Two Non-Executive Board Members

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. Currently meetings are virtual so travel to London is not expected.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The role has a fixed annual fee of £15,000 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 Board Member will be expected to commit 20 days each year

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


  • Interview Dates

    9/11/2020 & 10/11/2020

  • Candidates notified


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 on line using Microsoft Teams.


Assessment Panel

  • Steve Burnett

    Panel Chair

    GIAA Board Chair • Departmental Official

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  • Elizabeth Honer Added 03/09/2020

    GIAA Chief Executive • Departmental Official

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  • Julie Currie Added 03/09/2020

    DIT ARAC Chair - Non Exec • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Ronak Kakad Added 03/09/2020

    GIAA Diversity and Inclusion Champion • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

About the Role

We are looking to appoint two experienced and highly skilled professionals to join our Agency Board, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) and Nominations and Remuneration Committee (NRC) from January 2021.

Our Board ensures appropriate oversight and governance of the Agency’s strategy, plans, performance and risks by providing advice and challenge to the Chief Executive as Accounting Officer. The Board also provides advice and makes recommendations, where necessary, to the Agency’s sponsor (HM Treasury).

Non-executive board members advise on performance (including agreeing key performance indicators), operational issues (including the operational / delivery implications of development proposals), and on the effective management of the Agency.  They also provide support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of the agency corporate plan, and in relation to recruiting, appraising and ensuring appropriate succession planning of senior executives. They form the committees responsible for audit and risk assurance, and nominations and remuneration.  They exercise their role through influence and advice, supporting as well as challenging the executive.

The Agency Board meets six times per year.  The ARAC membership is made up of the three Non-Executive Board Members and meets 4 times per year. The NRC membership is   also currently the three Non-Executive Members and meets twice a year.

The Agency’s governance structures and functions are supported by a small governance team led by the Board Secretary.


The terms of reference for the Agency Board is included at Annex A. Further guidance on the role of Non-Executives can be found in the Corporate governance in central government departments: code of good practice and the Audit and risk assurance committee handbook.


To advise the Agency effectively, the Non-Executive Director is required to:

  • Provide independent counsel, support and constructive challenge to the Executive.
  • Maintain oversight of the Agency’s operational effectiveness and its relationship with other bodies, including appropriate and constructive relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of the Agency’s strategic objectives, ensuring that they are reflected in its plans and regularly reviewed.
  • Monitor the performance of the executive team, who form the Executive Committee, challenging them on the delivery of the Agency’s business and corporate plans.
  • Provide assurance of the highest standards of corporate governance and public accountability.

Person Specification

Skills and Experience

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria below.

Essential Criteria

  • A record of achievement and personal effectiveness at a senior level, with an ability to operate effectively on the Agency Board and sub-committees.
  • Ability to 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.
  • 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.


Candidates should also be able to demonstrate how they meet at least one of the following desirable criteria:

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.
  • Experience of financial management and control at senior executive level.

Additional Information

Please see attachment 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.

GIAA NED - Equal Opportunities Monitoring form word version
GIAA NED - Equal Opportunities Monitoring form
Un-Regulated Appointments word version
Un-Regulated Appointments
HMT public appointment privacy notice word version
HMT public appointment privacy notice
NED-Candidate Pack-Final 18 Sep 20
NED-Candidate Pack-Final 18 Sep 20

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

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