Purpose of committee
The Audit Committee is a key component of the Council’s governance framework. Its purpose is to provide an independent and high-level focus on the adequacy of governance, risk and control arrangements. The Committee’s role in ensuring that there is sufficient assurance over governance risk and control gives greater confidence to all those charged with governance that those arrangements are effective. The Audit Committee has oversight of both internal and external audit together with the financial and governance reports, helping to ensure that there are adequate arrangements in place for both internal challenge and public accountability.
The membership of the committee comprises 13 Somerset Council members (with voting rights) and up to 2 independent co-opted members (no voting rights).
- Michelle Brooks (Secretary)
- Councillor Mike Hewitson (Chair)
- Councillor Andy Sully (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor Steve Ashton
- Councillor Lee Baker
- Councillor Simon Carswell
- Councillor Mike Caswell
- Councillor Norman Cavill
- Councillor Mandy Chilcott
- Councillor Simon Coles
- Councillor Shane Collins
- Councillor Habib Farbahi
- Councillor Tim Kerley
- Lindy Jansen Van Vuuren independent co-opted member
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