We are seeking to appoint a new Chair for our Audit & Risk Committee.

The Committee reports to Council (the BSA’s governing body and board of trustees) on internal controls, risk management and financial reporting.

For more details about the role and how to get in touch, download the role description.

Your role

Your responsibilities are to:

  • Chair Committee meetings, ensuring decisions or recommendations are based on appropriate expertise and insight
  • Support Committee members to contribute fully and work effectively together
  • Provide clear, expert guidance and advice to the Senior Management team and Finance team
  • Work with the executive management team to oversee the process of selecting, contracting and managing an external auditor
  • Scrutinise the auditor’s reports and letters, and make recommendations to the board as appropriate
  • Review and recommend approval by Council of the trustees’ report and financial accounts

You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of effective governance and financial management in charities, and to the BSA’s goal of improving diversity & inclusivity.

What we are looking for

To get the most out of being Chair of the Audit Committee, we suggest that you have a passion for the BSA’s aims and can commit to the limited time and effort required. You will need in-depth technical expertise in charity accounting or a closely related field. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and good judgement will also be very valuable.

We are especially keen to hear from people from communities who are currently under-represented among our governance committees, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Terms and conditions


This is a volunteer (pro bono) role and there is no salary. Reasonable out of pocket expenses may be claimed on submission of appropriate documentation.

Terms of appointment

The initial term is three years. You are eligible for re-appointment at the expiry of that term, for one additional term.

Time commitment

There are usually two Audit & Risks meetings per year, lasting two hours each. There will be a further 3-4 hours of preparation for each meeting comprising advising on the draft agenda and reading the meeting papers. There may be additional ad-hoc tasks between meetings such as reviewing the final text of the annual accounts or advising on a new policy or process. Most ad-hoc tasks and conversations can be arranged to fit around your other commitments.


The current committee Chair intends to step down directly after the committee’s next meeting in November 2019. You will have the opportunity to shadow the current chair in the run-up to and during the next meeting and take on the role from December 2019. A full induction will be provided, including the opportunity to meet the BSA’s Chair, treasurer, senior management team, audit partner and any other relevant stakeholders.

The deadline for expressing interest in the role is Friday 16 August 2019.

For an informal conversation about the organisation or the role, or to put yourself forward for the role, please get in touch.