Appointment of a Trustee - Chair of Audit & Risk Committee


Welcome to Camphill Village Trust.

We are delighted to advertise for a unique opportunity to become a Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

As a charity and not-for-profit organisation, Camphill Village Trust has for almost 70 years, been providing a range of predominately land based “green” care, support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health challenges and complex needs.

We empower adults with learning and other disabilities to lead a more connected, fulfilled lives with meaning and purpose.

We operate nine communities and a Shared Lives Scheme across England, providing homes and care and support for over 400 adults.

The Trust operates from sites situated in North Yorkshire, Teesside, Hertfordshire, Stourbridge, and Gloucestershire.

Each of our communities is different; from Botton Village in the heart of the North York Moors covering over 1,000 acres of farm and countryside, homes, a shop, post office, theatre, church and creamery; to our Stourbridge and St Albans communities that are more urban based with town centre flats, bungalows and houses.

A key part of our focus over the next twelve months, is on our ‘Brilliant Basics’ transformation plan. Executing our fundamentals using basic principles brilliantly is key to our continued success.

Basics: doing the right thing in the right way, everyday.

Education: having the right training and development, line management support and mentoring to be the best we can in our given role.

Discipline: being organised, planning well, demonstrating high professional standards at all times and being accountable.

The result of our transformation through “Brilliant Basics” will be the development of a Target Operating Model (TOM) for the future.

We are looking for an experienced and dedicated Trustee to join us to take responsibility chairing the Audit and Risk Committee.

The following provides information and detail about the role, our locations and the type of person we’re looking for. If this sounds exciting to you and you have the passion, experience and skills to help us achieve our ambitious vision, we’d love to hear from you.

We look forward to meeting you!

Yours sincerely

Michael Nutt
Chair of the Board of Trustees

About us

A copy of our annual report with further information about our communities, initiatives, quality impact and financial review can be found here.

For further information about Camphill Village Trust, our services and communities, please go to the website.

Camphill Village Trust values

Building connections

Camphill Village Trust offers a sense of belonging and community. That means we create opportunities for friendship, connecting people to build a community so they can feel valued rather than isolated.

Enabling potential

Camphill Village Trust enables people to develop, grow and be heard. This means we build confidence and the voice of the people we support informs what we do, at every level.

Promoting purpose

Camphill Village Trust promotes meaningful, healthy living. This means the people we support live an active life and can contribute to the wider community on an equal basis.

Environmental respect

Camphill Village Trust values and cares for the environment. This means that we see a connection between the environment we live in and our well-being and promote living sustainably, in harmony with the natural world.

Social impact

Camphill Village Trust believes our people and resources should make a positive contribution to society.

This means we support and develop initiatives to challenge issues faced by vulnerable members of society, which enable the people we support to achieve greater integration into the wider community.


The role

iTrustee - Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Job reference:

Accountable to: Chair of the Board

Purpose of the role

Trustees are responsible for ensuring the management control, accountability and good conduct of the Trust and are required to:

  • Ensure effective leadership of the Trust and that it adheres to its purpose and mission.
  • Ensure that it operates in accordance with its orgainsational culture and values.
  • Develop, with the Executive team, the Trust’s strategy and oversee its delivery.
  • Ensure the organisation is well led, efficient and effective.
  • Provide scrutiny, challenge, and support to the Executive Team.
  • Be open and transparent in accounting to all stakeholders of the Trust.
  • Add value by contributing advice and assistance according to individual expertise.
  • Act as an advocate and ambassador for the Trust.

The Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) is responsible for:

  • Leading the Committee and ensure that its meetings have agendas which address the full scope of ARC’s Terms of Reference agreed by the Board of Trustees: being able to monitor the integrity of the charity’s financial statements and financial reporting, to review the Charity’s management accounts and the effectiveness of the Charity’s risk management system and system of internal control.
  • Ensuring effective governance of the Committee, including efficient conduct of meetings and that all Committee Members are able to express their views.
  • Reporting on any Committee decisions or recommendations to the Board and ensuring they are kept informed of the work of the Committee.
  • Establishing a constructive relationship with, and supporting the Chair of Trustees and Chief Executive, and raising any concerns with them in a timely and appropriate manner.

Core duties:

  • To have a good understanding of the objectives and priorities of the Trust and of the role of the ARC.
  • To ensure that the assurance framework, including systems of risk management and internal control in the Trust are effective and robust, and that ARC can provide assurance to the Board on the management of the risks faced by the organisation, including assurance from the internal and external auditors.
  • To approve the ARC meeting agendas and ensure all required business is brought to the Committee in order for its duties and responsibilities to be discharged, including scrutiny and oversight of financial reporting, risk management, internal and external audit, whistleblowing and the system of internal control across the Trust.
  • To chair ARC and facilitate all discussions and decision-making processes based on the principles of inclusion and meaningful contribution. This will include understanding and assessing complex information in order to make those decisions and encouraging Committee Members to participate and discuss different perspectives.
  • To play an active role in annual general meetings; presenting the annual report and financial statements in a way that is understandable to the audiences and which provides transparency to Charity Members.
  • To provide challenge in a constructive manner, and to support and provide advice to the work of the Board and Committee.
  • To apply skills and knowledge from a relevant professional discipline to the discussions and decisions the Committee and Board make.
  • To apply perspective to situations and have a balanced and objective view in order to consider the needs of different stakeholders in coming to conclusions.
  • To contribute to and share responsibility for the decisions of the Board and the Committee, including its duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and independent judgement.
  • To exercise independent judgment and to act only in the interests of the Trust as a whole, and not on behalf of any individual or entity.
  • To maintain the highest standards of governance and conduct and demonstrate relevant knowledge of orgainsational governance.
  • To maintain communication as necessary with key individuals in the company’s governance and foster good working relationships and a shared understanding of matters of risk and audit with Board and Committee Members, internal and external auditors and the CEO/Executive Team.
  • To prepare for and attend committee meetings, away days, training/development events, the annual general meeting and other internal and external events as required.
  • To participate in reviews of individual, committee and Board performance and measures designed to develop capacity and effectiveness.

