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Joint Audit Committee vacancies



The Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable for Hertfordshire are recruiting Independent Members for their Joint Audit Committee. Meeting approximately 4 times a year, the Committee is charged with providing independent scrutiny and assurance on the arrangements for corporate governance and financial and risk management within the Commissioner’s Office and the Constabulary. 


The appointments


Five appointments of Independent Members will be made on an initial 3½ year tenure, and the Chair of the Committee will be selected from these successful applicants.    The Committee Chair will receive an annual allowance of £3,000 plus travelling expenses; the other Members, an allowance of £250 per meeting plus travelling expenses.  These allowances take into account the time required to prepare for meetings by the consideration of relevant documentation and information in advance of each meeting.




The successful candidates will be able to commit to prepare for, and attend, at least four meetings within each financial year and have:


• Practical experience in the financial or general management of business or public sector organisations, in particular, in strategic planning, risk and performance management.
• Sound knowledge of organisational governance and a good understanding of the roles and purpose of internal and external audit.
• The ability to assess issues relating to the internal control of organisations and to identify and evaluate solutions.
• The ability to interpret, question, scrutinise and assure statistical and financial information.
• The ability and confidence to have independent thought to challenge objectively, the auditors and senior managers.
• Good communication skills both written and oral, giving the ability to interpret information and actively contribute to discussion and debate.
• An understanding of the wider external environment within which both organisations operate and a commitment to keep abreast of local, regional and national developments affecting policing.
• High personal standards of professional conduct and ethics.
• Strong inter-personal skills

In addition, the person selected as Chair will have experience in chairing at Board or Committee level and be able to demonstrate leadership skills.

It is essential that Members of the Committee provide independent advice to both organisations.  The Commissioner and Chief Constable therefore consider the following would be ineligible to be Independent Members:

• Serving police officers, police staff and staff in the Commissioner’s Office
• Individuals who (or where immediate family members) have significant business or personal dealings with the Commissioner’s Office or Hertfordshire Constabulary
• Individuals whose appointment would be likely to result in any real or perceived conflict of interest.


All applicants should consider their ability to meet the essential requirement of independence and state within their application any other potential conflicts of interest or associations with either organisation.  All appointments will be subject to a vetting process.


Application process


If you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact Andrew White, Chief Executive, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, telephone 01992 555621 or email


Applications should be in the form of a written submission, giving a brief career history and setting out specific evidence of how you meet the requirements of the role.  Please indicate if you wish to be considered for the post of Chair and if so, provide additional evidence on your suitability for that role.


Your application, clearly marked ‘Joint Audit Committee Application’ can be submitted either by:


email to:


or by post to:


Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire,
Leahoe House,
Pegs Lane,
SG13 8DE


Closing date for receipt of applications is 13th February 2013.


Both the Commissioner and Chief Constable firmly support a policy of equal opportunities and welcome applications from all eligible people.