Ministry of Justice Non-Executive Board Member and Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Body: Ministry of Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Procurement, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £20,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Approximately 30 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Ministry of Justice is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. As a Non-Executive Board Member, you will provide independent advice and scrutiny on an array of departmental issues including the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, focussing on delivery and outcomes. Policy will be decided by Ministers alone, with advice from officials.

Non-Executives exercise their role through advice, influence and support to the Executive team and Ministers in order to work through Departmental challenges as well as improve performance.

As a Non-Executive you will:

  • Sit on the Departmental Board, chaired by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice;
  • Advise on performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the Department;
  • Provide independent scrutiny for the Department;
  • Advise on cross-government initiatives and policies;
  • Work with Executives and their offices to continue to improve Departmental performance;
  • Have the financial acumen to ensure that Departmental finances are being managed properly taking into consideration a significant period of budget reductions;
  • Bring commercial experience and expertise to the role – constructively challenge the Board and Executives on issues pertaining to development of strategy and risks to its delivery; and
  • Have the professional credibility and authority to challenge leaders.

Additionally, as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, you should possess a good understanding of governance, risk and control, with specific accounting and financial management experience. You are expected to have broad experience of change in large, multinational organisations, and the ability to grasp complex issues very quickly.

The role of Chair is to advise the Board and Accounting Officer on matters of financial accountability, risk, control, assurance and governance, with an understanding of the objectives of the Department and its current major issues and risks.

This includes:

  • Ensuring effective representation of the Ministry of Justice across Whitehall (e.g. Government-wide Lead Audit Risk and Assurance Committee meetings);
  • Reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances on governance, risk management and the control environment in meeting the Board and Accounting Officer’s assurance needs;
  • Reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances;
  • Reviewing the integrity of the financial statements;
  • Advising on the planned activity and results of both internal and external audit;
  • Reviewing and advising on the adequacy of management responses to issues identified by audit activity;
  • Supporting the Lead NEBM and other NEBMs to ensure that the right issues are addressed; and
  • Advising the Board and Accounting Officer about how well assurances support them in decision-taking and in discharging their accountability obligations.

For more information on Departmental boards and government non-executives please see

Person Specification

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities or skills:

  • Proven leadership in large, complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, with main board-level experience as an Executive or Non-Executive;
  • Experience of overseeing the development and utilisation of digital and technology end-to-end services for complex systems and significant risks associated with these;
  • Experience of risk, performance and financial management;
  • Experience of leading major projects from initiation, through development and to delivery, using sound evidence to inform decisions;
  • Financial accounting or audit qualifications/experience;
  • Experience of using assurance processes to deliver improved compliance in large, complex organisations;
  • An understanding of the key challenges faced by the public sector (particularly efficiency) and an ability to influence and shape these challenges;
  • The ability to contribute and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders in formal and informal professional environments;
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues) and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life


Genuine interest in public service and the successful running of the Department and Civil Service.

Additional Information

The Ministry of Justice and its agencies, in partnership with 27 arm’s length bodies, deliver prison, probation and youth custody services; administer criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals; and support victims, children, families and vulnerable adults.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to with NEBM/ARC Application in the email subject line. As a guide both should be no longer than two pages.

We are committed to ensuring our Board is diverse and welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. To help us monitor how effective we are in ensuring all sectors of society are represented, please complete the attached monitoring form along with setting out any potential conflicts of interest you may have.

Diversity Monitoring and conflict of interest declaration
NEBM and ARC Job Description 290519

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

Return to Search