Member of the Livestock Information Limited Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

What is Livestock Information Limited?

Livestock Information (LI) Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, formed in 2019. It is 85% controlled by Defra, with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), controlling the remaining 15%.

 LI Ltd is working collaboratively with industry and Government to develop a world-leading multi-species livestock information service for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and deer, which is due to be fully implemented over the next  few years.

Defra will be funding the statutory elements of the Livestock Information Service.

This process is being guided in collaboration with the Traceability Design User Group (TDUG), which represents over 20 trade and government bodies in the meat and livestock sectors.

More effective collection and use of livestock information through multi-species livestock tracing can ensure greater resilience and responsiveness to notifiable animal disease and improved food safety. The ability to connect data across the livestock sector has the potential to produce on-farm and sector-wide productivity and efficiency improvements.

LI Ltd is already operating the Livestock Information Service for Sheep, Goats and Deer, along with Sheep, Goat and Cattle ear tags through an initial technology platform. The company has now embarked developing the Cattle service on a new multi-species platform.

Aim of LI Ltd

To design, implement and operate multi-species livestock traceability services that delivers a statutory service to government whilst providing the opportunity for ‘value add’ through data capture and sharing for the meat and livestock sectors. To do this in a way that provides value for money and builds trust, confidence, and respect from all of its customers and stakeholders, demonstrating that government and industry can work well together in order to deliver more benefit than is possible through either individual party.

Requirements

This role is an independent member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of Livestock Information Limited.

The appointed candidate will:

  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and, where appropriate, with members of the Company’s Board, to ensure that the Committee meets its remit (the Terms of Reference of the Committee are listed as Annex A and will be emailed to candidates once they have submitted an application).
  • Ensure that good standards of governance are maintained.
  • Ensure that risk management is effective.
  • Ensure that effective counter-fraud measures are in place.

Key Responsibilities are (as part of the Committee) to:

  • Consider the reports from both internal and external auditors together with the management response and form a view about the effectiveness of governance arrangements, giving advice on good practice where appropriate.
  • Scrutinise the risk management arrangements and management’s approach to key risks to ensure that there are effective controls and countermeasures.
  • Examine the financial information provided by management to ensure that the company remains viable and is not at risk of insolvency.
  • Scrutinise the Annual Report and Accounts and advise the Board on its adoption.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

  • A proven understanding of financial and risk management of an organisation.
  • Substantial knowledge of governance requirements in the public sector.
  • The skills and ability to communicate clearly and convincingly.

The successful candidate must abide by the Nolan Principles of Public Service (Listed as Annex B and will be emailed to candidates once they have submitted an application).

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working with organisations in central government.
  • Knowledge of the impact of devolution on the delivery of government services.
  • Knowledge of the livestock sector.
  • Accountancy qualification

Time Commitment and Remuneration

A non-pensionable remuneration of £350 per day is payable based on a minimum time commitment of 1 to 2 days per month. The overall time commitment is to include business of LI Ltd and includes preparation for and attendance at meetings with the potential for occasional travel, noting Committee meetings are held virtually. The remuneration will be split into equal monthly payments. Reasonable travel expenses are also paid, where appropriate.

Period of Appointment

The post is currently vacant, and we will therefore be looking for the successful candidate to take up the as soon as possible. The previous postholder is now Committee Chair.  The appointment will initially be for two years from the commencement date. An extension of the appointment may be made for a further two years subject to satisfactory performance assessment and will be at the discretion of the Company’s Board.

Annual Appraisal

Committee members are subject to an annual appraisal by the Chair of the Committee.

Application and Interview Process

The Assessment Panel will be chaired by Kevin Roberts (Committee Chair), Ian Hewett (Managing Director of LI Ltd) and Shendi Keshet (Finance Director).

At the Shortlist meeting, the panel will assess each application against the essential criteria and decide who to invite to the final interview stages. We anticipate this will be within two weeks of the application closing date.

Interviews are expected to take place remotely via MS TEAMS and should last for approximately 1 hour. Further details about the format will be provided to you in advance.

Please note, if we receive a large volume of applications, the process may include an initial telephone screening call with the Talent team.

To apply for this role, you will need to provide:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4.
  • A supporting statement (2 A4 pages/max 1000 words please) clearly demonstrating how you meet each of the essential criteria by referring to the contents of this advert. (please copy this into the Cover Letter section on the application form)

There is also a conflicts of interest, conduct and political activity monitoring form which will need to be completed by shortlisted candidates. (please note the section on conflicts of interest and due diligence below)

For any queries relating to this role please contact Laura Lewis, Senior Talent Specialist via email – laura.lewis@livestockinformation.org.uk

If we need to make a reasonable adjustment so that you can complete your application, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing laura.lewis@livestockinformation.org.uk before the closing date to discuss your needs.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on 12th April 2024.

Ineligibility Criteria

You cannot be considered for this appointment if:

  • you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with creditors.
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programmed under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
  • you have been convicted of a criminal offence; the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53).
  • you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order.
  • you fail to declare any conflict of interest.

 Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of LI Ltd which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further, please contact Laura Lewis at the email address referenced above.

If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued or cause embarrassment, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Assessment Panel, and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview.

Benefits

Diversity statement

At Livestock Information, we value diversity and believe that every individual brings different strengths. We understand that not everyone may possess every single skill outlined in this job description, but if you believe you have a solid skill set that enables you to excel in this position then we really encourage you to apply.

Disclaimer

 Livestock Information Ltd. cannot sponsor work visas at this time.

Livestock Information Ltd. Does not discriminate based on race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

 Livestock Information Ltd. Does not accept unsolicited CVs from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited CV’s not originating directly from a candidate and sent to Livestock Information Ltd or any Livestock Information Ltd employees, including unsolicited CVs sent to a Livestock Information Ltd mailing address or email address, are rejected. Livestock Information Ltd will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited CV. Livestock Information Ltd considers any candidate for whom the recruiter has submitted an unsolicited CV referred by the company free of any fees.