Chair, Board of Governance of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Jersey Audit Office
The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) is responsible for public audit in Jersey. The office of C&AG was established in 2005. The Comptroller and Auditor General (Jersey) Law 2014 requires the C&AG to provide the States with independent assurance that the public finances of Jersey are being regulated, controlled, supervised and accounted for in accordance with relevant laws. To discharge this overarching responsibility, under the Comptroller and Auditor General (Jersey) Law 2014 the remit of the C&AG includes:
• Appointing auditors to audit the financial statements of the States and certain other public bodies; and
• Undertaking studies leading to reports to the States Assembly on internal financial control, value for money and corporate governance of the States and States-funded bodies.
The C&AG issues a 'Code of Audit Practice' which describes how the duties of the C&AG should be exercised.
The C&AG’s independence is enhanced by:
• A fixed term of office;
• Limited grounds for removal during the term of office;
• A statutory right to the resources necessary for the performance of their functions; and
• A statutory prohibition that the C&AG may not be directed on how any function of the office of C&AG is to be carried out.
Further information about the role of the C&AG and how the functions are discharged may be found on the Jersey Audit Office website at http://www.jerseyauditoffice.je
Functions of the Board
The principal function of the Board of Governance is to keep under review whether the Comptroller and Auditor General has used and is using the resources provided by the States properly, efficiently and effectively.
The specific powers and duties of the Board include:
• Reporting, to the Chief Minister and the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, any concern that the Board has regarding the C&AG’s use of the resources or governance arrangements;
• Advising the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee on the appointment of auditors to audit the accounts of the C&AG;
• Reviewing, and commenting to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, on estimates for the Office of the C&AG;
• Reviewing the annual accounts of the Office of the C&AG; and
• Preparing an assurance statement on the expenses of the C&AG.
Functions of the Chair
The Chair is responsible for:
• Setting a Board agenda primarily focused on strategy, performance, culture, stakeholders and accountability;
• Shaping the culture of the Board;
• Encouraging all Board members to engage in Board meetings by drawing on their skills, experience and knowledge;
• Fostering relationships based on trust, mutual respect and open communication between independent Board members, the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General;
• Developing a productive working relationship with the Comptroller and Auditor General, providing support and advice, while respecting the statutory responsibilities and independence of the Comptroller and Auditor General;
• Providing guidance and mentoring to new independent Board members as appropriate;
• Leading an annual Board evaluation, with support from the Senior Independent Member as appropriate, and acting on the results;
• Obtaining and keeping up to date an understanding of the functions of the Board and the Comptroller and Auditor General and the environment in which they operate, including through completion of induction training
• Engaging constructively with the Comptroller and Auditor General, Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General and stakeholder to understand the main areas of activity, risk, culture, practices and concerns;
• Devoting sufficient time to discharge their responsibilities;
• actively seeking clarification or amplification as necessary to ensure that they have sufficient information to discharge their responsibilities;
• Contributing constructively in Board meetings by drawing on their skills, experience and knowledge; and
• Contributing constructively to the annual Board evaluation.
The Chair should ideally possess the following skills, experience and knowledge:
- Experience of Board level working in complex organisations in the public or private sector
- Proven record of setting the agenda and leading the work of a Board or Committee in a non-executive or similar capacity
- Proven record of exercising sound judgement
- Some knowledge of the key elements in public audit
- Experience of the challenges facing a smaller jurisdiction
- A good understanding of the operation of government and/or public bodies
- Commitment to high quality, effective and accountable public services
- Commitment to learning and development to promote collective and personal effectiveness
- Strong understanding of ethical conduct independence and confidentiality
- Experience of providing constructive challenge alongside support
- Experience of team building and development in a non-executive or similar capacity
- Experience of acting in the capacity of a mentor
- Proven record of effective influencing
- Proven record of collaborative working
Nolan Principles and Statutory Bar
All those appointed will be expected to behave according to those principles of public life which are set out below.
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
An individual cannot be appointed if he or she:
- Is or, during the period of 5 years preceding the date of the proposition recommending the appointment, has been, a States’ employee;
- Is a member of the States; or
- Is an officer of, employed by, or engaged under a contract for services by, any States funded body (including any non-Ministerial States funded body) or independently audited States body.
Time Commitment, Remuneration and Application Process
Time Commitment and Remuneration
The Board normally meets three times a year. Meetings may be held at the States of Jersey Government London office, in Jersey or by video conference. During the Covid-19 pandemic meetings have been held by video conference.
Appointments are made by the States Assembly on a proposition of the Chief Minister and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. They run for a four year fixed term basis with potential for renewal for one subsequent term.
The Chair will be paid a fixed fee of £2,000 per year. Reasonable expenses, including travel and accommodation where necessary, will be payable.
Please submit the following:
- A copy of your CV;
- A statement of suitability (maximum 2 pages) explaining how you meet the skills, experience and knowledge set out earlier in this document, and what you would bring to the role;
- Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below).
Documentation can either be submitted via the Apply Now button above, or by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected]
Please note that there is a parallel process for an Independent Member appointment with C&AG. Should you also wish to be considered for that appointment, please indicate this at the start of your statement of suitability.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill at [email protected] or on 0207 222 1166.
The deadline for applications is Midday, Wednesday 11 November 2020.
Interviews will be held on w/c Monday 30 November 2020. These will be held virtually via MS Teams.
Following a debate in the State Assembly in January 2021, the successful candidate will be appointed in March 2021.Chair of the Board of Governance, C&AG, Jersey Audit Office October 2020.pdf