Member of the Archbishops’ Council Audit Committee

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This role is unpaid but receives reasonable expenses

The Archbishops' Council provides a focus for leadership and executive responsibility and a forum for strategic thinking and planning, within the Church of England.

Meeting three times a year, (occasionally more) in Westminster, the Audit Committee, part of the Archbishops' Council and a body answerable to the General Synod, oversees the discharge of responsibilities relating to financial statements, governance, risk management, internal control and audit.

Consisting of a Chair and five others, two being General Synod members, the committee currently has opportunities for new members who have a passion for our values and mission and are excited about the chance to contribute their expertise to support our vision for the future.

Essential will be:

  • experience at trustee, board or senior management level
  • experience of finance is particularly advantageous, or one or more of the following areas; audit, risk, IT, governance or similar and
  • the ability to be probing and challenging while maintaining positive and open working relationships.

This opportunity is non-executive and unpaid, but all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed. The initial term of office is expected to be for five years with the possibility of re-appointment based on performance.

For an informal discussion, please contact Stephanie Harrison, Secretary to the Audit Committee and Director of Risk Management & Internal Audit for the NCIs :

Interviews will be held on the 8th July 2020 and are expected to take place at Church House, Westminster but may be held remotely.

Further information

The Archbishops’ Council is the body charged with the responsibility at national level to co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the mission and work of the Church of England. This involves overseeing the delivery of services and support to parishes and dioceses, bringing together issues of policy and resource for the General Synod, representing the Church to Parliament and Government and much else besides.

In 2018 the Archbishops’ Council received some £147M in income of which some £134M was paid out in grants. The Council manages around 275 staff of which over half are engaged in providing central services to the other National Church Institutions (principally the Council, the Church Commissioners, Lambeth Palace and the Church of England Pensions Board).

More information on the Archbishops’ Council can be found on the Church of England website at

The Audit Committee is a committee of the Archbishops’ Council and a body answerable to the General Synod. The Audit Committee oversees the discharge of the Archbishops’ Council’s responsibilities relating to financial statements, governance, risk management and internal control systems and internal and external audit. It primarily discharges these responsibilities by meeting throughout the year, reporting frequently to Council and annually to General Synod.

The Audit Committee is composed of the Chair (Maureen Cole), a member of the Archbishops’ Council, two members appointed by the Archbishops’ Council (this vacancy) and two members elected by General Synod.

The Audit Committee generally meets three times a year in Church House, Westminster: in March, July and November. Meetings generally last between two to three hours in either a morning or afternoon session. Additional meetings are sometimes required.

The Requirements

We are looking for candidates with trustee, board or senior management experience to sit on the Archbishops’ Council’s Audit Committee. The Committee has a good mix of relevant knowledge, skills and expertise. A background in finance would be desirable, or one or more of the following areas; audit, risk, information technology, project management, company secretariat or governance.

Desirable personal qualities include an enquiring mind, a focus on high level issues with an eye for detail when required, comfortable in being able to scrutinise financial statements, a willingness to be robust, probing and challenging, with the ability to maintain positive and open working relationships with managers and staff. You will bring to the work your commitment to the goals and mission of the Church of England.

Experience of other audit committees would be helpful, as would a knowledge of Church of England governance, but neither are essential as a tailored induction will be provided.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.