Please note this job description is not exhaustive and reflects the type and range of tasks, responsibilities and outcomes associated with the role.

In addition to the above you are expected to:

  • Undertake other duties from time to time as required by the Chair of the Board.
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with our data protection policy and procedure.

Equality & Diversity

Promoting equality, celebrating diversity and ensuring inclusion is fundamental to us. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all, and applications are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

To reflect our ambition and commitment to be more representative in our governance structures, we particularly encourage and welcome applications from young people, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people from the LGBTQ+ community.

 Person Specification

These criteria will be considered as part of the shortlisting stage and interviews.

Skills – we consider the following to be essential:

  • Qualified accountant with experience in financial management and control.
  • Relevant audit or risk management qualification or significant experience in either/both areas.
  • Governance and/or management skills at Board level, ideally of a large and complex customer-facing organisation.
  • Clear, positive leadership and chairing skills: know how to prepare and manage an agenda, run a successful meeting, create an open and supportive environment for Committee members, ensure Committee decisions are clear and made as a result of good information from Executives, management and advisors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills: Be able to relate to people at all levels in the organisation, possess tact and diplomacy and the ability to form positive working relationships and partnerships with people both inside and outside the Trust. Able to question, challenge and negotiate appropriately and effectively.
  • Ability to apply perspective to situations and have a balanced and objective view in order to consider the needs of different parties in coming to conclusions.
  • Demonstrate clear analytical intellect; assimilate and make sense of complex data, evaluate options and understand different perspectives
  • Possess confidence to challenge, ask questions appropriately and keep to an appropriate level of detail.
  • Be experienced in change management and to support the Charity to positively navigate challenging external drivers for change in addition to recognising that the Trust is undergoing significant internal changes post covid.

It would be desirable to have experience of audit and risk governance processes in a regulated organization.

Knowledge and understanding – we consider the following to be essential:

  • A strong track record of achievement in his or her field – in the public, private or voluntary sectors.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of strategic financial management, corporate governance, internal control and risk assessment frameworks, preferably in a regulated environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of risk management frameworks and monitoring high level strategic and operational risks.
  • An experienced change agent.
  • An understanding of the Trust’s values and commitment to the support of people with Learning disability, autism and other health conditions.

Essential Attributes

  • Committed to the Trust’s Purpose: Able to understand the life experience of the people we support and the challenges they face; passionate about improving their rights, choices and inclusion.
  • Acts with integrity: What he/she does is grounded in what they believe. Demonstrates high professional standards, understands accountability and is open and honest in dealings with others.
  • Builds a positive culture: Keen to enhance the performance of the organisation through promoting positive change and challenging ineffective systems, processes, and behaviours.
  • Effective Meetings: takes an active role in ensuring that meetings are focused and productive. Prepares thoroughly in advance, contributes actively and fosters an environment that encourages others to contribute.
  • Builds relationships: Works hard to develop and maintain effective relationships with Trustees, staff and external parties through openness and respect and showing a genuine interest in other people’s perspectives.
  • Demonstrates intellectual rigor and analytical insight: Able to process information quickly, act decisively and find novel solutions to problems. Takes a balanced view considering the needs of different parties and maintains objectivity despite personal values and beliefs.
  • Communicates clearly: Able to translate complex messages so that others can understand; to influence a wide range of audiences and acts as an ambassador for the organisation, seeking out opportunities to promote the work of the Trust in both internal and external forums.
  • Demonstrates resilience: Remains positive even during difficult times and displays maturity when faced with criticism.

Additional Information

  • All reasonable expenses will be paid.
  • You will have full access to training and development.
  • You will be required to contribute a minimum of two days a month: your time spent will include Board and Committee Meetings, visits to communities, CEO and Chair discussions, regular debate with the Finance lead and group training etc.
    • The Board of Trustee’ meet at least four times a year, these performance meetings are supported by strategic planning days, training events, community visits and stakeholder engagement opportunities. There are four ARC meetings a year and the Annual General Meeting.
    • Meetings are a hybrid of virtual and in-face. As a national Charity we balance cost against outcomes and the importance of human connection. In face meetings are currently held in London or one of the Trusts Communities.
    • Confirmed Board Meetings for 2023: 28th Feb,  16th May, (Board training in June, dates tbc), 8th Aug and 21st Nov. Usually 3 hours in duration, from 10.30am.
    • Audit & Risk Committee Meetings for 2023: 7th Feb, 25th July, 31st Oct. Usually 2/2.5 hours in duration from 10.30am.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the Camphill Village Trust. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley:

The closing date for applications is 21 November 2022.

Onward timetable:

w/c Monday 28 November — Preliminary Interviews with Anderson Quigley
w/c Monday 12 December — Stakeholder Engagement Activities and Final Panel Interviews

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the knowledge and qualifications criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • Please complete the following online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ1605.