Job opportunity: Co-opted Member of the Audit and Standards Committee

Key opportunities

We are seeking two non-voting members to join our Audit and Standards Committee. This Committee is a crucial part of our corporate governance structure. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to your community while gaining valuable experience in corporate governance.

We are looking for someone who has business, financial, voluntary or community sector experience of working in a medium/large organisation at a senior level or other experience which would give similar benefits. Knowledge of corporate governance arrangements and financial management experience would be advantageous.

As a member of the Committee, you will be responsible for overseeing and assessing our risk management, control, and corporate governance arrangements. You will also advise the Council on the adequacy and effectiveness of these arrangements, ensuring that they are in line with industry standards.

In addition to these responsibilities, you will also be responsible for promoting high standards of conduct by Councillors and co-opted members. You will oversee the Members’ Code of Conduct and consider complaints alleging that a Member may have breached the code.

  • The position is a voluntary role
  • The appointments are for a maximum of 4 years with the terms of office ending in March 2024
  • You will be expected to attend approximately 6 to 8 meetings a year, as well as training events

About us 

Newcastle-under-Lyme is a borough with big ambitions.  We’ve already started our transformation, however, we still need to find better ways of doing things because we are determined to do the very best we can for our communities.   

If our vision is to be the best, then we need the best people working for us. Our people are at the heart of what we do and have the freedom to innovate, grow and develop.  We recruit people who share our vision and values; people who have the drive to deliver our ambitious council plan.

Our historic Borough is a place of marked contrasts. We are the home of a world class University at Keele, a leading light known internationally for its research and sustainability record, which stands side by side with former mining communities including some which register amongst the most deprived areas in the country. Our Borough is also a mixture of urban centres, affected by some of the same social issues facing our neighbouring city, Stoke-on-Trent, but also outstanding rural landscapes in our less populated villages. Our plans and priorities aim to address the needs of all our communities.   

Closing date

5pm on Thursday 29 February 2024. 

Should we receive a large number of applications, then this post could close sooner than the date stated. 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date. 

Commencement date 

1 April 2024. 

Supporting documents and information

Download the job description,  person specification and application form 

We are committed to making our recruitment process as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the interview or assessment process, please contact us (details found below). 

How to apply 

Please download our application form and return via email to or print out and return by post to:

Geoff Durham
Democratic Services
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Castle House
Barracks Road