The Audit, Risk and Performance Committee holds delegated responsibility for: 

  • overseeing our financial procedures, policies and plans
  • ensuring compliance with regulations
  • monitoring HR compliance and performance
  • ensuring activities are carried out effectively
  • considering the appointment of and maintaining relationships with the external auditor
  • discussing problems and reservations arising from the audit
  • taking and commissioning reports on internal audits against policy

The committee will have up to seven members, recruited by the Chair who may be a BACP or lay (non-BACP) member. Each committee member will have one equal vote.

Term of office

Committee members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

You must attend four committee meetings a year, always before our Board meetings, and at other times as required.

You'll also be expected to commit any additional time necessary to satisfactorily perform the duties of sitting on a governance committee.

Carrying out the role

You'll be expected to:

  • attend committee meetings fully prepared to participate and ensure key decisions are reached, having read up all the information sent out
  • participate in the committee’s performance review, and work with BACP staff to develop the committee's skills set
  • attend BACP events, including the AGM, to promote and support the work of the committee and answer any questions members may have
  • maintain absolute confidentiality of any sensitive and confidential information you receive 
  • always act in the best interests of BACP to support our charitable aims and achieve our strategic objectives
  • comply with the committee's current terms of reference
  • observe the code of conduct, policies and procedures as they relate to volunteers
  • uphold the seven principles of the Charity Governance Code:
    - organisational purpose
    - leadership
    - integrity
    - decision making, risk and control
    - board effectiveness
    - diversity
    - openness and accountability.

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • have experience of audits and an understanding of their role and purpose
  • have good financial and business acumen and an understanding of HR processes
  • have an understanding of GDPR
  • be willing to devote time and effort
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively
  • understand the responsibilities of the position

Knowledge and experience of the third sector would be an advantage but is not essential.

You don't have to be a BACP member to apply. Members who are currently under investigation, or sanction, through our professional conduct procedure cannot apply.


There is no remuneration for this role, however we will reimburse reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the role in line with our volunteers expenses policy. 

Any other remuneration is subject to Charity Commission guidelines and approval of the Board of Governors.

To apply

Please email your CV and a detailed application letter to the Governance team at Or you can send it by post to BACP, BACP House, 15 St. John’s Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB.

For more information about the role, email or telephone 01455 883311.