Head of Governance & Director's Office

The Director’s office within RBG Kew supports and manages our corporate governance and supports Kew’s Director, Board of Trustees and Committees. We are both a charity and a public body governed by a Board of Trustees, as established by the National Heritage Act 1983; we are accountable to the Chairman and to the Board of Trustees who have overall responsibility for RBG Kew. Kew has ambitious plans and this is a great time to join a dedicated and highly effective team as we continue to work towards reaching our goals and objectives.

The outcomes of your role will have a great impact across Kew, and your responsibilities include providing direct support to the Director and Trustees, with responsibilities at a strategic and impactful level.

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Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.

We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them. We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

Your main focus will be to uphold and advise on good governance, including oversight of our Board and Committees, you will be responsible for the scheduling of major business through our decision making process, ensuring good governance and transparency, and you will act as the lead for governance with Defra and its related frameworks. You will take responsibility for internal controls by providing assurances to the Accounting Officer, senior management, the Audit and Risk Committee and other stakeholders and lead in the management and development of the Director’s Office Team, including objective setting and operational planning.

Your ability to think and act strategically at a consistently high level, and to make effective decisions at pace to ensure a high-quality service are essential and you will be educated to degree level, ideally with part or full ICSA qualifications. You will have significant experience in corporate governance, reporting and internal control, preferably in the public or not for profit space, and be a collaborative, credible leader supporting our Trustees and senior management.

We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential role criteria.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 18/08/2019


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