Chair of Audit & Risk Committee / Trustee

Job Title: Chair of Audit & Risk Committee / Trustee
Location: Liverpool
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: CC-CAR150718
Contact Name: Nikki Povall
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 22, 2018 13:15

Job Description

Do you have a strong track record in financial management?  Do you have experience in managing risk and of large and complex budgets? Are you fair and balanced decision-maker and chairperson?

If so, are you interested becoming one of our Trustees and supporting our charity as the Chair of our Audit and Risk Committee?

Here at Career Connect, we are looking for an experienced professional with a robust commercial background and extensive financial experience, which is both recent and relevant, at a senior level to join our charity as both a Trustee and to take on the role of the Chair of our Audit and Risk Committee.

The position of Audit and Risk Chair will be of interest to those who are looking to use their executive experience and skills to support our mission of helping young people and adults secure skills and sustainable employment, or to those who have recently retired who wish to share their expertise and knowledge. This is an unremunerated Trusteeship; reasonable travel and expenses are payable.

You do not need to have previously been a trustee or non-executive director, although such experience would be valuable. You must be able to interpret complex financial data, to analyse financial statements and to demonstrate a high level of understanding and application of financial and risk management disciplines.

As Chair of Audit and Risk and a Trustee of Career Connect, you will be responsible for the smooth running of the Committee, its governance and for reviewing its performance and effectiveness. You will direct the work the Committee on the implementation of our financial management systems, ensuring adequate risk management and control.  You will keep the Career Connect Board of Trustees up-to-date on the work of the Committee.  To do this you will need to have experience of building and maintaining effective and appropriate relationships at a senior level.  You will promote the highest standards of probity, performance and governance and, as the Chair, will liaise closely with the Chief Executive, the Chair of Trustees, and Company Secretary / Assistant Director of Finance on a frequent basis. 

The following knowledge, skills and experience are therefore essential:-

  • an accountancy, internal or external auditing and / or legal qualification and associated professional membership e.g. CIPFA, ACCA, CIMA

  • highly-developed inter-personal and communication skillsto be able to quickly establish and maintain relationships and confidence

  • committee effectiveness and reporting from either a professional or voluntary context

  • possess a well-developed business acumen, political awareness and strong influencing skills which enable the ability to challenge and hold others to account as required

  • strong commitment to effective corporate governance and the Nolan public service values

  • detailed understanding of risk management processes

  • experience of management, leadership, performance management and transformation within similar sized organisations or charities

  •  an understanding of the commissioning environment and accountability structures within which our charity operates

The time commitment for this role is translates to approximately 1 day per month; this includes time for meetings and reviewing papers / reports. Meetings are generally held in our Head Office in Liverpool; the Board of the Trustees meets bi-monthly and the Audit and Risk Committee is held at least four times p.a.

Career Connect is a North West based charity. Our mission is to help individuals realise their potential through well-informed career choices and practical actions to secure employment, education and training.  Our principal areas of activity are in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region; we also operate in Lancashire, Cheshire and Warrington. 

To learn more about Career Connect and the role of the Chair and our Audit and Risk Committee, please click here

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Nikki Povall, PA to Chief Executive Team in the first instance on Tel: 0151 600 7710 / Email:

To apply for the position of Trustee & Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, please explain why you are interested in the role with our charity and identify your skills and competencies by completing the Expression of Interest survey and uploading your resume / CV by no later than midnight on Sunday 15th July 2018

(Please note: completion of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring element is optional)

A decision on the appointments will be made by Friday 17th August 2018


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