The Performance and Audit Committee advises National Council and the Accounting Officer on matters relating to risk, internal control, governance and performance management. It is responsible for reviewing the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances on governance, risk management, performance management, the control environment and the integrity of financial statements and the annual report.

The committee provides advice on the Arts Council's accounting policies, accounts and annual report to ensure they reflect best practice. It reviews and comments on reports by the National Audit Office, or the appointed external auditor, and evaluates the effectiveness of anti-fraud and bribery policies, whistleblowing processes, and arrangements for special investigations.

The committee decides the scope and remit of internal audit work and advises on the long-term audit programme. It assess and advises on how well the organisation’s performance management framework enables the Arts Council to manage and improve the delivery of its functions. The committee receives and reviews also formally the annual health and safety report.

The committee meets four times a year.

In addition to at least four members of the Council, up to three expert independent members may sit on the committee.

Current membership of the Performance and Audit committee is as follows: 

Members who are also members of the Arts Council

Independent members

David Carter

A chartered accountant by profession, David is a leading authority on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions work and a highly effective and personable business leader. David currently provides consulting and advisory services to companies including a North American animal health technology company for whom he has devised, and is implementing, strategies to expand in Europe, USA and South America.

He is also on the board of the Almeida Theatre, one of a portfolio of non-executive roles, and also acts as a mentor on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

Nicholas Humby 

Nick Humby is a chartered accountant who has worked as a finance director in a number of media and sports businesses over the last 25 years. He is currently Finance Director of the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body of British Tennis and was the finance director of Manchester United from 2002 to 2007.

He has been a non-executive director of a number of organisations including the Modern Times Group and the Ambassador Theatre Group where he also chaired the Audit Committee. He is currently an independent member of the Football Association Audit Committee and a trustee of the Richmond Theatre Trust. Nick is a keen theatre-goer and has been active in the staging of a number of amateur dramatic productions.

Christopher Yates

Christopher Yates is currently Deputy Director at the British Museum. where he previously served as Director of Administration since 2008. He has responsibility for strategic planning, finance, human resources, information systems, governance, legal support, fundraising, events, and a number of commercial activities. He joined the British Museum from the National Gallery where he worked for ten years, initially in the Finance Department and ultimately as the Director of Resources.

Christopher qualified as a chartered accountant at PWC (Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte) where he specialised in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.

He is a Trustee and the Treasurer of the House of Illustration and was a Trustee of ICOM UK (the International Council of Museums).