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Head of Governance

Role Overview

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Governance, lead and be accountable for the Governance team. Development and implementation of modern streamlined governance systems, structures and corporate services to facilitate high quality, cost-effective policy and decision-making to meet the needs of IOSH and its stakeholders and enable the organisation to fulfil its aims and objectives.

Role Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the smooth and efficient delivery of an effective, efficient, proactive and customer focused committee management service for key governance bodies, e.g. the Board of Trustees, Council, and other committees.
  • Oversee the conduct of elections and appointments ensuring sound processes for the election of President elect and Vice-President; ensure trustee and committee positions are successfully appointed to, in line with the relevant governance arrangements and best practice
  • Ensure the implementation of appropriate induction, performance evaluation and development processes and initiatives for the Board of Trustees and committees.
  • Responsible for the delivery of an effective and efficient quality assurance service. Working with training providers, further and higher education establishments around the world, the team accredits organisations to deliver IOSH approved courses and subsequently audits to ensure that they are meeting the expected standards.
  • To lead the development, implementation and continual review the effectiveness of corporate policies and governance processes which ensure that IOSH is compliant with all relevant statutory regulations, legislation and best practice. Ensure all changes to policies, procedures, projects and regulations are fully adhered to and embedded within the organisation.
  • Develop relevant KPI’s to achieve exacting standards of service and support. Making the best use of systems and technology in streamlining governance activities.
  • Lead on data protection issues for the organisation ensuring requirements are fully understood and complied.
  • To work collaboratively with all Council, Board of Trustees, Members, Chief Executive, Directors and other stakeholders on all constitutional and procedural, legal and governance matters. Providing appropriate input and advice, constructively challenging, where appropriate enabling the Board and Committee members to effectively and responsibly discharge their duties.
  • Using a risk based approach, manage the allocation of resource to ensure reputational risks are mitigated through effective operational processes.
  • Oversight of contractual and legal issues e.g. development and signing of all forms of contract, management of IOSH trademarks, ensuring that external professional legal advice is taken as appropriate
  • Oversee IOSH ethical practices, and ensure educational and professional standards are maintained through the management of the Code of Conduct, membership regulatory framework and in accordance with the Royal Charter, Byelaw, Regulations, and IOSH approved policies. Co-ordinate the declaration of interest process by trustees Council, and relevant committees ensuring probity at all times
  • Lead, motivate and develop staff encouraging creativity innovation and a “can do” flexible approach enabling them to provide membership/customer focused services to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responsible for the effective budget management, ensuring best use of resources and value for money.

The post holder is required to adhere at all times to IOSH’s corporate policies and procedures as an employee and where appropriate in their role as a line manager.

How we work – Core Values & Behaviours
All employees are required to conduct themselves in a way that is consistent with the values and behaviours set out in IOSH’s values and Behaviours Framework.

Person Requirements: measured by Application form (A), Interview (I), Test (T)

  • Commitment: We are committed to our vision and the work we do
  • Excellence: We aspire to excellence in all that we do
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and respect

Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and work across disciplines and departments to deliver on a shared objective (A & I)
  • Good oral and written communication skills, including drafting skills; able to communicate key concepts and messages clearly and in an engaging and influential way (I & A)
  • Strong political acumen with the ability to quickly establish credibility with other senior leaders, Trustees and Council Members and build productive relationships (A & I)
  • Able to exercise sound rationale, judgement, clear decision making and problem solving whilst working under pressure (A & I)
  • Ability to think strategically, create detailed plans and ensure their successful implementation (A & I)
  • Able to model strong senior leadership behaviour, and to inspire and motivate colleagues (A & I)
  • Adaptable and comfortable with change - willing to constructively challenge the status quo and offer alternative ways of working (A & I)
  • IT literate with experience of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook (A)
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills (A & I)
  • Lead, motivate and develop staff encouraging creativity, innovation and a “can do” flexible approach enabling them to provide membership/customer focused services to internal and external stakeholders (A & I)

  • Good understanding of the statutory regulations and relevant legislation relating to the governance of limited companies, Chartered bodies and regulated charities, or similar (A)
  • A detailed working knowledge of corporate governance (A)

  • Experience of a complex governance environment, working with boards, committees or similar membership or trustee groups (A & I)
  • Experience of working at a senior level advising senior managers and board members on corporate & legal affairs (A& I)
  • Experience of having contributed to significant organisational decisions changes and strategic initiatives (A& I)
  • A proven track record of motivating and leading a modern, agile, successful and efficient governance team by setting innovative, long term and business drive goals (A)

  • Qualification from the Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) or qualified solicitor (A)
  • Evidence of training and/or background in a senior corporate governance role (I)

How to apply:

To apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV and a 500-word narrative or covering letter to stating how you meet the requirements of the role.

Closing date: 18 January 2018
Interviews: There will be a two-stage interview process for this role.
- Telephone interview: 25 January 2018
- Panel interview: 31 January 2018

Further information can be seen: here

Reference number: HoG

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Job details

  • Direct client
  • Grade 1: £ 50,857.20 – £56,049.00
  • Permanent
  • Full Time

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