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Council seeks independent Audit Committee chair

The borough council is looking for someone to play a role in making sure its finances are being properly managed. The council is seeking a new independent chair for its Audit Committee as the present chair, Paul Blakemore, will step down in May after eight years.

Anyone interested in the role can apply but they need to have well developed chairing skills and significant experience in at least one of the key areas of the committee’s responsibilities - external audit, internal audit, risk management or accountancy. A professional qualification relevant to one of those areas is highly desirable and you should also either live or work within Charnwood.

This is a non-political role and anyone interested should therefore be able to demonstrate independence from potential political bias.

Councillor Tom Barkley, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: ‘This is an important appointment which demonstrates the Council’s commitment to having an Audit Committee free from potential political bias and which can impartially make sure that our finances and risks are being properly managed.”

Mr Blakemore said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time chairing the committee and would encourage anyone who feels they have the right mix of skills and experience to consider applying for the position.”

The appointment is for a four-year period and one person can only serve a maximum of eight years. It carries an annual allowance of £3,408.

Expressions of interest, setting out why you feel you are suitable for the role in no more than two sides of A4, should be submitted by email to or by post to Democratic Services, Charnwood Borough Council. Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX. The closing date is Monday, February 6, 2017.

Further information can be obtained by calling Adrian Ward, Head of Strategic Support, on 01509 634573.

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