Audit & Risk Committee Independent Member - The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has been transforming women’s healthcare for over 90 years. Founded in 1929, it now has around 16,000 members worldwide, half of whom are based outside the UK, and is seen as a leader in women’s healthcare both in the UK and overseas. It works with a range of partners to improve healthcare for women and girls, by providing doctors with training and lifelong learning and setting standards for clinical practice to improve the care they deliver.

The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) is a committee of the Board of Trustees and plays a key role in the effective governance of the College. The Committee:
• Provides the Board with an independent assessment of the College’s external audit and statutory annual accounts, with the objective of providing assurance of the quality and reliability of the published statements.
• Reviews and oversees the establishment and maintenance of effective systems of governance, risk management, internal controls, and an appropriately robust financial and legal framework, across the whole of the College’s activities, that support the achievement of the organisation’s objectives and strategic goals.

  • The Role
    Audit and Risk Committee members provide high-level oversight to ensure adequate control arrangements are in place to support management and provide assurance to the Board of Trustees in line with the Terms of Reference of the Committee.

    The Independent member is asked to bring their expertise and experience to bear on this work. Committee members are expected to use their experience to challenge rigorously and constructively, to pursue queries thoroughly, offer advice, support and guidance and, where appropriate, reach reasoned conclusions with other committee members, having taken into account the views of others within and without the Committee.
  • Person Specification
    • Strong communication and inter-personal skills.
    • Ability to challenge rigorously and debate constructively.
    • Ability to analyse and weigh up complex information and reach a decision.
    • An understanding of and commitment to the values of accountability, probity and openness.

    • Knowledge or experience of digital transformation projects, information technology or information management.
    • Knowledge of corporate governance arrangements.
    • Knowledge or experience of risk management and oversight.
  • Further Information

    Time Commitment:

    • Induction meetings.
    • Audit & Risk Committee meetings four times a year to be held in February, May, July and November. Meetings typically last two hours and are usually held on Friday mornings. It is possible to join meetings remotely via Microsoft Teams.
    • Some ad-hoc contribution between meetings by telephone or email may be required.



    This is a voluntary role however the College will meet reasonable expenses incurred in connection with membership of the Audit and Risk Committee in line with the College Travel and Expenses Policy.

  • Application Process

    Please submit: your CV, Covering letter setting out your motivations for applying and the added value you would bring to RCOG as an Independent Member (maximum 2 sides of A4) and Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below).

    Documentation can either be submitted via the WIG website or by email to Paige Torrance, Talent Manager via [email protected]

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Paige Torrance, Talent Manager via [email protected] or on 0207 222 1166.

    The deadline for applications is Friday 30 July 2021.


    RCOG ARC Independent Member - Candidate pack


    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form