Independant member needed for SYFR Audit and Governance Committee

18th September 2019

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has an Audit and Governance Committee to promote excellence in governance and financial reporting. The Committee has utilised the expertise and skills of Independent members since 2008, and has a total of three, each serving a maximum tenure of eight years, with an internal appraisal after the first four years.

The Committee currently has a vacancy for one Independent member, and is seeking people with the necessary skills, enthusiasm and commitment to be a member of the Committee and to bring a fresh external perspective to its debates.

This position is not open to employees of the Authority, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service or previous Independent Members, and is restricted to applicants living and working in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Independent Members receive an allowance of £465.12 per annum and reasonable travel expenses. The latter are reimbursed through the completion of an allowance claim form.

Closing date for applications: Friday 4th October 2019, by 4.00 pm

Interviews for the role will take place on either Tuesday 22nd October or Thursday 24th October 2019 at Barnsley Town Hall (date yet to be confirmed)

Successful applicants will be notified as soon after the interviews as possible, and will be subject to satisfactory references.

The appointment will be subject to formal ratification by the Fire and Rescue Authority at its meeting on 25th November 2019

The Role of Audit & Governance Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of:

  •  the governance arrangements of the Authority
  •  the Authority’s risk management framework
  •  the Authority’s financial management processes and the way this relates to the performance of services

Included in this is the oversight of internal and external audit which assist the Audit and Governance Committee in discharging its responsibilities.

Our Arrangements

The Committee meets six times a year (July, September, November, January, March and May), although additional meetings may be called if there is urgent business to be considered. The meetings are held at Barnsley Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA.

Meetings are webcast (live streamed via the internet), and recordings are available for a period of six months.

Some of the meetings are held at the conclusion of the Fire and Rescue Authority meetings, so at approximately 1.00 pm. However, there are a few stand-alone Audit and Governance Committee meetings that commence at 10.00 am. The dates will be provided as part of your Induction pack. Papers are sent out one week before the meeting to allow Members time to read these in preparation.

In addition to the scheduled meetings, a small number of learning and development events are also arranged to assist Members in fulfilling their role.

Knowledge and Skills

The successful applicant will need to have knowledge, skills and expertise of the public sector in respect of finance, audit and governance. Of equal importance is the ability to understand the role of the Audit and Governance Committee, and to appropriately and constructively challenge and scrutinise to assist in the continual improvement of the governance of the Fire and Rescue Authority.
Whilst support and full access to the Authority’s Learning and Development Schedule will be provided, the role is challenging and provides a real opportunity to contribute to the governance of the Committee.


If you have the experience and personal qualities to undertake this important role, application forms and further details are available from Linda Noble, Principal Policy Officer, South Yorkshire Joint Authorities Governance Unit, Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley, S70 2TA.

Tel 01226 772931, or e-mail For an informal discussion please contact Linda Noble on 01226 772931.