Head of Governance

Head of Governance

Job Title: Head of Governance
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH21948_1644245469
Contact Name: Leena Myers
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 07, 2022 14:51

Job Description

Commercial, ambitious company dedicated to providing essential business services to overseas companies is looking to enter, grow & scale in the UK. This growing firm is seeking a Head of Governance to join & lead the Governance Team, based in central London.

The role is challenging and varied and needs a confident, self-motivated person with great organisational skills and attention to detail. Reporting into the CEO, you will be responsible for the Governance Team. Your responsibilities will extend to coordinating work across departments within the company. The Governance Team instils Corporate Governance best practices and helps our client companies comply with their obligations under Company Law & other regulations, thereby enabling them to concentrate on their core business activities.

The role holder will also be a member of the Senior Management Team and will be duly appointed as named Company Secretary to the firm.


*Running the Governance Department, responsible for its performance and the services offered to clients.
*Delivering effective and efficient Company Secretarial services across the firm and its clients.
*Named Company Secretary and authorised signatory for the organisation
*Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer.
*Ensuring full compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Regulations.
*Along with CEO and Development Director, being a signatory on clients Bank Accounts.
*Establishing and maintaining relationships with clients from various jurisdictions and sectors.
*Coordinating and submitting Sponsorship Licences with the Home Office.
*Drafting and implementing policies and procedures.
*Assisting in significant corporate projects.
*Responsibility for dealing with external advisors / service providers, including Lawyers, Accountants, Tax Advisors and Registrars as required.
*Supporting the close working relationships cross departments within the company.
*Represent the department & business at networking events.
*Coordinating and assisting with the following:
oSetting up new companies, bank account opening, registering for VAT, ICO registration and Health & Safety.
oEnsuring appropriate access to clients Bank Accounts, as well as maintain relationship with banks
oEvaluating and Brokering insurance needs for clients
oAttending Board Meetings, taking minutes and advising on Corporate Governance issues
oAdvising Directors on their duties and responsibilities and ensuring they are compliant with the statutes, constitutional documents and their company's internal governance policies
oAssisting with the UK aspects of corporate reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions, rationalisations, strike-offs
oAssisting with Employee Share Scheme matters
oArranging Know Your Client ("KYC") and People with Significant Control ("PSC") documentation and liaising with various providers, advisers and banks
oReviewing and maintaining Diligent Entities / internal corporate databases
oFiling all statutory documentation at Companies House.
*Keeping abreast of company secretarial best practice in Company Law and Governance, proposing, implementing and communicating changes, as necessary, within the Company and to Clients.

Key Internal Contacts: Governance Department and all Departments.

Key External Contacts: Working with Clients and Strategic Governance Partners and Advisors.


*Yearly objectives, both department and individual.
*Including quality of client and project delivery.
*3-2-1 Feedback from peers.

*5+ years' experience working within a company secretarial, governance or legal environment, preferably in professional services.
*Experience working with international clients / companies.
*Good technical experience of company secretarial practices and an in-dept knowledge of the Companies Act 2006, together with accompanying relevant regulations.

Excellent inter-personal skills and a customer-driven attitude.
Strong commitment to supporting junior staff develop.
Excellent organisational skills, ability to work to tight deadlines.
High work standards, including excellent attention to detail and strong prioritisation skills.
Ability to deal confidently with demanding situations, people and requirements.
Flexible and adaptive approach to work, ability to offer pragmatic advice.
Respects and enjoys the diversity of cultural, social and academic backgrounds found at the firm


ICSA Qualified, at a minimum ACIS / ACG Level.