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External Member of Audit & Risk Committee

United Kingdom (GB)
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3 Mar 2024

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External member of the Audit & Risk Committee - Volunteer role

We are recruiting for an external member of the Audit & Risk Committee to provide strategic support, challenge and oversight as a committee member in respect of internal audit and compliance.

The initial term of appointment is anticipated to be 4 years. You will be asked to join at least two half day Audit & Risk Committee meetings a year and be prepared to provide further advice and input as required. The Committee meets at least twice a year, once in person in the London office located at Canary Wharf and once virtually.

About the Committee:
As a committee of the Board of Trustees, the Audit & Risk Committee provides structured, systematic oversight of WaterAid's governance, risk management and internal control arrangements that may have an impact on the charity's ability to meet its aims. The Committee assists the Board and management by providing advice, guidance or recommendations.

About the Role:
We are looking to appoint an external member of the Audit & Risk Committee - i.e. a member who is not also a trustee of the Board. We are seeking someone with excellent strategic thinking, a proportionate and pragmatic approach to managing risk and the ability to both empower and challenge supportively. For this role we are particularly interested in someone who has experience in a medium to large organisation at a senior level leading an internal audit function or as an external auditor. Experience in related risk and compliance activities would also be welcome.

About You:

  • Commitment to WaterAid's vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this. Able to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

  • A good understanding of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of Charity Boards and a clear appreciation of the difference between governance functions and management functions. 

  • Experience in a medium to large organisation at a senior level leading an Internal Audit function or as an External Auditor.

  • A good understanding of the risks inherent in international development work worldwide.

  • Ability to work well as part of a diverse team.

  • Strong environmental and strategic awareness and ability to identify emerging external factors that may impact on strategy, implementation of plans, or reputation with key stakeholders.

  • A good communicator with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, able to both empower and challenge supportively.

  • An understanding of the context in which WaterAid works (and a willingness to learn more) and an interest in international affairs.


Company info
WaterAid, 6th Floor,
20 Canada Square
E14 5NN

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