An independent Non-Executive, Chair of the Audit is required for CEME, the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence.  CEME are a registered charity contributing to the regeneration of the Thames Gateway region, creating prosperity and jobs, their main Campus is based in Rainham, East London.

CEME’s exists to inspire business growth in areas of regeneration.  They do this by developing successful commercial hubs through collaborative partnerships leading to the creation of job skills and business opportunities in the communities they serve.

Over the past 17 years, CEME has supported its customers with over 3,500 new jobs alongside many thousands of residents from London and Essex being trained in new skills for new careers and progress.

At the East London Campus CEME offer start up and early-stage growth companies high quality fully serviced office and technical workshop accommodation.  They work closely with their customers to provide networking and support activities to enable them to grow, faster than was thought possible.

So far CEME have helped over 100 SMEs access finance for growth, over 3,500 jobs created and over 500 engineering apprenticeships delivered.

CEME want to help upskill the next generation of engineers, manufacturers, and technicians.  They have collaborated with several partners including, Ford, London Borough of Havering, University College London, and The Manufacturer Magazine.

Business Strategy

CEME is focussed on delivering the following strategic priorities:

  • Catalyst for Economic Regeneration
  • Accelerator for green technology
  • Champion inclusive business growth

Businesses located At CEME Campus grow faster, research shows the outcome leads to increased GDP and diversity, personal wellbeing and reduced economic inequality for direct and indirect employees throughout the local boroughs.

Social Value

CEME will focus on skills development; increased higher level qualifications, apprenticeships, and trainees.  This will lead to increased employment, enterprise and skills opportunities accessed and secured by local people, particularly those who are underrepresented and from disadvantaged groups. Recent analysis shows the social return on investments is a ratio of around 4:1 meaning that £4 of social and economic value is created for every £1 invested.

Non-Executive Director / Chair of the Audit Requirements

  • Ideally a qualified Accountant with experience of an Audit Committee
  • Passionate about and committed to supporting regeneration in East London and surrounding areas
  • Can actively contribute to CEME’s culture, vision, and strategy
  • CEME encourage applications from a range of backgrounds and experience from the engineering & manufacturing sectors and beyond


The Chair of the Audit will be required to attend 4 scheduled Board meetings and 4 scheduled Audit Committee meetings. There is likely to be a commitment of ½ day per month liaising with the Director of Finance. Travel expenses to and from meetings are provided plus a fee of £500 for the Chair of Audit for attending Audit Committee meetings.

 Applying for the role

Candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to apply for the role having first registered their CV with First Flight Non-Executive Directors (if they have not already done so – there is no charge) and then by using our “Apply for Role” tab for role no: 1189 and completing the application form explaining how you match the key criteria that we have set out for the role.

Closing date for applications: 9th February 2023


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