of the AC is an FPP trustee; at least two other trustees also serve on the AC. The AC usually meets twice a year, in April and October. The duties of the Chair include:

• chairing meetings of the AC;

• ensuring that the AC fulfils its remit;

• reporting and providing advice to the Trustee Board at its meetings (including the AGM);

• liaising with the Head of Finance and other members of the finance team, the Director and the External Auditors as required (including attending the pre audit planning meeting).

Person specification

The Chair of the AC must be able to demonstrate:

  • appropriate financial qualifications and experience (normally a qualified member of one of the member bodies of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB);
  • a strong risk management background with recent experience of charity/NGO risk management;
  • knowledge of financial reporting and compliance requirements for charities;
  • previous experience in a senior financial role of a commercial or not for profit organisation of a similar or larger size than FPP;
  • experience of corporate governance, preferably within the voluntary sector, either as a volunteer or as a senior member of staff;
  • integrity, strategic vision, good independent judgement and a willingness to speak his or her mind.

Time commitment

In addition to attending meetings of the FPP Board, the Chair of the AC will be expected to attend two meetings a year of the AC, the pre audit planning meeting with the external auditors (normally held in January) and to liaise with relevant staff, other trustees and advisers as required.


We encourage applicants from people in the Global South. Whilst experience is important to us, it is equally important that new trustees who can share our passion and commitment. If you believe that you have any of the above expertise, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Our new trustees
should be able to demonstrate professional skills and have experience at operating at board or a senior level. They will need to be strategic thinkers and have excellent communication skills.
The trustee positions are unremunerated but reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

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