Voluntary: Independent Audit and Risk Committee Member


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: Variable, 3 online or face to face meetings per year and other meetings to address business needs
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Currently remote working


YMCA DLG have an unstinting focus on their work to transform the lives of marginalised and vulnerable young people across Sussex and Surrey. How they do things is also crucial, as a part of the wider YMCA Federation of England & Wales, and as a registered social housing provider and charity.

The Audit and Risk Committee play a key party of the organisation’s governance structure, to ensure they are meeting their obligations to keep young people safe and ensure they are compliant with regulations. Both the Board and Leadership team are reliant upon the committee members to advise them in the key areas of risk management, vulnerable service users and social housing.

You will be comfortable in supporting governance and providing operational insight to the audit and risk committee. They are embarking on a new 5-year strategy in 2022, and your contribution will play a crucial role in insuring the safe delivery of this.

Main Duties

  • To attend all meetings and actively participate in the work of the Committee.
  • To review and scrutinize the external audit procedure, including engagement of auditors, review and scope of external audits, reviewing external auditors annual report and management’s responses.
  • To support the committee in reviewing internal audits, including the 3-year plan and management response to audits.
  • To review and report to the Board on organisational risk, including: the organisation’s risk management approach, compliance risks and the mitigating strategies to address them.
  • Reviewing quarterly compliance reports with specific reference to regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Provide challenge in a constructive manner, and to support and provide advice to the work of the Board and Committee.
  • Defining and ensuring compliance with the National Housing Federation’s latest Code of Governance.
  • Establishing and overseeing a framework of delegation and systems of control.
  • Agreeing policies and making decisions on matters that might create significant financial or other risk to the Charity, or which raise material issues of principle.
  • Monitoring the Charity’s performance.
  • Satisfying itself that the Charity’s affairs are conducted lawfully and in accordance with generally accepted standards of performance and propriety.


Skills & Expertise requirements

  • Previous governance or non-executive experience in not for profit or commercial sectors
  • Operated at a Director or above professional level
  • Strong experience of governance, executive leadership, audit, regulation, quality assurance & compliance
  • Regulated Housing background is desirable but not essential
  • Health Sector background is desirable but not essential
  • Direct or indirect knowledge and/or experience of the social housing sector (or a closely aligned sector such as health, care or local government)
  • To understand  and respect for the YMCA Christian ethos


To apply, they will need the following from you:

  • A CV. Make sure this confirms your current/most recent roles (you can sum up earlier roles, say before the last 15 years), tell about your achievements so they get a picture of your skills and experience, and try to keep it to two pages or three at most.
  • A personal statement. They want to hear about your motivation, why this role/organisation, and you will also want to evidence how relevant your offer is to the role specification; again ideally in two to three pages;
  • Please submit your completed application documents via email to

Read More : Audit & Risk Committee Member- Job pack


Closing Date: 31 January 2022, 12 noon.

Interview Date: 15 February 2022


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