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Chair of Audit and Risk – The National Archives

Jan 18, 2021

Expired on: Feb 15, 2021

A new exciting position has opened for the Chair of Audit and Risk at the National Archives.

The National Archives is a non-ministerial department and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government. Their historic mission endures: to collect and preserve the record and to lead, partner and support archives at home and worldwide. They work to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations. The inclusive archive builds trust and tears down barriers to access, participation and understanding and harnesses talent from diverse backgrounds.

The National Archives are looking for an experienced and qualified Board Member who will also serve as the Chair of Audit & Risk, providing support to the Accounting Officer and Board on financial reporting, risk, internal control and governance. The appointed candidate will also serve as a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee. 


  • Experience in a senior leadership role in a significant organisation or on a Board
  • Demonstrable knowledge, skills or experience relevant to The National Archives’ strategic priorities
  • Demonstrable track record of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders including the ability to respond to and reconcile the differing needs of those stakeholders
  • Demonstrable track record as an experienced member, or as a Chair of an Audit and Risk Committee
  • A UK or overseas-equivalent qualified accountant

As the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.  You will be advising and supporting the Accounting Officer (and Board) on the following:

Risk Management:

  • Reviewing the strategic, operational and financial risks as set out in the Corporate Risk Register considered by the Board
  • Verifying that the Executive Team have accurately assessed the possible impact that the identified risks could have on The National Archives
  • Ensuring that the Executive Team has responded adequately by adopting and implementing appropriate counter-measures to handle each of the identified risks
  • Verifying that risk management processes work effectively and reporting to the Board on the effectiveness of the risk management system

Financial Management and Reporting:

  • Evaluating whether the Board and the business have adequate and timely financial information to enable them to take well informed strategic and operational decisions
  • Ensuring that The National Archives has systems in place so that it complies with all relevant legislation and directives relating to financial transactions
  • Awareness of any changes to said accounting policies that might materially impact on the ability to produce the Accounts
  • Approving the draft Annual Report and Accounts of The National Archives including the process for review prior to submission to audit, levels of errors identified, and management’s letter of representation to the External Auditors

Audit Arrangements:

  • Ensuring that adequate audit arrangements (internal and external) are in place
  • Approving the Internal and External Audit strategy and work programme and their results
  • Assessing the quality of the Internal Audit function
  • (Where appropriate) reviewing and supporting proposals for tendering for either Internal or External Audit Services or for the purchase of non-audit services from contractors who provide audit services
  • Ensuring that there is good co-operation with and between Internal and External Audit
  • Reviewing the adequacy of management response to issues identified by audit activity (including External Audit’s management letter) and the progress of implementing and completing ongoing audit actions

The time commitment may vary each month but will be approximately 26 days per annum (to include meetings and preparation time.) The successful candidate will be offered a two or three-year contract, with the possibility of extension for a further two or three years.

If you wish to apply please supply the following:

  • A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the person specification.

Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and will be assessed as part of your full application.

  • Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period of time they have known you. (Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.)
  • Diversity monitoring form – your data will be stored separately from your application and will at no time be connected to you or your application.


Should you chose to apply, as part of Inclusive Boards’ continuing efforts to promote diversity, please fill out our DIVERSITY MONITORING FORM This in no way will affect your application to The National Archives

If you would like to discuss this role informally before applying, please call 0207 267 8369 to arrange a time to speak to Sam Carey or Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola.

Applications should be sent via the link to the right, or by emailing TNA@inclusiveboards.co.uk by 12:00pm on Monday February 15th 2021


Sector: Public Sector
Role Type: Chair
Company: The National Archives
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