Board Member - Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair

Body: Environment Agency (EA)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £350 per day. Reasonable travel expenses are also paid. This role is non-pensionable.
Time Requirements: 4 days per month, which will include preparation and participation in Board meetings, and any other responsibilities as agreed with the Chair. The Board meets approximately eight times per year and Board committees meet four times per year.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has appointed John Lelliott OBE to the Board of the Environment Agency. The appointment will run from 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2021. John will become Chair of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee following a handover period.

Date: 16/01/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    16/01/2018 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Environment Agency (EA) Board has responsibility for a large, complex public organisation and needs the right skills and depth of expertise to deal with future challenges and opportunities.

It needs members who can provide senior strategic leadership to help the EA deal with the impacts of climate change and secure even better environmental protection as the UK prepares to leave the EU; as well as relevant professional insight into key corporate or business issues, such as audit and risk assurance, management of water quality and resources, or regulated industries.

Board members also serve as a lead member for one or more of the EA’s operational Areas, working closely with senior staff in the Area and providing guidance and support on the delivery of national and local priorities. A local understanding or insight into a specific regional context for the EA’s work would be a benefit.

The Secretary of State wants to attract high-calibre applicants from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate they have the relevant skills, knowledge and expertise as well as the ability to discharge a full range of non-executive responsibilities. There is a need for people with proven commercial acumen and an ability to manage large budgets, services or projects, ideally in an industry relevant to the EA’s work.

In particular, the Board needs a qualified accountant with relevant professional expertise to oversee the EA’s audit and financial risk assurance, deliver ambitious efficiency targets and ensure value for money from its annual budget of £1.3 billion.

The successful candidate must abide by the Nolan principles of public service.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Significant expertise in audit, governance, risk assurance and financial reporting and must be a Chartered Accountant.

• A clear commitment to the Environment Agency’s role in protecting and improving the environment, reducing the risk to communities from flooding and coastal erosion, and promoting sustainable development.

• An ability to question, challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting in a large and complex organisation.

• An ability to analyse issues at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions.

• A proven ability to influence and engage a strong and diverse network of people and organisations and the stature to inspire confidence in stakeholders at all levels.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 ( Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability. The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Monday 11th September 2017. Email to quoting reference APPT 05/17.

1_EA flyer
2_Candidate Pack APPT05-17
3_Monitoring form 1
4_Monitoring form 2
5_Public Appointments Guidance notes
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