Joint Audit Committee member

Closing date: Thursday 5 December 2019

The Chief Constable of Kent Police, and Matthew Scott the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, have a Joint Audit Committee to provide an independent and high level focus on the assurance arrangements that underpin their good governance and financial standards.

Comprised of five independent members the Joint Audit Committee has a very successful track record, as evidenced by Kent Police’s recent HMICFRS report.

The committee works constructively with internal and external audit and adds real value at a time of great financial challenge and organisational change.

There is currently a vacancy for one member and we are seeking applications from people who have:

  • Understanding of risk control in both the strategic and operational context
  • Experience of applying and working within effective internal controls
  • Understanding of and demonstrable commitment to the Nolan Principles
  • High level experience of scrutinising financial information & processes
  • Willingness to give the time commitment (including reading, preparation time and ad hoc meetings).
  • Experience of operating at a senior level in a complex organisation with a variety of stakeholder interests.

Knowledge of public sector finances and their scrutiny, and audit processes would be an asset.

In addition, applications from those with particular experience in strategic HR or IT would be particularly welcome.

The committee meets five times a year, and members will be required to independently attend other corporate boards and meetings to support the role. The appointment will be for four years from date of commencement.

Members will be paid a daily rate of £211.50 (half rate for half days).  

For further information, please download the candidate information pack below. To discuss the role, please contact Mr Rob Phillips, CFO, or Ms Laura Steward on 01622 677055.

To apply, please provide a comprehensive CV, setting out your career history and include details of any professional qualifications. In addition, please download and fill in the application form below providing specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.

Please note, this role requires a level of vetting.  If you are selected for interview, you will be required to fill in and bring with you the vetting forms; you will also be asked to bring certain forms of identification with you, which will be detailed in your invitation letter. 

Interviews will be held on the 8th January in Maidstone.


Independent members to sit on Police Gross Misconduct Hearings

Closing date: Thursday 12 December 2019

Ethics and integrity are at the heart of policing.  It is vital that the highest standards are maintained, but sometimes officers fall below the high standard expected of them.

All police forces hold gross misconduct hearings. Since 2016 these have been presided over by Legally Qualified Chairs. Each panel requires an independent member to ensure transparency and to provide an experienced lay person’s view of the proceedings. 

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, is seeking a number of new independent members to sit on these panels. 

We are seeking people with an independent mind and keen analytical skills, potentially from a professional background such as law, audit, or social work, who can analyse a great deal of information and make sound, reasoned decisions.

You would sit on approximately three to four panels per year.  Terms are for four years, with a possibility of a further extension.  This role will require a level of police vetting, and there are certain eligibility criteria for the role.

Further information about this role, and an application form, can be found below. To apply, please return the application form (and a CV, if desired) to by the  closing date of 12 December.

Interviews will be held on 17 January at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sutton Road, Maidstone.

Whilst this will be an appointment for Kent, the OPCC works on a regional basis and you may occasionally be approached to attend panels in other parts of the South East.