The performance and audit committee advises national Council and the organisation's accounting office on matters of internal and external audit. It also monitors and provides advice on the performance of the organisation.
The committee scrutinises the internal and external financial statements 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 the Council's internal control system.
The committee decides the scope and remit of internal audit work and advises on the long-term audit programme. It reviews the corporate risk register to monitor the overall risk management process. The committee also formally receives and reviews the annual health and safety report and reports on the use of the Arts Council seal.
The committee meets four to five times a year.
In addition to at least four members of the Council, up to three expert independent members may sit on the committee.
Anil Ruia OBE : Chair
Anil Ruia is a company director who has a strong background in culture and sport in the north west region and also in supporting the region through his business and skills experience. He was formerly Chair of the Commonwealth Film Festival, Director of M2002 Ltd (Commonwealth Games), a board member of the Northwest Cultural Consortium and trustee of the National Museums Liverpool. In the business and skills area, he is a former board member of the Northwest Regional Skills Partnership, a former board member of Northwest Development Agency, past President of Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of Knowledge Capital, Manchester. He currently chairs the Governing Body of the University of Manchester and is a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He also served as a magistrate at the Manchester City Magistrates Court for 20 years.