Non-Executive Director (NED) and Audit Committee Chair

Body: The Coal Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy
Location: Mansfield
Skills required: Audit and Risk, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post-holder will receive a part-time pay at the rate of £11,666 for 3 days per month. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The time commitment for the role is three days per month (36 days per year). Any additional days worked will be on a voluntary basis.


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

Jayne Scott has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Risk Committee of the Coal Authority.

Date: 16/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    16/01/2019 at 11:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Coal Authority (CA) works to protect the public and the environment in coal mining areas. The Authority manages the effects of past coal mining in order to promote public safety and safeguard the landscape – now and for future generations. The CA owns, on behalf of the country, the vast majority of the coal in Great Britain, as well as former coal mines.

The CA is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by BEIS, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Board:

The CA is looking to fill the crucial role of Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair. You will provide financial, corporate governance and propriety guidance and stewardship to the Authority, the Chief Executive and the management team.

The CA is based in Mansfield and you will be required to spend at least one day per month at its headquarters.

Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair:

The CA is undertaking a considerable period of change as we explore how we can make the most of our information and expertise in a commercial context. Like all of the public sector, we are working to improve our efficiency as well as identifying new ways of generating income from our assets, knowledge and expertise. A key challenge will be to ensure this commercialisation programme doesn’t compromise our duties under public sector accounting.

Our core role is about public safety and environmental management, working to make the public, planners and developers aware of our country’s mining legacy as well as dealing with its consequences, including subsidence and pollution.

To succeed in this role, you will need to be appropriately professionally qualified with a firm understanding of accounting standards and how to apply them in public or private sector organisations. You should be able to demonstrate previous experience in working as a member of an Audit Committee or similar.

Your high ethical standards, integrity and strong interpersonal skills as well as your sound judgement and willingness to probe and challenge will be matched by the leadership and vision necessary to set the agenda for this vital Committee.

Person Specification

Your application should demonstrate the following:

Essential criteria

  • Outstanding leadership, teamwork, listening and influencing skills;
  • Sound judgment, analysis and decision making skills; and the ability to provide a challenging and supportive role to the Chief Executive and other senior team members;
  • Open minded – willingness to engage with a change programme;
  • Proven corporate governance skills;
  • A good track record of delivery at board level;
  • Experience as an Audit Committee member (not necessarily Chair);
  • A relevant professional qualification;
  • A firm understanding of accounting standards and how to apply them in a public or private sector organisation;
  • Experience in the area of financial management; and
  • Some understanding of the public sector.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of IT transformation.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00 on 31 August.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents by email to

  • A Covering Letter setting out how you meet the Essential Criteria
  • CV
  • Candidate Application Form
  • Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “CA, NED and Audit Chair” in the subject box.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

Coal Authority - Diversity monitoring form
Coal Authority - Applicant Pack
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