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Board Secretary & Head of Corporate Governance

Job Description

We are working with an NHS organisation who are seeking to appoint an Interim Board Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance for a short term assignment. The role will be for 3 to 6 months initially and will be at Band 8c under the NHSI agency capped rates.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Support the development of effective system-wide corporate governance across the Trust;

  • Lead and develop a team, ensuring a comprehensive and efficient service is provided to Non Executive Directors, Executive Directors, Governors and senior managers;

  • Advise on complex governance issues, interpreting issues of policy, legislation and governance and recommending appropriate courses of action to the Chair and the Board;

  • Delivery of annual reviews of governance compliance and Board effectiveness;

  • Preparation of key reports to Audit Committee, Council of Governors and Board;

  • Keeping track of updates to corporate governance guidance and best practice, implementing change;

  • Maintenance of the Trust’s Constitution and other governance documentation;

  • Maintaining a digital repository of organisational memory;

  • Deliver coherence across the Trust’s Committees, ensuring that the right issues are addressed at the same time by the Committees and providing leadership to an effective secretariat;

  • Attend all Board meetings and Board development sessions to take minutes and follow up on actions;

  • Oversee and manage the Council of Governors’ workplans, setting agendas and supporting working groups;

  • Lead the Trust’s Membership Strategy and Governor elections;

  • Coordinate the preparation and publication of the Annual Report and Accounts.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualification or equivalent experience in governance or NHS management;

  • Experience of working effectively with multiple stakeholders;

  • Experience of working within a highly pressured, change-orientated environment;

  • Understanding of healthcare provision together with awareness of NHS policies and priorities;

  • Able to establish immediate credibility and good relationships with people at all levels within the organisation, from the Chair and Chief Executive to Non-Executive Directors and Governors, service users and carers as well as internal management and staff including clinicians and other professionals.

If you are interested in the role, please email Toni Coates with a copy of your updated CV to along with your availability and rate understanding in line with the above.

If you do not receive a response within 72 hours (3 working days) of receipt, please assume that on this particular occasion, your application did not meet the client’s requirements for this specific role.