Director of Governance

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Activate learning has been through an exciting and a transformational journey in the past 2 years, going through a period of exciting growth.  We are looking for an inspiring and driven individual who will join us as Director of Governance. 

 We are a people organisation, so, above all, the post holder will need to be charismatic and engaging, providing advisory and operational administrative support to the Corporation, subsidiary boards, the CEO and the Group Executive Team, to ensure excellence in governance policy and practice, and building enduring and effective relationships.

You will lead a small team and support the Group Executive Team and the Board of Governors to develop the post-merger strategic plan for the coming 5 years.  This is a key role in the organisation responsible for supporting the governing body to be in a strong position to move the business forward.

The post holder shall have responsibility for supporting and overseeing the governance, policy, legal and data protection compliance environment of the organisation. Through persuasive communication and impactful influencing you will ensure that compliance and best practice is embedded into corporate culture and that the organisation meets its obligations in this regard in an effective and efficient manner. You will also have oversight of internal audit arrangements, ensuring an effective audit service which drives operational and compliance improvements and demonstrates value for money.

Full details of duties and responsibilities can be found as part of the job description.

This is a permanent, full time role based at our Oxford Campus, please state your salary expectations on your application form.


What do you need to be successful in this role? 

You will be eloquent and able to communicate clearly and confidently, with discretion, empathy and sensitivity to a wide range of stakeholders at all levels and provide accurate and concise advice and clear and informed recommendations. You will be able to influence stakeholders in a manner consistent with our values, and drive change through consultation and collaboration. You will convey messages in a compelling and informative way and be an independent thinker who can nurture and develop relationships effectively.

You will bring relevant experience of working in an operational Governance, Clerk or Company Secretary role, together with a sound working knowledge of statutory and constitutional matters, legislation relating to data, contracts, and corporate governance. 

All corporate Governance backgrounds will be considered although if you have had exposure or understanding of working in education or more specifically Further Education, that would bring advantages.   

Managing the team will be key to the success of this role.  You will manage a highly competent team comprising a Compliance Officer, a Compliance Administrator, and an Executive Assistant. You will be experienced in fostering a culture of coaching and ongoing development to promote excellence.


What are the benefits of working in this team? 

This is a pivotal role in an organisation that is committed to promoting change. You will work in a supportive team where you will have the autonomy to work flexibly to manage your time within an open and friendly culture. The team are a close-knit supportive team that are advocates of change and transformation and are continuing working on ways to drive the business forward. 


What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning?

Activate Learning – why us? At Activate Learning we are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our Learning Philosophy. Our student experience is the result of our attention to detail in recruiting, developing, and retaining the right staff who match and promote the values and behaviours of our brand. Our employee experience is a vital part of this process.

Our award-winning Learning Philosophy has driven new models of applied learning and inspires transformation and aspirations across our employees to make a difference. Generous annual leave entitlements, access to training and development, travel subsidies – bus and train, cycle scheme, onsite parking (first come first served), plenty of public transport options for all sites, discounted membership to the Lifestyle Centre (on some campuses) and Employee Assistance Programme.

 Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis.  You will invited to complete a video interview as part of the process if you match the selection criteria. If you are successful at this stage we will have an interview day where there will be a number of tasks and meetings with relevant stakeholders within the business.

Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.  

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK. 

Applications are encouraged from all candidates meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for the role regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race, religion or ethnicity. 

Activate Learning are committed to employing people with disabilities and will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. If you require any reasonable adjustments either at application or interview stage please contact the talent team directly. 

If an agency submits an unsolicited CV to any partner or employee of our company, you should be aware that they have no authority to enter into an arrangement with you. Should we require recruitment agency involvement, we will contact the agencies on our preferred suppliers list, and we would ask that you respect the relationships we have already built with these suppliers. 

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