VACANCY Chairperson to the Audit and Accountability Committee of the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC)
REMUNERATION £250 daily fee and reasonable travel expenses
ATTENDANCE Attend 4 formal meetings per year with additional ad-hoc meetings as required
APPOINTMENT 2 years with possible extension option
LOCATION Quarterly meetings held at PIRC office in Hamilton
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is currently seeking to appoint a Chairperson to their Audit and Accountability Committee.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) was established under the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 as amended by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. It is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body. It was established in 2013 and is responsible for carrying out independent investigations into incidents involving the police and independent reviews of the way the police handle complaints from the public. The PIRC is completely independent of the police and plays a key role in the policing landscape in Scotland by supporting public confidence in a fair and transparent system.
Our aim is to secure public confidence in policing in Scotland by supporting continuous improvement and promoting positive change.
Role of Chairperson
In accordance with the Scottish Public Finance Manual, there is a requirement for the PIRC to have an Audit and Accountability Committee (AAC).The ACC is essential to ensure the organisation has strong corporate governance arrangements. The AAC’s role is to provide strong constructive challenge, where required, as well as robust financial scrutiny. The AAC will support PIRC’s Accountable Officer with their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance and associated assurance through a process of constructive challenge.
The Accountable Officer is looking to appoint a Chairperson who will be expected to:
The AAC will comprise of three non-executive Members, one Chairperson, the Commissioner, Accountable Officer and a representative from both internal and external audit will also attend meetings. Non – committee members may be invited to attend meetings, if appropriate.
Members and Chair shall be recruited by a panel including representatives from the PIRC and other external organisations for an initial period of two years with the possibility of extension, for a further 2 years.
The Committee will be expected to meet formally 4 times per year, with time required to prepare in advance of these meetings. Additional ad-hoc meetings may be required over and above these formal meetings. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, failure to attend 2 consecutive meetings may result in the termination of your appointment.
Successful candidates will be expected to undertake 1 day of training to assist them in their committee role. Successful candidates will be also be required to undergo vetting and Disclosure Scotland screening which the PIRC will arrange.
The PIRC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting a diverse workforce, with an emphasis on the PIRC values of integrity, impartiality and respect. We therefore encourage applications from all members of the community. We are committed to the Disability Confident Initiative and offer a guaranteed interview to any applicant who meets all of the selection criteria required for the post and considers themselves to be disabled.
Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that all interviews will be conducted in a virtual/remote setting. In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual /interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'Zoom' app by which you can undertake the interview if selected. We are also asking that you ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.
How to Apply
Full details can be found on the candidate information pack below. If you need the information provided in a more accessible format please contact the details above.
The closing date for applications is midnight on 5 November 2020.
Shortlisting will take place thereafter and successful applicants will be allocated an interview date.
Applicants who have not been contacted by us within 3 weeks of the closing date should assume they have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
Only completed application forms will be considered
Please do not substitute your Curriculum Vitae for a completed form since this will not be considered.