Co-opted Member of Audit Committee

About the role

Raven Housing Trust is a thriving social housing provider that owns or manages more than 6,000 homes across Surrey and Sussex. As well as housing management services, Raven also provides support services to tenants, and the wider community, on a wide range of issues including money management, employment and training.

Raven Housing Trust seeks a new Co-opted Member of Audit Committee with excellent financial acumen and extensive experience of audit and risk management who is able to support the Committee's work in strengthening internal controls.


UK - South East (Surrey)

Time commitment

4 Committee meetings + 2 away days per year


£3,000 p.a.

Role specification

This non-executive position offers an exciting opportunity for a talented individual with a genuine passion for social housing to work with the Trust to ensure it is best placed to deliver on its strategy.

Reporting into the main Board, the Audit Committee provides assurance on the systems of internal control, risk management and the internal and external audit functions, to ensure that they are effective and well managed. Members of the Audit Committee will be able to understand operational and financial performance and will work to satisfy themselves that there is a framework of prudent, robust and effective financial and other controls in place, and that financial matters are correctly and appropriately reported.

The successful candidate will join the Audit Committee in a co-opted capacity.

Person specification

With ambitious plans for the years ahead, the Trust now seeks to appoint an audit, risk management and financial expert to join its Audit Committee.

The successful candidate for the role will bring excellent finance or audit experience and able to support the Committee's work in strengthening internal controls. They will be able to draw upon their experience to support the Committee’s work in strengthening internal controls, and in ensuring that financial best practices are carefully upheld.

Alongside their financial acumen, candidates should bring cognitive diversity to the Committee, demonstrating a rigorous personality type with the ability to scrutinise information subjecting it to the highest standards of quality control. They will be highly conscientious and problem-solving, with the ability to polish and perfect all of the Committee's crucial work.

Candidate experience

Required for this role

Advanced financial and accounting acumen [Structured skill]

In-depth experience of working directly with financial and accounting issues. Experience could be either in a leadership role of a finance function or as a director or partner of a professional services firm. Candidates will be able to contribute to the committee in debates about financial and accounting matters, and will ideally have a professional qualification.

Please outline your recent relevant roles and, for each, including the size of business worked in or advised, any relevant professional qualifications, and any key indicators of success.

Desired for this role

Risk management [Structured skill]

Recent experience of working directly with risk management issues, including operational and project delivery risk; for instance, previous specialisation in a technical function or operating in a broader general management role with responsibility for risk oversight. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to manage exposure to risk.

Please include your most relevant experience including role and remit with regard to risk.

Additional information

Board Composition

  • Caroline Armitage, Chair
  • Henrietta Irving, Vice Chair
  • Dawn Kenson, Chair of Audit Committee
  • Phil Andrew, Chair of People and Culture Committee
  • David Gannicott, Chair of Group Investment Committee
  • Jonathan Higgs, Chief Executive
  • Mark Baker, Director of Finance & Governance
  • Paul Edwards
  • John Amans
  • Bryan Ingleby
  • Nick Meinertzhagen
  • Heather Bowman

The Board is supported by 3 Committees - Audit Committee, Group Investment Committee, and People and Culture Committee. More information on the Board can be found here.


Raven Housing Trust welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. Applications from women and those from an ethnically diverse background are particularly welcome. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Terms of appointment

This role is remunerated, and reasonable, pre-agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed, although some meetings will be held virtually. The appointment is for a three-year term initially, which can be renewed to a maximum of 6 years. There are 4 Committee meetings per year, as well as 2 full day Board away days. It is expected that the successful candidate will be appointed by September 2021.


Deadline for applications: June 17th

Candidates can expect the process to be completed by: August 20th

Candidates can expect interviews to take place: June/July 2021


Raven Housing Trust is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform, for this appointment. To find out more and apply, you will need to request Nurole membership (which is free and completely confidential) for the Co-opted Member of Audit Committee role here, mentioning the keyword Raven2021. If you have any questions or problems, please contact