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Audit & Risk Committee Member

We are recruiting for two non-Trustee Audit & Risk Committee members; the RSA is a charitable Royal Charter Company founded in 1754. 

We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. We are a global network of 28,000 Fellows and have brought about ideas such as the first public examination system to inception of the Great Exhibition. More recently we have been responsible for ideas such as the Northern Powerhouse and the National Heritage Index. We provide a world leading free public lecture programme and have worldwide audience through our RSA Animate and Shorts videos.

The Audit & Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the RSA Trustee Board.  It has an overriding duty to independently report and make recommendations to the RSA Trustee Board on the Internal Budget, Systems and Controls; the External Audit Process; Governance and Statutory Responsibilities; Risk and Investment, Legacies and Reserves. It may also deal with such matters as are delegated to it by the Board from time to time and acts in an advisory function to the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. The Committee is constituted of three Trustees and non-trustees giving impartial outside input. 


Roles and Responsibilities

General Expertise


  • To effectively participate in overseeing the financial reporting, risk management, audit and internal governance arrangements of the Network Group.

  • To ensure that the Group Audit and Risk Committee provides assurance to the Group and its stakeholders that resources are properly managed and high standards of governance and financial probity are in evidence.

  • To provide external challenge, support and advice.   

  • To have a good understanding of the objectives and priorities of the RSA and the role of the Audit and Risk Committee in supporting the RSA.

Specific Expertise

We are also looking for specific expertise in managing, advising and providing specialist support on legal, governance, IT or financial risks.

Time and Commitment

The Audit & Risk Committee usually meets four times a year for two hours at 8 John Adam Street. Additionally as part of your role receive the Board papers of the RSA though you will not need to attend meetings. The role is not remunerated but any direct expenses incurred due to travel will be reimbursed.


The closing date for applications has now passed for this role


The RSA is committed to equality of opportunity for all.

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