Non-Executive Member of Oversight Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair (Internal Governance Board), National Infrastructure Commission [Extended Advert]

Body: National Infrastructure Commission
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This role is unremunerated but expenses are paid
Time Requirements: 2-3 days per quarter, which will include preparation for and participation in Board and Committee meetings

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    02/07/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 5th July

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 12th July

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

[Please note – this advert has was previously listed on the site and has now been extended by 4 weeks.]

About the Oversight Board

The role of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Oversight Board is to ensure that the NIC is managed and governed appropriately, operates within its financial and operational delegation limits and has effective governance arrangements in place.  Oversight Board members play an important role in supporting and challenging the executive team in improving the NIC’s strategic and operational delivery.

The Oversight Board is responsible for:

  • Assuring the effectiveness of the NIC’s financial management and administrative functions
  • Holding the Chief Executive to account in managing the organisation.
  • Ensuring that the Executive Team is held to account and systems are in place to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively, whilst monitoring and challenging performance.
  • Assuring the effectiveness of the NIC’s corporate governance arrangements, including ensuring that accountability and assurance issues, primarily based on the work of the NIC’s Audit and Risk Committee, are considered.

The Oversight Board is not responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development of the Commission’s policy and recommendations to government. This is overseen by the Commission, appointed by the Chancellor.


About the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is a delegated committee of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Oversight Board. It is led by a Non-Executive Chair. Its role is to support the Board to monitor and set the NIC’s risk appetite and ensure that the right framework of governance, risk management and control is in place to manage risk within this.

The Committee supports the National Infrastructure Commission Oversight Board and the Accounting Officer by seeking assurances over:

  • the risk management framework, including relevant documentation and the framework’s fitness for purpose
  • controls, including evaluation of the effectiveness of the control framework and associated systems with reference to risk
  • governance, including the effectiveness of delegated decision making and authorities and compliance with the principles embedded in Managing Public Money and Corporate Governance in central government departments: Code of good practice 2011, (as amended)
  • compliance; including evidence to ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission’s internal policies and procedures are applied effectively and that external statutory requirements are met
  • the comprehensiveness, reliability and integrity of assurances associated with the above and with meeting the Oversight Board or Accounting Officer’s assurance needs.

Person Specification

The Role and Person Specification

The NIC is seeking a Non-Executive Member, who is a trained accountant with expertise across areas of finance, audit, and risk management to sit on its Oversight Board and to chair the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee to fulfil the duties and responsibilities commensurate with this position. The Board and Committee are collectively responsible for the oversight of the operation of the NIC, with emphasis on its management control and corporate governance.

The Oversight Board currently comprises Sir John Armitt as the Commission Chair, and four Non-Executive Members, whilst the NIC’s Chief Executive and Chief Operation Officer form the two Executive Members of the Board. The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee currently comprises representatives from the internal and external auditors, and three Non-Executive Directors, whilst the NIC’s Chief Executive and Chief Operation Officer form the two Executive representatives reporting to the Board.

All Non-Executive Members are expected to make a substantial contribution in all Board and Committee discussions including the vision, values and strategy for the organisation, whilst also providing bilateral support and advice in their areas of expertise.

It is expected that the new Non-Executive Member will join the Oversight Board and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee in July 2021

The Oversight Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee both meet four times a year currently remotely.  It is anticipated that at least some future meetings will be held at the NIC’s central London offices. The position will be of interest to candidates who embrace complex challenges and are keen to support the strategic and operational development of a relatively new organisation.



Essential Criteria

It is important in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the essential selection criteria of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you if invited for interview.

  • Evidence of providing effective leadership in an advisory or senior management role, and the ability to participate in the formulation of policies and strategies within an organisation.
  • Ability to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting.
  • Ability to analyse complex issues, particularly around people and organisational management, and provide impartial advice at Board level.
  • Capability to drive change, improve performance and manage risk.
  • Ability to think and act strategically, developing practical, innovative and creative solutions to strategic operational issues.
  • An understanding of the complexity and sensitivities of the fields in the National Infrastructure Commission operates.
  • Ability to guide the strategic direction of the work of the NIC, evidenced through a relevant career record of achievement, with specific skills and experience in the following areas:
    • Accountancy and finance: the applicant must have relevant experience in this field and have a recognised accountancy qualification.
    • Audit: experience of running audits and/or managing internal and external audit from a client perspective.
    • Risk management: an understanding of risk frameworks and risk management in organisations.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of chairing boards or board sub-committees.
  • Specific knowledge of IT and data governance

How to Apply

Overview of the Recruitment Process

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 2nd July 2021 We expect to shortlist and interview in mid-July.

It is essential that your statement of suitability gives full but concise information relevant to the appointment, clearly demonstrating how you meet each of the essential criteria.

The Panel will consist of:

  • Sir John Armitt (Chair), Chair of the NIC and it’s Oversight Board;
  • James Heath, the NIC’s Chief Executive
  • Katherine Easter, NIC NED

At the shortlist meeting, the Panel will assess each application against the essential criteria and decide who to invite for final interview.

Interviews are expected to take place in using Microsoft Teams and will last for approximately 1 hour. Further details about the format will be provided to you in advance, should you be successful.

References will only be requested upon acceptance of an invitation to interview.

For successful candidates, confirmation of appointment will be subject to relevant clearance checks, covering confirmation of identity and right to work in the UK plus a criminal record check. This will involve completion of several paper and electronic forms and can take up to five weeks to process following completion of the forms.

How to apply and submit your application

To apply, please send the following to Jon Chappell (by email: by the deadline of 11pm on 6th June 2021.

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements;
  • a supporting statement of not more than 1000 words (approximately two sides of A4), setting out how you meet the essential criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document and provide specific examples;
  • e-mail addresses for two referees;
  • completed arrangements for interview form;
  • completed diversity monitoring form; and
  • completed conflicts of interest, conduct and political activity monitoring form (please note section on Conflicts of interest and due diligence below).

If you have any questions about the appointments process or would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jon Chappell, Head of Private Office (07799 868850 or


Diversity and Equality of Opportunity

We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from those who are less well represented on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Oversight Board, in particular those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.


Arrangements for candidates with a disability

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Adjustments: If you have a disability and require adjustments to help you if you are called to attend an interview, please contact: Jon Chappell at the NIC (by e-mail: to discuss further).

To discuss any adjustments that you may require if appointed, please contact:



Conflicts of interest and political activity

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the National Infrastructure Commission, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further, please contact Jon Chappell at the NIC (by e-mail: to discuss further).

It is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview.


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Disabilty Conflicts and Political OCTOBER 2019
Public Appointment Recruitment Privacy Notice Final agreed - Copy
NED recruitment pack May 2021 (002)

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