Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member and ex-officio Advisory Board Member – Housing Ombudsman Careers

Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member and ex-officio Advisory Board Member


Job details

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

Part time

Fixed term contract

£1,750 per annum

Closing date:
2 May, 2022 11:59 pm

Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Member and ex-officio Advisory Board Member

The  Housing  Ombudsman  is  seeking  to  appoint  an  Audit  &  Risk  Assurance  Committee Member who will also be an ex-officio Advisory Board Member.

The role of the Housing Ombudsman is to:

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

The service is independent and impartial.

Membership of the Scheme is compulsory for social landlords (primarily housing associations who are or have been 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 successful candidate will have experience of Audit & Risk Assurance Committees and, ideally, the requirements on Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). They will possess experience in the areas of organisational cultural change, workforce expansion and colleague development. Ideally, they will also possess experience in one or both of the following areas:

  • customer service
  • casework management

The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an understanding of the Housing Ombudsman’s role and the framework of authorities.

This ARAC appointment will also be one of the two ex-officio Advisory Board positions. Members of the Advisory Board have an advisory function only and have no executive functions or decision-making remit.

Both the ARAC and the Advisory Board each meet at least four times per year. The candidate 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.

Interviews: week commencing 23rd May 2022.

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