Non-Executive Member – Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

We are looking for a new Non-Executive Member of the Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (AARAC). The AARAC is a formal sub-committee of the Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB), with a remit to review and challenge the adequacy of the control environment and to bring a wider perspective and independent challenge to the Board’s management of risk and performance against the Army Command Plan.

The AARAC is to maintain oversight of the Top-Level Budget (TLB) Holder’s corporate governance, particularly across the components of the assurance model (the 3 lines of defence). It will review the effectiveness of TLB processes set against Departmental and central Government policies and will provide the Chief of the General Staff (CGS) and ECAB with a quarterly and annual assessment of the TLB’s level of internal control.

  • The Role
    The AARAC is responsible for advising ECAB on:
    • The effectiveness of control and assurance processes;
    • The management of risk and performance against the Army Command Plan, and the effectiveness of risk management in High Level Budgets and Directorates;
    • The adequacy of financial management, planning and assurance;
    • Issues raised on Army Lessons assurance;
    • Issues raised on Army Safety and Environmental management;
    • Issues raised by the Defence Internal Audit and the National Audit Office, the planned activity and results of both internal and external audit, and the adequacy of management response to issues identified;
    • The effectiveness of TLB whistle-blowing processes, and arrangements for special investigations;
    • The content of the Annual Assurance Report (AAR) including recommendations on individual control issues to highlight in the AAR.

    As Non-Executive Member, your key responsibilities will be to:
    • Act as a member of the AARAC in accordance with its terms of reference, bringing a wider perspective, independent challenge, skills and knowledge to bear on strategy, performance and risk management;
    • In advance of each meeting, prepare fully and familiarise yourself with all papers to enable full consideration of the issues at that meeting;
    • Attend meetings (or provide appropriate comments on agenda items to the Chair/secretariat if you unable to attend a particular meeting);
    • Devote the necessary time to the affairs of the AARAC;
    • Question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately;
    • Listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside the AARAC;
    • Gain the trust and respect of other committee members;
    • Seek continually to develop and refresh your knowledge, skills and understanding of the organisation’s business to ensure that your contribution remains informed and relevant;
    • Uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity;
    • Promote the highest standards of corporate governance.
  • Person Specification
    This high-profile role would suit somebody who is passionate about Defence and is knowledgeable about risk, control and assurance in large, complex organizations. The duration of the appointment will be 3 years, which is expected to be a busy period for the Army. The successful candidate will be required to have a range of skills in order to fulfil the role successfully. In particular, you need to be analytical, inquisitive and independent, healthily sceptical and able to bring to bear robust, constructive challenge.

    Knowledgeable about corporate governance theory and best practice, you will have a background in corporate finance at board level, with extensive risk management and regulatory experience for a wide variety of private sector companies, particularly those involved in defence, or industries involving sizeable contracts e.g. oil and gas or property.

    You must abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life (Annex A) and the Code of Conduct for Committee Members.

    Essential criteria
    Candidates must meet all of the following essential criteria:
    • Board-level experience in a large, complex and changing commercial environment;
    • Strong communication skills with the ability to build positive, productive relationships and contribute effectively at Board level;
    • The ability to think strategically and provide robust and reasoned challenge, bringing insights and diversity of thought;
    • An understanding of the economic and political environment within which the public sector operates;
    • The ability to bring a wider perspective, independent challenge, skills and knowledge to bear on risk management, audit and control, strategy and performance.

    Desirable criteria
    The following criteria are desirable:
    • Experience in delivering large scale transformation initiatives;
    • Experience of working in a regulatory environment;
    • Being a fully qualified Accountant.
  • Terms, Remuneration, Time Commitment and Location

    The appointment will be for a period of 3 years. There may be a possibility of re-appointment, for no more than a further 3 years, subject to a satisfactory annual appraisal of performance assessed by CGS. The likely start date will be March 2021. Acceptance of the appointment does not constitute employment with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or Civil Service.

    You may resign at any time, by notice in writing to CGS. Equally, CGS can remove the Non-executive Member from office if they fail to perform the duties required in line with the standards expected in public office.

    You will be subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act and required to exercise care in the use of official information acquired in the course of official duties, and not to disclose information which is held in confidence.

    The post requires a core commitment of 5 meetings per annum, with the potential need for other meeting attendance. This will be no more than 25 days a year, for which the daily fee is £600, up to and not exceeding an annual maximum of £15,000. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed in line with MOD's policy.

    Meetings are usually held in Andover, Hampshire. Occasional travel to other military establishments may also be required. Currently, we are adhering to Government guidelines for COVID-19 for social distancing and audio/video links may be used.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for consideration, you will need to be a British Citizen. Civil Service Nationality Rules apply. You are expected to inform CGS if you intend to accept a prominent position in any political party, and to understand that the appointment may be terminated if it is felt that the position is incompatible.

    You will be required to sign the Official Secrets Act and go through the appropriate security checks for this position. You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is Security Check (SC).

    There are circumstances in which an individual may not be considered for appointment:
    • You have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of 3 months or more in the last 5 years;
    • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order, or a debt relief order or interim debt relief order under Schedule 4ZB to the Insolvency Act 1986;
    • You are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
    • You have been removed from trusteeship of a charity.

  • Application Process

    Your application must include:

    • Submission of a detailed CV, including your telephone number and email address;
    • Expression of Interest form (Annex D) and Diversity Monitoring form (Annex E) within the information pack, downloadable below.

    If you wish to discuss the role, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent at WIG, on 0207 222 1166 or via [email protected]

    The closing date for applications is Midnight, Thursday 21 January 2021. All applications should be submitted via this page or emailed to [email protected]

    After the closing date, the appointment panel shall compile a shortlist, assessing candidates’ suitability for the role based on evidence provided in the CV and supporting statement. Final panel interviews will be held on Wednesday 24 February 2021

    Non-Executive Member, Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee – Specification


    Non-Executive Member, Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee – Information pack for applicants


    Non-Executive Member, Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee – Annex D


    Non-Executive Member, Army Audit and Risk Assurance Committee – Annex E