Audit & Risk Committee and Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
Expenses paid
Posted
07 Mar 2017
Closes
07 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part-time
Level of qualification
Newly qualified, Part qualified, Qualified

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Introduction

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) came into being as a result of the National Lottery Act 1993. It gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. We distribute a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes.

We allocate grants to projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and since 1994, the HLF has awarded £7.1billion to more than 40,000 projects across the UK.

HLF is administered by the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) which separately allocates grants to our national heritage, acting as a fund of ‘last resort’.

NHMF is officially known as a ‘non-departmental public body’. This means that, although we are not a government department, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport issues financial directions to us and we report to Parliament through the department. Our decisions about individual applications and policies are entirely independent.

What do we do?

The Heritage Lottery Fund is the UK’s leading funder of our diverse heritage and the only heritage organisation that operates both across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and funds the entire spread of heritage – including buildings, museums, natural heritage and the heritage of cultural traditions and memories.

Our strategic framework for 2013-2018 sets our plans to deliver long term and sustainable benefits in response to the emerging needs of the heritage sector.  We describe the difference we want to make for heritage, people and communities through a set of outcomes. These outcomes reflect the full range of what we want to achieve and are drawn directly from our research into what HLF-funded projects have actually delivered. For more about out outcomes see: www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/Pages/Outcomes.aspx

We aim to support work designed to care for heritage and to help people to experience and enjoy it, e.g.:

  • Improving the management and sustainability of heritage.
  • Creating opportunities for people to learn about their heritage.
  • Building repairs and conservation work.
  • Encouraging more and a wider range of people to engage with heritage - especially people from communities who have not been involved in heritage before.
  • Buying items, land or buildings which are important to our heritage.

Fast facts about HLF

  • Over £38m has been awarded to almost 1,600 community heritage projects
  • Nearly £4.5bn of Lottery funding has been awarded to more than 18,000 historic buildings, preserving them for future generations
  • Almost half a billion pounds has been awarded to over 1,000 projects involving industrial, maritime and transport heritage
  • More than 3,200 land and biodiversity projects have received over £1.5bn
  • More than 1,100 museums and galleries have seen an investment of more than £1.8bn
  • £590 million has been used to conserve our natural heritage, with over 72,000 hectares of land bought and restored
  • Over £800 million has been put towards regenerating the UK’s historic public parks

For further information please visit our web site: www.hlf.org.uk

National Heritage Memorial Fund

Whilst the majority of our grant giving activities focus on our National Lottery activities we continue to give grants through our Memorial Fund activities. This is funded via taxation rather than lottery and amounts to £5M per annum. A small team oversees and manages these applications and grants. Although we account and report on our lottery and memorial activities separately both sides of our work are combined for budgeting, planning, resourcing, risk etc.

For further information please visit our web site: www.nhmf.org.uk

The roles

We are seeking to appoint a high calibre Non Executive Member for the Audit & Risk Committee and one member for the Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee too. Applications are welcome for either or both roles.

Each committee consists of three Trustees (including a Chair) derived from the main Board.

The Trustees are looking for a Non-Executive Member to support them in ensuring NHMF and HLF meet their high level objectives.

Candidates will have a track record of significant achievement at a senior level in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. They will have personal credibility and integrity alongside the ability to use their skills and experience to benefit the work of the Fund (i.e. both NHMF and HLF).

Audit & Risk Member – Requirements and person specification

The member will contribute to the development of the Fund through:

  • Attending Audit & Risk Committee meetings (four times a year);
  • Providing an external perspective for the Committee;
  • Provide independent support, guidance and challenge on matters referred to the Committee and,
  • Other occasional activity for the purpose of developing an understanding of the work of the Fund.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Substantial accounting, audit and risk management experience at a senior level;
  • Ability to operate strategically as an effective member of the Committee and contribute positively to the Fund in this capacity;
  • Strong analytical skills, judgement and decision making;
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with people across and outside the Fund;
  • Good communications skills with an inquiring mind and a willingness to challenge constructively;
  • Evidence of the understanding of the role of audit (internal and external) and the management of corporate risks;
  • Understanding of the Accounting Officer’s duties and responsibilities;
  • An appreciation of the Fund’s role, objectives and priorities and,
  • Knowledge and understanding of Public Sector accounting and governance.

 

 

Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee Member – Requirements and person specification

The member will contribute to the development of the Fund through:

  • Attending Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee meetings and pre-meetings (three times a year);
  • Providing an external perspective for the Committee;
  • Provide independent support, guidance and challenge on matters referred to the Committee and,
  • Other occasional activity for the purpose of developing an understanding of the work of the Fund.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Substantial accounting, financial management, budgeting and planning experience at a senior level;
  • Experience in business process re-design, business change and investment to enable that change;
  • Ability to operate strategically as and effective member of the Committee and contribute positively to the Fund in this capacity;
  • Knowledge of people/HR and IT change led initiatives;
  • Strong analytical skills, judgement and decision making;
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with people across and outside the Fund;
  • Good communications skills with an inquiring mind and a willingness to challenge constructively;
  • Understanding of the Accounting Officer’s duties and responsibilities;
  • An appreciation of the Fund’s role, objectives and priorities and,
  • Knowledge and understanding of Public Sector accounting and governance.

The Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee also acts as the Remuneration Committee for senior staff and meets once a year in that capacity.

Further information:

These posts are not remunerated but expenses to travel and attend meetings will be met.

The term of appointment will be for four years.

The Committees usually meet at Holbein Place, London, although they may meet at other locations occasionally.

Applications can be made through a short cover letter and CV to Colin Bailey, the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, at colinb@hlf.org.uk to be received no later than 5pm on 7 April 2017.

If you are interested in this role and would like further information, please contact Colin at the email address above or on 07966 444272.

Interviews with a panel of Trustees and the Chief Executive are likely to take place in May.