Audit and Risk Committee Member

Job Title: Audit and Risk Committee Member

Location: Currently remote working

Hours: Variable, 3 online or face to face meetings per year and other meetings to address business needs

Closing date: 30th June 2022

About the Position


We have an unstinting focus on our work to transform the lives of marginalised and vulnerable young people across Sussex and Surrey. How we do things is also crucial, as a part of the wider YMCA Federation of England & Wales, and as a registered social housing provider and charity.

The Audit and Risk Committee play a key party of the organisations governance structure, to ensure we are meeting our obligations to keep young people safe and ensure we are compliant with regulations. Both the Board and Leadership team are reliant upon our committee members to advise us in the key areas of risk management, vulnerable service users and social housing. You will be comfortable in supporting governance and providing operational insight to the audit and risk committee. We are embarking on a new 5-year strategy in 2022, and your contribution will play a crucial role in insuring the safe delivery of this.


Main Duties

To attend all meetings and actively participate in the work of the Committee.

To review and scrutinize the external audit procedure, including engagement of auditors, review and scope of external audits, reviewing external auditors annual report and management’s responses.

To support the committee in reviewing internal audits, including the 3-year plan and management response to audits

To review and report to the Board on organisational risk, including: the organisations risk management approach, compliance risks and the mitigating strategies to address them.

Reviewing quarterly compliance reports with specific reference to regulatory and legal requirements.

Provide challenge in a constructive manner, and to support and provide advice to the work of the Board and Committee.

Defining and ensuring compliance with the National Housing Federation’s latest Code of Governance.

Establishing and overseeing a framework of delegation and systems of control.

Agreeing policies and making decisions on matters that might create significant financial or other risk to the Charity, or which raise material issues of principle.

Monitoring the Charity’s performance.

Satisfying itself that the Charity’s affairs are conducted lawfully and in accordance with generally accepted standards of performance and propriety


Skills & Expertise requirements

Previous governance or non-executive experience in not for profit or commercial sectors

Operated at a Director or above professional level

Strong experience of governance, executive leadership, audit, regulation, quality assurance & compliance

Regulated Housing background is desirable but not essential

Health Sector background is desirable but not essential

Direct or indirect knowledge and/or experience of the social housing sector (or a closely aligned sector such as health, care or local government)

To understand  and respect for the YMCA Christian ethos


For questions regarding volunteering opportunities: please email [email protected]

Further Information

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding paid opportunities or to request another application format: please email [email protected]

For questions regarding volunteering opportunities: please email [email protected]

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