Independent Member Woking College Finance and Audit Committee

Job Title: Independent Member Woking College Finance and Audit Committee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Woking
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: HME 1
Contact Name: Helen Meredith
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 04, 2019 13:13

Job Description


Woking College, a successful Single Academy Trust is seeking an independent member to join the Board’s combined Finance and Audit Committee.  The Finance and Audit Committee is a committee of the governing body of the Academy Trust.

The role

This role is independent of the Trustee Board and the person appointed will not become a Trustee of Woking College.

We are specifically looking for someone with current Audit experience and knowledge independently to assist the Committee to discharge its Audit role effectively.  This will involve providing advice, scrutiny and constructive challenge on matters relating to the effectiveness of the College’s arrangements for internal control, risk management, financial reporting, data quality, governance and value for money.  

You will be asked to attend three committee meetings each year, additional meetings may be called if necessary.

Person Specification

We wish to appoint an experienced qualified Accountant with a proven track record at a senior level in Third Sector organisations or of auditing Third Sector clients.  Previous experience either as a member of or working at a senior level with an Audit Committee is preferred; and previous experience working with educational institutions is also desirable.

The competencies required for this role include the following skills.


You will be able to demonstrate:

  • a clear understanding of internal controls and a control environment within a complex organisation;

  • experience of risk management, finance, accountancy, compliance and auditing standards within Further Education or a related sector;

  • a passion for and desire to improve the life chances of young people;

  • a demonstrably collaborative way of working, for example with fellow Committee members, Trustees, senior staff and other stakeholders;

  • awareness of and willingness to adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Life;
  • a professional qualification from a CCAB (or equivalent) recognised body.


  • legal experience and knowledge;
  • experience of working with educational or Third Sector organisations generally;

  • knowledge of governance issues and processes in educational or Third Sector organisations.

All committee members are required to confirm before appointment that they are ‘fit and proper’ persons. They will also be required to work in accordance with Woking College’s Trustees’ Code of Conduct.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Time Commitment

Reading meeting papers and attending meetings of the Finance and Audit Committee three times a year

Length of appointment:   Initially four years, to commence in September 2019, with the possibility of extension for a further period of up to four years.


For more information, or to arrange an informal chat please contact the Clerk to Trustees, Helen Meredith at

Woking College is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all who are interested in this voluntary position.

Key dates

Deadline for applications: Friday, 3rd May 2019

Commencement Date for role: 1 September 2019