|The peopleís advocate
People with an interest in local democracy and a passion for representing the local views of Wigan Borough are being offered the unique opportunity to play a crucial, yet impartial role in the decision-making processes of Wigan Council.
Two independent committee posts will give successful applicants an insight into how the council operates, while giving them the power to contribute to the fair and efficient operation of the council.
As the peopleís advocate, those selected will use their position to protect and promote the interests of the public, ensuring that the council is treating complaints fairly and spending taxpayersí money wisely.
The first position is for the role of Independent Member on the Audit, Governance and Improvement Review Committee. The purpose of the committee is to oversee the work of the internal and audit functions in relation to the councilís financial affairs, risk management, audit arrangement and to approve its financial statements . As an independent member, the successful candidate will help to provide independent assurance of the effectiveness of the councilís financial management.
The second position is for the role of Independent Person to help support the work of the councilís Standards Committee. The committee is responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by members of the council. The independent person will work at armís length from the council who, in the event of an allegation of breach of the councilís Code of Conduct, will be available for consultation by the monitoring officer and the member who is the subject of the allegation prior to any decision being made.
Paul McKevitt, deputy chief executive of Wigan Council, said: "This is an opportunity for members of the public to take an active part in helping to make sure the council is working fairly and in the best interests of residents. I'd like to encourage those who think they could offer a strong, independent voice on matters which affect them and their fellow residents to apply."
For an application pack or informal chat, please contact either Janet Anderton on 01942 827468 or Davina Rumsey on 01942 828146.
The closing date for applications is 9th August 2013. A short listing exercise and interview will follow shortly afterwards, and the successful candidates are likely to be appointed at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 11th September 2013.