The London Borough of Newham is committed to delivering and promoting good governance. As part of that commitment, Newham has established an Audit Committee to review all of the Council’s arrangements for internal control, financial management and corporate governance.
The Audit Committee is comprised of elected members and 3 independent members, of which all three are currently vacant - 1 of the vacancies being for an independent chair.
Ideally, the independent members should offer a range of different skills and experience. The ideal candidates will be experts in financial control and management, possibly with an audit background.
With regards the independent chair, we are looking for someone who has the additional experience of chairing formal meetings.
Applications cannot be accepted from candidates if they are currently a Member, Co-opted Member, an Advisor to the Mayor of London Borough of Newham, employee or a consultant to the authority in any capacity, or have been within the last 5 years; or if they are a relative or are a close friend of such a person.
Independent members should live or work in Newham. The Audit Committee is scheduled to meet approximately 6 times a year. Relevant training will be provided. An annual allowance will be paid of £543 and £1,303 for the Chair. Out of borough travel can be reimbursed. The term of office is two years with the possibility of extension for a further two years.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send your CV and supporting statement outlining how your skills and experience relate to the role to:
Or Post to P. Egan, Democratic Services. LBN. Newham Dockside 1000 Dockside Road London E16 2QU.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 26 June.
Interview date TBC.
All Co-Optees are bound by the Council’s code of conduct.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Members and Co-opted Members of London Borough of Newham have a responsibility to represent the community and work constructively with staff and others to secure better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all. In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 provisions, when acting in this capacity Newham Members and Co-Optees are committed to behaving in a manner that is consistent with the following principles to achieve best value for our residents and maintain public confidence in the authority.
SELFLESSNESS: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
INTEGRITY: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
OBJECTIVITY: In carrying out public business, including making public
appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
OPENNESS: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
HONESTY: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
LEADERSHIP: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.’