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Member of the IPSA Board (Statutory Auditor)

  • Sector:

    Central Government

  • Job type:

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Salary:

    £500 per day

  • Contact:

    James Greengrass

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

Time Commitment: 2-3 Days Per Month

Location: Flexible / accessible to London for Board meetings

IPSA was created in 2009 as the world’s first independent regulator of MPs’ business costs, and now also sets MPs’ pay and pensions. It plays a vital role in the UK’s Parliamentary democracy, ensuring that the rules for MPs’ remuneration are fair, workable, transparent, and command public trust. It is now on a major transformation journey in order to provide a simpler and more supportive service to MPs and their staff.

Established by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, IPSA’s board is comprised of five members, one of whom must be eligible for appointment as a statutory auditor. We are now seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to this position who will chair the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and lead in providing oversight of risk, control and governance. To be eligible you must be a qualified accountant with membership of one of the Recognised Supervisory Bodies.

As a member of IPSA’s board, this role will provide support and advice to the Chair and be influential in setting the organisation’s overall strategy. You will play a key role in steering the organisation through a programme of change as it transforms to become a more customer-focused organisation.

We are looking for a board-level operator with a proven track record of operating in a senior leadership role in a complex organisation in a financial, accounting or auditing role, with experience of managing risk and improving assurance during organisational transformation. You will have experience of working in a regulated or regulatory environment, understanding risk-based approaches to achieving compliance. In addition, you will bring demonstrable understanding of governance and corporate best practice, and the ability to challenge and advise on financial, pay and pensions issues. Experience of client-focused service delivery and of improving organisational capability through digital technology are desirable, as is an understanding of audit within the public sector.

The ability to work collaboratively as a board member and to build constructive relationships with the Executive team and with audit partners, including the National Audit Office, will be essential. An exemplary commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to the Nolan principles of public life will be expected.

This is a unique moment in IPSA’s life, and the board member will have an opportunity to contribute to lasting change and make a genuine impact on to the future of our democracy.

We are determined to ensure that IPSA is representative of the UK as a whole and we welcome and encourage applications from the widest range of people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We are particularly interested in attracting applications from suitably qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.

For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack under Supporting Documentation below:

Supporting Documentation

Candidate Information Pack

Annex A - Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Annex B - Candidate Supporting Information Form

Annex C - Candidate Political Activity Form

Closing date for applications is: 9am BST Monday 11th July 2022