Audit & Risk Assurance Committee / Advisory Panel Independent Members

  • Job Reference: 00008164-1
  • Date Posted: 2 July 2024
  • Recruiter: Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
  • Location: Pencoed, Mid Glamorgan
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Executive Positions
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary, Part Time

Job Description

Independent Members of the Advisory Panel

To assist the Ombudsman in establishing:

  • the PSOW’s strategic direction, aims and objectives and targets;
  • key business policies;
  • key employment strategies and policies.

To scrutinise and assure:

  • the Three-Year Strategic Plan and the Annual Business Plan;
  • the budget estimates submission to the Finance Committee of the Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament;
  • high level budget allocation.

To monitor and review:

  • ·operational performance and delivery;
  • effectiveness of employment strategies and policies;
  • diversity and equal opportunities, particularly in relation to the Equality Act 2010
  • external communications strategies and stakeholder relations.

Independent Members of Audit & Risk Assurance Committee

To scrutinise and advise the Ombudsman, as Accounting Officer, on:

  • the strategic processes for risk, control and governance and the Annual Governance Statement;
  • the draft Strategic and Business plans from a compliance, economy, efficiency and effectiveness basis in recognition of the requirement with the annual audit to account for the use of funds;
  • the accounting policies, the accounts, including the process for review of the accounts prior to submission for audit, levels of error identified, and management’s letter of representation to the external auditors;
  • the planned activity and results of both internal and external audit;
  • adequacy of management response to issues identified by audit activity, including external audits;
  • assurances relating to the corporate governance requirements for the organisation;
  • (where appropriate) proposals for tendering for Internal Audit services or for purchase of non-audit services from contractors who provide audit services;
  • anti-fraud policies, whistle-blowing processes, and arrangements for special investigations;
  • business continuity arrangements;
  • Health & Safety arrangements.

Person Specification:


  1. ability to influence and engage with organisations and individuals at a senior level to promote positive change
  2. ability to engage with strategic vision
  3. good communication and interpersonal skills
  4. ability to interpret complex data
  5. good understanding of the Welsh public services
  6. ability to scrutinise and challenge constructively
  7. commitment to justice and equality.

Desirable attribute:

The ability to conduct work through the medium of Welsh.

Location: Role includes preparation for meetings and attendance in person at PSOW offices (Pencoed, Bridgend) for meetings, induction, training

Payment: Daily rate - £300 for meetings / training Half-day rate for attending half-day training on a day other than the day of a meeting - £200

Number of meetings:  Generally 4 meetings per annum, plus 2 training/development sessions

Term of office: nitial term of 3 years, with possible extension for a further 3 years

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience

It is important that membership of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee and the Advisory Panel includes a range of perspectives, skills and experience.  Details of desirable attributes is below.  It is not expected that individual independent members will have knowledge and experience in most / all of the areas listed.  However, we will seek to cover these areas, as appropriate, through the overall memberships of the Advisory Panel / Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.

1.         Financial Management / budget holder experience

2.         Accounting, internal or external audit experience

3.         Financial/Legal/ Management /HR professional qualifications or memberships

4.         Information management / information security knowledge / experience    

5.         Risk management knowledge / experience  

6.         IT & Digital / Cyber security knowledge / experience

7.         Understanding of public affairs, experience of operating in a political environment

8.         Understanding of Welsh political and public service matters

9.         Experience of advocacy or third sector work, including promoting the voices of less-heard groups

10.       Knowledge / experience in equality, diversity and inclusion

11.       Knowledge and experience of stakeholder management

12.       Understanding / experience of Ombudsman work / administrative justice / complaints

13.       Experience of Corporate Governance / Board membership / Strategic decision making / non-executive role     

14.       Experience of management of staff, Human Resources, operational management & service delivery

15.       Experience in an Audit Committee or scrutiny role

16.       Experience / knowledge of communications – publications, press, media

17.       Experience of providing a customer facing service

Our Values

Independent Members are expected to demonstrate our values in their work with us.

Achievement                   Doing the best you can

Togetherness                  Being respectful of each other and working collaboratively for the organisation to succeed

Positivity                          Showing enthusiasm and pride about who we are and in what we do

Supportiveness               Being there for each other and appreciating our diversity

Ownership                       Taking responsibility for everything we do

Willingness                      Having a keen, flexible and “can do” approach