Advisory Board and Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member (x 2) – Housing Ombudsman Careers

Advisory Board and Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member (x 2)


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Canary Wharf, London – all our roles are available office-based, hybrid or home-based

Part time

Fixed term contract

Advisory Board £1,750 per annum and ARAC £1,750 per annum

Closing date:
11 September, 2023 11:59 pm

Advisory Board and Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member (x 2)

The  Housing  Ombudsman  is  seeking  to  appoint  two  Audit  &  Risk  Assurance  Commitee Members who will also be ex-officio Advisory Board Members.

The role of the Housing Ombudsman is to:

  • resolve disputes involving members of the Scheme, including making awards of compensation or otherremedies when appropriate, as well as to
  • support effective landlord-tenant dispute resolution by

The service is independent and impartial.

Membership of the Scheme is compulsory for social landlords (primarily housing associations who are or havebeen registered with the social housing regulator) and local authority landlords. Additionally, some private landlords are voluntary members.

The Housing Ombudsman is constituted as a corporation sole and so does not have a formal Board or separate Chair. It is a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The role of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) is to provide non-executive support to the Ombudsman in their role as Accounting Officer by reviewing the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances on governance, risk management, the control environment and the integrity of the Annual Report and Accounts.

The Advisory Board is a non-statutory forum whose main role is to provide support and advice to The Housing Ombudsman (THO). The Advisory Board brings an external perspective to assist THO in leadership, good governance, and the development of the organisation. The Advisory Board has no executive functions nor decision-making remit: it provides specific advice and support to THO on the development and implementation of:

  • vision, values, and objectives;
  • strategic direction and business planning;
  • public accountability for the subscriptions received.

The successful candidates will have experience of Audit and Risk Assurance Committees and, ideally, the requirements on Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). We are specifically looking for candidates possessing recent experience in one or both of the following areas for these roles:

  • financial experience
  • expertise in IT, in particular Cyber Security

Other useful experience would be in the area of workforce expansion, cultural change and development.  Ideally, they will also possess experience and/or knowledge of the social housing sector. The successful candidates will also be expected to develop an understanding of the Housing Ombudsman’s role and framework of authorities.

Both the ARAC and the Advisory Board each meet at least four times per year. The candidates will be expected to read papers and contribute on specific topics outside of formal meetings.

Remuneration for membership of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is £1,750 per annum. In addition, remuneration for membership of the Advisory Board is £1,750 per annum.  Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in line with The Housing Ombudsman Service’s travel and subsistence policy.

For further details, please download the information pack.

Closing date for applications: 23.59 on Monday, 11th September 2023.

Interviews: Thursday 12th October 2023.

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity. We have an environment that is inclusive and recognises the value of difference in the workplace.

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