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Head of Governance & Company Secretary

Head of Governance & Company Secretary

Location: North London, London Salary: £90000.00 per annum + benefits
Posted: 20 days ago Employment type: Permanent Sector: Company Secretarial Reference: BBBH15732_1493999798
Housing association require a qualified Company Secretary to have oversight of the governance function.

About the role:

*Provide strategic corporate governance advice and operational company secretarial support to both the board and the executive, establishing and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance at all times.
*Act as a conduit between the board and the executive work in order to facilitate effective working arrangements, whilst complying with best governance practice.
*ensure compliance with constitutional and regulatory requirements for the group legal entities.
*As the Company Secretary, provide governance advice and guidance to the board and the executive, ensuring that Metropolitan heeds governance legislation and best practice at all times. Guide on legal, constitutional matters, correct and proper conduct of business and meetings, arranging and briefing external legal advice where necessary to ensure the efficient and effective resolution of issues
*Assist the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive in fostering a collegiate way of working between the board, its committees and the executive. Provide advice on board / committee design and schemes of delegation
*Support the Chief Executive in fulfilling their corporate responsibility with respect to good governance and in maintaining the highest standards of prudence, propriety and regularity
*provide advice to the board and executive on skills criteria for board membership, identifying any gaps and supporting the recruitment, selection, induction and appraisal of board members. Advise on the retention and refreshment of skills as and when required
*Ensure that the Board and its Committees are properly constituted, operated and supported, according to standing orders and the regulatory framework
*Maintain oversight of the frequency and content of regulatory returns required by key funders, regulators and other stakeholders.
*Own the mechanisms used by the board and the executive to identify the key areas business risk. Manage the corporate risk register and ensure that all steps to mitigate risks are documented and continually updated
*Scrutinise and report to the Board all regulatory developments and assess the governance implications of papers put to the Board
*Build an effective business partnering relationship with board and executive colleagues to understand key governance issues and requirements for their functions, making suitable recommendations as and when necessary
*Lead the authoring and updating of a suite of corporate governance tools (e.g. internal governance codes and frameworks) that assist the Metropolitan with embedding and driving forward good governance at all times

Key experience and qualifications required :

*A corporate governance expert and professional company secretary. ICSA qualified, or equivalent.
*Fully conversant with commercial / UK Corporate Governance Code and commercial regulation
*Significant experience of operating at a senior management level, dispensing accurate and respected governance advice. Able to evidence experience of running a service function highly regarded by its stakeholders
*First class interpersonal skills, including discretion. Used to building credibility with senior figures and managing the relationships between executives and boards. Has the confidence to make impactful interventions at board meetings
*Experience of representing an organisation in front of regulators and external stakeholders
*Highly literate with first class written business English. A competent minute-taker of board meetings with meticulous organisational skills and attention to detail. Intermediate IT literacy
Impact
*Maintaining compliance with regulatory standards, FCA requirements, data protection legislation and relevant Codes of Governance and identifying any areas of non-compliance
*Acting as the conduit of information between the board and the executive and suggesting improvements to ways of working.
*Being prepared to intervene at Board meetings to offer advice on any issues or accountabilities of executive and non-executive members
*Ensuring that all Metropolitan's company registrations are in place and taking responsibility for ensuring that all Metropolitan Boards, Committees and AGMs are managed effectively
*Using own credibility with executive and non-executives to manage relationships and make impactful interventions at board meetings and executive team meetings.
*Being the in-house expert on governance best practice and using expertise to advise on governance matters
*Acting as the focal point for oversight of Whistleblowing issues, fraud and any data breaches and ensuring that relevant regulators are kept appraised of any relevant breaches or potential non-compliance

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