Vacancy – independent Audit and Scrutiny Committee Chairperson

If you would like to play a key role in helping the council deliver successful services, and work effectively and transparently, the position of Chair of our Audit and Scrutiny Committee could be for you.

Councils deliver a huge range of diverse services in an increasingly challenging financial climate. From economic development and schools, to refuse collection, planning and transport services, councils provide vital support for local communities every day of the year.

The independent Chairperson will lead our Audit and Scrutiny Committee in developing the council’s performance and assuring effective governance of its work.

The Committee works with internal and external auditors, with other inspection agencies and with relevant council services.

The independent Chairperson should have the ability to challenge and question, build effective working relationships, and have effective listening skills. Knowledge and experience gained in the financial and/or general management of large business or public service organisations would be beneficial.

The Chairperson will chair 4 scheduled meetings of the Committee per year, virtually or in the council’s headquarters in Lochgilphead, attend learning and development events, and present the Chairperson’s annual report to Council.

The appointment will be for an initial fixed period to 31 March 2025. The role is voluntary, with any related expenses reimbursed.

Martin Caldwell, retiring from the role of Chair after 12 years, said:

“Chairing the Committee is about providing an independent perspective on how best the council can control risks and continuously improve. It has been a fulfilling and indeed fascinating experience. The support I have received from the Chief Internal Auditors and my Vice Chairs has made the position all the more productive.”

For more information about the role please see Chair of Audit and Scrutiny Committee (VOLUNTARY) – | Argyll & Bute Council | myjobscotland

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