Government Internal Audit Agency Non-Executive Board Chair

Body: Government Internal Audit Agency
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: The role takes place in London, but we welcome applications from outside London.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role has a fixed annual fee of £22,500 based upon the agreed time commitment shown above. Remuneration is taxable under Schedule E of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (as amended) and subject to Class I National Insurance contributions.
Time Requirements: The Chair will be expected to commit 30 days each year.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    01/07/2021 & 05/07/2021

  • Announcement


Due to limited availability of selection panel members, shortlisted candidates should ensure that they are available to attend on one of the advertised interview dates as it is unlikely that an alternative date can be accommodated. Interviews will be held online using Microsoft Teams.


Assessment Panel

  • Cat Little Added 25/05/2021

    Panel Chair

    Director General Public Spending, HM Treasury • Departmental Official

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  • Elizabeth Honer Added 25/05/2021

    Chief Executive, GIAA • Departmental Official

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  • Michael Hearty Added 25/05/2021

    Non-Executive Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, HMRC • Independent Member

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  • David Holt Added 25/05/2021

    Non-Executive Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, DWP • Independent Member

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  • Ronak Kakad Added 25/05/2021

    Diversity and Inclusion Champion, GIAA • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

We are looking for a talented, highly experienced individual to lead the Agency’s Board during an exciting new chapter of the Agency’s development.

To lead and manage the Board effectively, the Chair is required to:

  • Chair Board meetings and maintain a high standard of discussion and debate, in line with our values, helping to steer the agency by collective working.
  • Seek opportunities to hear from the Agency’s customers and from people within the Agency, through invitations to Board meetings or awaydays.
  • Ensure the Board operates effectively providing appropriate influence, expert advice, support and constructive challenge, bringing external experience and expertise to the Board’s decisions on strategic and operational issues.
  • Communicate regularly with the Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executive, HMT Sponsor and senior officials, and oversee the contribution of the former to the work of the Board.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Annual Report and Accounts and ensure an annual Board effectiveness review is performed and that results from the review are acted upon.
  • Ensure compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies and rules relating to the use of public funds and conflicts of interest. Any deviations from the Codes are adequately explained.
  • Participate in recruitment of senior officials and non-executive directors as required from time to time.
  • Provide feedback and annually appraise Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executive and Executive Directors.

Person Specification

Skills and Experience

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Non-Executive Chair who can demonstrate competencies and abilities shown below.

Essential Criteria

  • A record of achievement and personal effectiveness at a senior level, with a proven track record as a Non-Executive chair of a governance body in a large public or private sector body.
  • Ability to lead and contribute to the long-term strategy, development and success of the Agency.
  • Provide effective scrutiny and challenge to the Executive and to hold them to account for the delivery of performance and strategy, while acting in accordance with our values at all times.
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgement and the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management.
  • An understanding of the importance of sound governance and internal control, including risk management, with a record of achievement at a senior level.
  • Demonstrable interest in the work of GIAA and the challenges it faces acting as an advocate of the Agency in senior fora.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of business transformation and change management, ideally enabled by digital technology, gained through senior experience.
  • Experience in an organisation with a large and complex customer portfolio.
  • Experience as a member of an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Additional Information

Please see attachments for more details.

How to Apply

How to Apply

For us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the criteria in the person specification
  3. Equal opportunities monitoring form – this form will not be disclosed to the panel involved in assessing your application but will be used to monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment process
  4. Political activity form
  5. Conflicts of interest declaration
  6. Details of any public appointments currently held
  7. Names and contact details of two referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview

Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 are enclosed in a combined Monitoring Forms document

Please email all the above required application documents to:  Due to ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one being present in the office please contact GIAA Recruitment who will provide advice if you are unable to use email to submit an application.

Diversity Monitoring Form
Disability Confident Scheme, Political Activity, and Conflict of Interest questionnaire
Disability Confident Scheme, Political Activity, and Conflict of Interest questionnaire
GIAA Chair Candidate Pack 24 May 21 amdt
GIAA Chair Candidate Pack 24 May 21 amdt

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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