Governance Manager

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our growing organisation and ensure that we are governed in a fair and transparent way.  You will lead the development of the governance work plan to manage the board’s work programme. 

You will have previous experience of working at a senior level to either a board, committee or an executive team, and in shaping and supporting their work. 

Social Work England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education, overseen by both the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care. Our board is our governing body and holds the executive team to account. The board is responsible for overseeing the full range of our regulatory functions and ensures effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.  

What will you do?

  • Effectively plan and organise board meetings and agendas over a calendar year. 
  • Produce agendas and papers for the board, executive leadership team (ELT) and any committees or working groups.
  • Plan and circulate papers in a timely manner and in a consistent style. 
  • Ensure the smooth management of all meetings including public and private sessions of the board. 
  • Produce timely and accurate minutes of meetings, securing the sign off by the appropriate director and chair. 
  • Accurately capture and follow up actions from all meetings, ensuring that colleagues are made aware in good time of decisions that require action and that the progress of actions is monitored and updated. 
  • Provide appropriate briefings and procedural advice for board chairs and members before, during and after meetings in relation to agenda’s and matters arising from the previous minutes. 
  • Work with the Executive Director of Legal to ensure relevant legislation is prepared or updated.  
  • Promote governance best practice by training colleagues on the drafting of papers and meeting minutes to ensure development of an effective ‘in-house’ style. 
  • Ensure that all relevant sections of the website and intranet are kept up to date in relation to governance functions. 
  • Create and maintain a full record of documents and decisions made by the board
  • Devise and maintain processes to secure board/committee member feedback and to act on feedback to ensure suitable improvements to services are made as required.
  • Advise all colleagues including the board on corporate governance matters.
  • Arrange, facilitate and take an active part in the induction for board, committee and ELT members.
  • Ensure the organisation has an effective corporate records function including and up to date and accessible policy library.

What are we looking for?

  • The ability to identify, understand and clearly explain principles of good governance and legislation.
  • Proven track record of a diplomatic approach and the confidence to liaise with colleagues at all levels.
  • An ability to act with integrity and discretion when handling confidential and sensitive information.
  • Excellent written communication skills for agenda, minute and report writing, proofreading documents and drafting general correspondence.   
  • The ability to present information on complex issues clearly and succinctly for a range of different audiences. 
  • A track record of arranging and preparing senior level/executive meetings, including the preparation and timely circulation of agendas, decisions and other board papers.  
  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritise several work projects simultaneously. 
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills and the ability to manage several different tasks while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.  
  • A strong team player, capable of developing effective relationships at all levels within our organisation.  
  • A track record of respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to inclusion and diversity 
  • Membership of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators or other relevant professional qualification is desirable. 
  • Knowledge of governance within a public, third sector or regulatory organisation is desirable. 

How to apply

To apply, please email the application form and equality monitoring form by midday on Monday 22 July 2019 to

Selection process

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. That evidence should address the criteria in the person specification and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. Please note it will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.


Interviews will take place Tuesday 30 July 2019 in Sheffield.

Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:

  1. Leading the way – takes personal ownership of work and career development.
  2. Working as one team – works supportively with others and builds strong relationships.
  3. Being a business – plans work to ensure best use of time and highest quality service. 
  4. Embracing change – leads change by communicating clearly and encouraging discussion.

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.


If you would like to talk to someone about this role or have any queries, please contact

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£37,00037000 (increasing to £39,000 pro-rata on successful completion of a six-month probation period. )


Sheffield UK

Job type


Working pattern

Part time - three days a week

Closing date

22/07/2019 12:00 pm

Annual leave

25 days a year leave rising each year to a maximum of 30 plus 8 bank holidays pro-rata

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