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        Head of Governance

        Job number NT-HoG-C


        £45,000 - £60,000 (DOE)




        Legal & Governance



        Job Type


        Allen Lane are delighted to be working exclusively with the Royal British Legion Industries to appoint their new Head of Governance on a permanent basis.

        Main Purpose of the Role:

        Royal British Legion Industries Ltd. (RBLI) is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee.  The trustees of RBLI are therefore responsible for oversight of the organisation under both charity and company law.  They are they legal directors, as determined by company law and the Articles of Association.  The day to day running of RBLI is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).  This role, which reports to the Director of Governance, Compliance & Business Systems, supports the board of trustees and the SLT in all areas of governance.

        Overview of the Role & Team:

        RBLI is a diverse and complex organisation, with divisions that cover social care, property management, estates management, welfare and employment solutions, manufacturing, and marketing / fundraising.  There are also several support functions including people and culture, finance and performance, business systems, and risk and compliance.  This role is an essential part of the change process currently ongoing across RBLI.

        The team is overseen by the Director of Governance, Compliance and Business Systems.  Key working relationships include the board of trustees, the SLT, Assistant Directors, the Strategic Assistant, the wider Governance & Compliance Division, and the support functions.

        Your Key Responsibilities:


        • Oversight of all board and sub-committee meetings, ensuring there is an efficient and effective structure to achieve organisational objectives including the review and maintenance of all terms of reference.
        • Compliance with internal KPIs in relation to issue of board and sub-committee papers.
        • Oversight of all matters arising and actions.
        • Support the induction process for new trustees.
        • Support the board and committee effectiveness review.
        • Submission of all statutory returns.
        • Ensuring compliance with the Companies Act and the Charities Act.
        • Oversight of any governance related returns.
        • Oversight of key RBLI registers such as Declaration of Interests.
        • Oversee submission of documentation during the annual audit process.

        Company Secretarial:

        • Responsible for planning and managing the annual cycle of meetings for the board and sub-committees, including maintenance of the forward plans and agendas.
        • Taking minutes of the boards and sub-committees (shared responsibility).
        • Oversee the logistics for the meetings.
        • Responsible for planning the AGM

        Legal and Assurance:

        • Monitor compliance with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, proving advice to SLT and members of staff as necessary.
        • Oversight and communication of all compliance policies such as Conflicts of Interests and Gifts & Hospitality.
        • Supporting the Director of Governance, Compliance & Business Systems to deliver the assurance and compliance programmes.

        Risk Management:

        • Managing the insurance process in terms of:
        • Collating information in relation to claims
        • Submitting claims information
        • Supporting the Finance Team in the annual insurance renewal process

        Personal Attributes:

        • Excellent attention to detail and high degree of accuracy
        • Ability to work under own initiative and effectively prioritise work / balance competing demands
        • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
        • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

        Requirements for the Role:


        • Professional qualification in relevant area e.g. accountancy, governance, risk, legal
        • Extensive experience in a governance role within a charity or similar organisation
        • Experience of working closely with trustees, directors, and senior leadership
        • Extensive experience of minute taking
        • Advanced IT skills in areas such as Word, PowerPoint, Teams, Zoom, Outlook
        • Excellent organisational skills
        • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills


        • ICSA or similar qualification
        • Good understanding of Company Act requirements


        25 days annual leave + bank holidays, a Group Flexible Retirement Plan and Life Assurance.

        This role will be subject to a BASIC DBS check.

        Recruiting for this role:

        Niraj Thakkar

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