Your chance to influence and shape council governance

South Ayrshire Council is looking for an external, independent lay Chairperson to chair its Audit and Governance Panel – the first role of its kind within the council.

The Audit and Governance Panel is the audit committee of the council, providing independent assurance of internal and external control arrangements and the risk management framework to ensure adequate and effective financial reporting and controls; risk management strategies; governance arrangements and compliance with legislation, regulations, standards and procedures.

The external, independent lay Chairperson will be responsible for chairing and contributing to Panel meetings, encouraging open and proactive accountability, and working with Council staff to plan and develop the work programme for the Panel.

This unique role – which was previously held by an elected member – is a terrific opportunity for suitably-qualified candidates to come forward for the chance to influence and shape the governance of the Council. It’s expected that the role will take up around 20 days per year.

Applicants must understand the values that underpin good governance as well as the role of governance in the public sector; have excellent communication and negotiating skills; be committed to equality and diversity; and have a broad understanding of the financial, risk and control, and corporate governance issues facing the Council.

He or she should also have recent experience and/or knowledge of financial and/or general management in a large organisation, formal risk management frameworks, and corporate governance arrangements.

The fixed-term position is available until 31 May 2017 and comes with remuneration of £5,000 per year.

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The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 22 May 2015.