Group Company Secretary
Group Company Secretary for Bristol Holding Limited subsidiaries and other companies owned by Bristol City Council
About the companies
Bristol Energy is a sustainable energy company built with social value at its heart, on a journey to shape a new industry model for the supply of locally generated energy whilst delivering a legacy for the people of Bristol.
Bristol Waste is the City’s recycling, waste collection and street cleansing company, committed to working in partnership with the people and businesses of Bristol to create a better city for everyone, helping all communities and businesses recycle more, throw away less and waste nothing.
Goram Homes is an exciting start-up, established to increase the supply of housing in Bristol and deliver commercial returns back to Bristol City Council (BCC), by partnering with a private sector delivery partner.
Bristol Holding is the parent company of a number of BCC’s companies (including Bristol Energy and Bristol Waste). It provides financial, governance and other support services for other companies under Council ownership, outside of the group structure.
Whilst BCC’s suite of companies is varied in scale and purpose, they have critically important roles to play in Bristol’s ambitious plans with respect to housing, energy and smart city technology. Ensuring effective governance, assurance and compliance for these companies will be critical in ensuring their success.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Bristol Holding team. The team plays a pivotal role in joining up the governance activities of the wider family of BCC owned companies, in alignment with those of BCC (as ultimate shareholder), in order to support agile decision making and support the companies in achieving their business objectives.
As Group Company Secretary, you will play a critical role at the centre of the governance structure; working with the Managing Directors of the subsidiary companies to plan board meetings, track and schedule decisions, taking high quality minutes, and ensuring all meeting and company filing information is accurately documented and filed.
You will support the boards’ directors in ensuring compliance with respect to governance matters, company law or general regulatory compliance (not including specific industry regulation), providing necessary basic governance training and raising matters which may warrant the attention of the board.
Your work will provide a golden thread of structured administration, recording & statutory filing throughout the family of companies and a model of best practice which can be applied to new subsidiary companies which may be developed in the future.
In addition to the Managing Directors and Chairs of the boards that you will support, you will also work as part of the small team managing the activities of Bristol Holding. The expectation is that the Company Secretary will also work closely with the Shareholder Liaison function & Legal Officers within Bristol City Council to develop and maintain robust, seamless and agile decision making processes.
You are likely to already be working as a company secretary, or senior company secretarial assistant for a small group of organisations, or larger single entity.
You will need to have significant experience in all matters relating to the role including working with Executive and Non-Executive Directors, have the ability to work independently, and be self-motivated to ensure a seamless transition from the current company secretarial arrangements.
You’ll be the ‘go to’ subject matter expert on company secretarial matters, with access to additional legal support as required in the support of the company boards on more detailed legal matters which are ‘out of the ordinary’.
You’ll be a confident communicator, with good attention to detail, the ability to juggle competing deadlines and the motivation to complete those tasks that underpin business success. You’ll need to be able to build an effective network both at Board level and within each of the businesses you support in order to develop your understanding of the regulatory environments in which they operate and provide a high-quality responsive service to each of them.
The role operates within a fast-paced environment, which is constantly evolving. As a consequence, you’ll need to be flexible to deliver work simultaneously across multiple projects and businesses. Additionally, as this is a highly visible role, you will need to feel comfortable liaising with people across the businesses at all levels. You will require a high level of interpersonal sensitivity and ability to raise issues and promote good governance with diplomacy and tact.
Be part of something truly unique and of real value
You will be working with businesses leading on the forefront of innovation in the energy and technology sectors as well as assisting in the delivery of public services and real measurable outcomes for residents of Bristol.
Bristol City Council and its subsidiary companies are leading the way, in the local government sector, in the exploration of the commercialisation of services, assets and adopting entrepreneurial approaches in order to address market failure, increase the budgetary resilience of the council and deliver services in new and innovative ways for the benefit of residents and the most vulnerable in society.
If you have a passion and interest supporting entrepreneurial businesses which have a profit as well as a social purpose then please feel free to get in contact to find out more.
For more information on the businesses mentioned above please follow the link below.
Please upload your CV with a covering letter, outlining your skills and experience in meeting the person specification.
Closing date: 3 June 2019
Closing date: 3 June 2019