Assistant Company Secretary

Be First is a pioneering urban regeneration company wholly owned by, but operating independently from, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). Our mission is to capitalise on the borough’s position as London’s best investment and development opportunity to accelerate growth, so no one is left behind.

Since 2017, when the company started, we are now under construction on 11 sites. By 1 April 21, our ambition is to have 2200 units under construction, for the benefit of the borough’s residents, over 75% of which will be socially rented. In addition, we have a commercial team who acquire and develop sites not owned by the borough but will accelerate the regeneration in the area.

Be First is therefore becoming a significant developer, employing in excess of 110 staff, across design, development, construction and planning. You will therefore be joining a dynamic team that works at pace with professionalism and a real pride in what they do.

In addition to Be First, LBBD has a series of arms-length subsidiaries including the Reside Group and B&D Energy.  A model of robust collaborative governance arrangements will underpin the delivery of each organisation’s individual objectives within the Council’s overarching ambitious strategy

Job Summary

We are looking for an Assistant Company Secretary who, either has or is actively considering studying towards ICSA or equivalent professional qualification. The successful applicant will be joining a company that understands it mission, works with real determination and empathy to benefit the residents of the borough. In addition, the applicant will support the Company Secretary to deliver a dynamic shared company secretarial service to ensure that Be First, the Reside Group and B&D Energy maintain high governance standards to underpin the ambitious plans to transform the Borough.

The role requires engagement and collaboration with a range of stakeholders including the Boards and committees, Senior Management teams, internal and external Auditors, professional advisors and external bodies such as Companies House, the Regulator of Social housing and the Information Commissioners Office. 

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