In order to fulfill its commitment to accountability and best practice, the Assembly Commission appoints independent advisers. They are appointed for fixed terms following fair and open competition and only candidates with a breadth of expertise in the business, industry and other sectors are considered.
They are individuals with a wealth of boardroom, government and public sector experience, at the highest levels, to help the National Assembly meet its own high standards of good governance and efficient use of public money.
The role of the Independent Advisers
The Independent Advisers help to ensure that Commissioners and the Assembly’s senior management team are supported and constructively challenged in their roles. They give input into a number of the activities and service areas of the Assembly and participate in the meetings of the Commission, bringing with them an external perspective and independence from our management structure.
We draw on the Advisers’ expertise in a range of ways, including considering our performance management and reporting arrangements and in maintaining a critical overview of the Commission’s financial controls and risk management procedures as members of the Commission’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
Some are also members of the Remuneration Committee which advises the Commission and the Chief Executive on the Commission’s responsibilities for staff appraisal and remuneration policies and systems. As such, the Committee considers recommendations and proposals on the pay and reward strategy for the Executive team and for all staff of the Assembly Commission.
In addition to the Independent Advisers, a further independent member is also appointed to sit on the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.