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Opportunity to play key role in scrutinising and challenging work of GMCA and GMP

AN exciting opportunity has opened up for three people to play a key role in scrutinising and challenging the work of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Two new independent members are being sought for the GMCA Audit Committee and one for the Greater Manchester Joint Audit Panel (Police and Crime).

The Audit Committee provides independent assurance to the Combined Authority on the effectiveness of its governance, financial management, risk management and internal control arrangements. It provides a key role in providing constructive challenge across the organisation and improving its financial statements.

The Joint Audit Panel (Police and Crime) focuses on the resources allocated to policing across Greater Manchester and is responsible for overseeing the arrangement of the Police Fund including the Chief Constable’s final accounts, internal and external audit arrangements, risk management and the annual governance review.

David Molyneux, GMCA Lead on Resources, said: “These roles are vital to ensure that both the GMCA and GMP are operating the way they should and to ensure that the controls and governance arrangements are robust.

“These roles are perfect for anyone who thinks strategically, can analyse information, question and challenge effectively and works well with other people. If you think you fit the bill, I would urge you to apply and get involved in these exciting and important roles.”

Ian Hopkins, GMP Chief Constable, said: “The Joint Audit Panel was set up to ensure the resources allocated to policing in Greater Manchester are being handled effectively. It is key in ensuring that members of the public have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the service that is being delivered and in doing so enhancing public trust and greater confidence in the Force.

“We are looking for local people with experience and knowledge of policing, criminal justice and community safety issues, who can bring their expertise to benefit the panel.

“We would encourage as many members of public from a wide of backgrounds to apply for the role as members of the panel play a key role in helping to keep local communities safe.”

The roles are open to anyone but skills, knowledge and experience relating to finance, auditing, risk management and governance are essential. Skills and experience relating to digital/information systems and project and programme management would also be desirable. We would like to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply to ensure the panel and committee have a diverse membership which reflects the communities of Greater Manchester.

The appointments last for three years. Both the Audit Committee and the Joint Audit Panel meet between four and six times a year.  

Meetings will last for up to three hours and there will be additional training and briefing sessions that members are required to attend.

You can find more information and download the application form and pack here. 

Applications are open now and the deadline for applying is 11.59pm on Friday, November 15. The shortlisting will then take place for the roles with interviews taking place on Wednesday, November 27. 

Article Published: 05/11/2019 10:23 AM