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Co-opted Member of the Audit & Transparency Committee RBKC18255

Job Summary:

Annual Allowance: £2,230 per annum
Work Location: Kensington Town Hall, London, W8 7NX
Contract type: Permanent 
Closing date: 24 January 2020
Contact details for an informal discussion: Martyn Carver, Governance Services Manager on 0207 361 2477 or via email: martyn.carver@rbkc.gov.uk

About Us:

Kensington and Chelsea is a unique central London borough, home to places of great cultural importance, diverse communities and attractive streets and squares.  Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, the Council’s primary focus has been the response to the tragedy, particularly the rehousing of former residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk and the provision of practical, emotional and humanitarian support to the bereaved, survivors and others affected.  The Council has engaged with and listened to its residents to develop the Council Plan for 2019-2023, which is summarised below:



  • Grenfell recovery
  • A great place to live, work and learn
  • Supporting and safeguarding vulnerable residents
  • Healthy, clean and safe 
  • A place of culture to visit and explore

Crossing-cutting themes:

Community involvement 

  • Local people want to be involved in policy development and service users rightly expect to be part of service development.
  • We will engage openly with our residents and service users, seeking to capture all points of view to make better informed decisions.
  • We will use the talents and skills within our communities to co-design and commission better services.

Narrowing the gap

  • We will improve outcomes for our residents, with a focus on narrowing the gap between different communities, and seek to ensure that individuals have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. This means people having equal access to jobs, housing, education, employment, health and social care services.

Prevention and early intervention

  • By focusing on prevention and early intervention particularly in adults' and children's services, we can find better value for money solutions that promote people's wellbeing and go beyond 'crisis management'.
  • We will ensure the health and social care needs of the whole community are being addressed now and in the future, for adults, children and families.
The Role:

The Council is seeking to appoint an Independent (co-opted) Member to join the Audit and Transparency Committee who will complement the skills and expertise of the Committee and work to provide robust and constructive challenge.


The Council recognises the valuable input and different perspective independent co-opted Members bring into the Council’s decision-making process. Their role depends in what capacity they are appointed, which could be as representatives of an organisation or an interest group or they may be co-opted for their expertise or experience.


A co-optee’s role is to complement, rather than replace, the role of elected Members who remain accountable to the electorate and are ultimately responsible for decision making.  Voting co-opted members are by law subject to the Members’ Code of Conduct and requirements to register disclosable pecuniary interests.


The successful candidate will need to be available to attend and participate in the meetings of the Audit and Transparency Committee (and any relevant training sessions for the Committee) which are held in the evening (starting at 6.30pm), normally on 5 or 6 occasions per year. All meetings are held at the Kensington Town Hall, W8 7NX.

Further details are available via the Job Description

About You:

Do you have an extensive audit and/or financial background and board-level experience in an executive/non-executive role? The Council is seeking an external co-opted member to join its Audit and Transparency Committee. 


Your expertise will be vital in optimising the Committee’s effectiveness and in enabling the Council to provide assurance on the important work it does on behalf of the Borough.


You should have experience of working on boards at a senior level as well as recent, relevant financial experience and be a chartered accountant with a professional qualification. Strong knowledge and a thorough understanding of audit, risk management and corporate governance is essential.


You will also need the ability to think and act strategically, influence others and consider the bigger picture as well as detail.


Candidates for the role will make an application for the position, and the selection of the appointee will be approved by full Council.  Recent past Members of the Council or recent former Council employees will be ineligible to serve in this capacity. Close friends or relatives of any Member or officer will be ineligible as will employees of any organisation of which the Council is a client.  Independent Members of the Audit and Transparency Committee receive an annual allowance which for 2019/20 is £2,230.





We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.


We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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