Joint Audit Committee member

Closing date: Friday 18 October 2019

Matthew Scott, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Chief Constable of Kent Police have a Joint Audit Committee to provide an independent and high level focus on the assurance arrangements that underpin their good governance and financial standards.

Comprised of five independent members the Audit Committee has a very successful track record, as evidenced by Kent Police’s recent HMICFRS report.

The committee works constructively with internal and external audit and adds real value at a time of great financial challenge and organisational change.

There is currently a vacancy for one member and we are seeking applications from people who have:

  • Understanding of risk control in both the strategic and operational context
  • Experience of applying and working within effective internal controls
  • Understanding of and demonstrable commitment to the Nolan Principles
  • High level experience of scrutinising financial information & processes
  • Willingness to give the time commitment (including reading, preparation time and ad hoc meetings).
  • Experience of operating at a senior level in a complex organisation with a variety of stakeholder interests.

Knowledge of public sector finances and their scrutiny, and audit processes would be an asset.

In addition, applications from those with particular experience in strategic HR or IT would be particularly welcome.

The committee meets five times a year, and Members will be required to independently attend other corporate boards and meetings to support the role. The appointment will be for four years from date of commencement.

Members will be paid a daily rate of £211.50 (half rate for half days).  

For further information, please download the candidate information pack below. To discuss the role, please contact Mr Rob Phillips, CFO, or Ms Laura Steward on 01622 677055.

To apply, please provide a comprehensive CV, setting out your career history and include details of any professional qualifications.  In addition, please fill in the application form providing specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.  Please download a copy of the application form below.

Please note, this role requires a level of vetting.  If you are selected for interview, you will be required to fill in and bring with you the vetting forms; you will also be asked to bring certain forms of identification with you, which will be detailed in your invitation letter. 

Interviews will be held on the 30th October.

Independent Members, to sit on Police Gross Misconduct hearings

Closing date: Sunday 10 November 2019

Ethics and integrity are at the heart of policing. It is vital that the highest standards are maintained, but sometimes officers fall below the high standard expected of them.

All police forces hold gross misconduct hearings, presided over by Legally Qualified Chairs since 2016. Each panel requires an independent member, to both ensure transparency and to provide an experienced lay person’s view of the proceedings.

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, is seeking a number of new independent members to sit on these panels. 

We are seeking someone with an independent mind and keen analytical skills, potentially from a professional background such as law, audit, or social work, who can analyse a great deal of information and make sound, reasoned decisions.

You would sit on approximately three to four panels per year. Terms are for four years,with a possibility of a further extension. This role will require a level of police vetting, and there are certain eligibility criteria for the role.

The ‘memorandum of understanding’, which includes the job description and person specification; the terms of engagement; and an application form can be found below.

Please return the application form to by the closing date of 10 November.

Interviews will be held on 26 November, at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone ME15 9BZ.

Whilst this will be an appointment for Kent, the OPCC works on a regional basis and you may occasionally be approached to attend panels in other parts of the south east.