Audit & Risk Committee - Volunteer role

Updated 15/March/2021
Institute of Public Health – seeking Chartered Accountant for its Audit and Risk Committee

The Institute of Public Health informs public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Established in 1998, the Institute is jointly funded by the Departments of Health in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, and is directly accountable to both Chief Medical Officers. The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Chief Medical Officers, providing strategic advice to the executive team. The Institute works with national and local government departments, and have established partnerships with public health schools, clinical and academic institutions, and community organisations on the island of Ireland, in the UK, EU and globally. The Institute of Public Health is a private company limited by guarantee.

The Board has established an Audit and Risk Committee as a Committee of the Board to support them in their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance by reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the Board’s assurance needs and reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances.

The Board is currently reconstituting its Audit and Risk Committee and proposes to appoint up to three independent external members. The Board has identified the need to appoint at least one Chartered Accountant with current or recent experience of working in the public sector in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Ideal candidates should:
• Believe in the purpose and goals of the Institute of Public Health
• Be a Chartered Accountant
• Have financial accounting experience, especially in the public sector in Ireland or Northern Ireland
• Sharp financial acumen with common sense
• Experience and basic knowledge around Risk Management
• Time available to undertake this role (outlined below)

There are approximately five Audit and Risk Committee meetings per annum (ten hours per annum). In addition, you will need to available for an additional fifteen hours per annum to prepare for meetings, to review information and provide advice as appropriate.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email in confidence to Jillian van Turnhout (, an external consultant who is managing this process.