Ofcom - Audit and Risk Board Member

Body: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £42, 519 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 2 days a week


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

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Maggie Carver as Deputy Chair and Dr Angela Dean as the Audit and Risk Board Member of Ofcom, each for a term of four years starting from 30 September 2018.

Date: 24/09/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    24/09/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

In anticipation of the conclusion of Baroness Noakes’ term in May 2018, we are seeking to further strengthen and balance the skills around the Board table with this crucial appointment during 2018. The person we’re seeking will Chair the Risk and Audit Committee and be a Member of the Remuneration Committee and therefore must have recent and relevant financial experience.  Ideally they should also have an interest in or understanding of the communications sectors, and interest in shaping their future.

The Risk and Audit Committee is a sub-Committee of the Board and is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of appropriate and adequate audit processes and the governance of the internal audit and external audit programme. The duties of the Risk and Audit Committee include:

  • advising the Board and Accounting Officer on the processes for overseeing risk management, control and related governance throughout Ofcom;
  • advising the Board and making recommendations about the accounting policies adopted by Ofcom and the content of the draft annual financial accounts;
  • working with both Internal and External Auditors and reviewing their effectiveness, independence and objectivity;
  • considering any issues arising from the interim and final audits;
  • reviewing critical and significant risks in projects and programmes and any significant changes to the organisation’s strategic risks and a copy of the strategic Risk Register;
  • recommending to the Board the financial authority framework and reviewing the appropriateness of the anti-fraud policies, anti-bribery policy and “whistle blowing” processes and arrangements for special investigations maintained by Ofcom for internal colleagues and external stakeholders.


The Remuneration Committee has oversight over all matters relating to the remuneration of the Chief Executive and members of the Executive Committee (together called “the senior management team”). It approves Ofcom’s overall remuneration approach and policy relating to all other Ofcom colleagues, committee members and other appointments, including those in relation to the Communications Consumer Panel but excluding the non-executive Members of the Ofcom Board. It oversees and decides upon issues relating to pension arrangements established by Ofcom for all Ofcom colleagues, Board and other Committee members.

The appointee will therefore be expected to play a leading role on the Board in assessing the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management processes and ensuring appropriate audit processes are in place and adhered to.

This individual will also be expected to understand and participate in all the Board’s discussions across its entire remit including the impact of convergence on regulation across broadcasting including the BBC, fixed-line and mobile telecoms, postal services and spectrum. The appointed person will be able to strongly contribute to Board consideration of the wider context of challenges that face poorly-served consumers across the UK. They should also be familiar with engaging with legislators and government.

Person Specification

As a minimum, candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • an ability to understand the issues affecting the communications sector;
  • a grasp of the business and economic principles underpinning the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal sectors in the digital environment;
  • sound judgement and decision-making to ensure successful delivery in a highly complex organisation;
  • an appreciation of the competitive and consumer dynamics of these fast-changing sectors;
  • the ability to operate at Board level and be team players working with the Chairman and other colleagues;
  • recent and relevant financial experience
  • senior experience of the assessment of the effectiveness of risk management processes and appropriate audit processes;
  • knowledge and understanding of the political and constitutional context;
  • personal integrity of a high order; demonstrable understanding of Ofcom’s need to make independent judgements under pressure; no conflicts arising from any commercial or political interests.

Additional Information

The Ofcom Board currently comprises nine Directors. There are currently six Non-Executive Directors including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and three Executive Directors. A further three non-executive directors will be appointed to the Board in due course by the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive.

It provides strategic direction to the organisation, and has oversight of Ofcom’s statutory duties and responsibilities, its adherence to the principles of good corporate governance and Ofcom’s commitment to carrying out its duties with independence and impartiality.

The Board acts on a collective basis. It takes decisions after considering recommendations made to it by the Ofcom Executive, which has operational responsibility and answers to the Board. The Board Procedures are published online. The work of both the Board and Executive is informed by the contribution of several advisory bodies.

The Board meets monthly (except August). Meetings are held on a Tuesday normally from 9.00am to 2pm. There are also a number of Board sub-committees on which members are expected to sit.

The Ofcom Board meetings are formal: agendas and notes/minutes of meetings are published regularly on Ofcom’s website. Meetings are usually held at Ofcom’s London offices. Board members will sometimes be expected to attend meetings/functions in the devolved Nations.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Completed applications should be sent to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please put ‘Ofcom trustee – Audit and Risk’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.

Audit and Risk - candidate pack - Final
Audit and Risk Ministerial message
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
Conflicts of interest guidance (3)
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
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