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Head of Governance

Girls' Learning Trust
SM3, Sutton (On-site)
England, United Kingdom
£52,116.0 - £57,201.0 per year
Full-time or part-time
Job description

The post will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, provide support for Trust Board (and associated subcommittees), and will work across the entire Trust to develop and deliver the highest standards of governance and compliance. It will also support and contribute to the work of the Executive Leadership Team of the Trust, which is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the organisation

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Ensuring good governance through policy development, coordination and support of the Board of Trustees , local governing bodies and other subcommittees, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Committee and meeting support, including servicing Trust Board and a range of other subcommittees.
  • Oversight of the recruitment and induction of trustees and governors.
  • Support to the CEO and other senior leaders with complaints, investigations and other formal hearings. 
  • Support the CEO in their role as Data Protection Officer for the trust, taking administrative responsibility for key duties as required.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have worked in the not-for-profit or education sector and have an understanding of the critical role that good governance can play in making an organisation impactful and effective.
  • Have an analytical approach to policy.
  • Have excellent communication and collaboration skills.

What we offer:

This is a new and exciting role for the Trust, as we move towards a new academic year with a new Chief Executive Officer, a new Executive Leadership Team structure, and the development of a new strategy. There is significant scope for impact and shaping our strategy in this area. We believe you would enjoy working with us and very much look forward to receiving your application.

Key Application Dates:

  • Vacancy closes on Sunday 23 June
  • First Stage (online MS Teams) Interview on Thursday 4 July
  • Second Stage (in person) Interview on Thursday 11 July
  • Start in August or September

Our commitment:

The Girls’ Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

As well as verification of identity, we ask all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure. In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance, we may also conduct an online search about any shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence to identify any matters that might relate directly to our legal duty to meet safeguarding duties in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a culturally diverse workforce, which reflects the nature of our communities.


We are not able to offer sponsorship to non-settled individuals for a Skilled Worker Visa.

Application resources
Refreshed on: 08 June 2024
Closing date: 23 June 2024 at 23:30
Job ref: B11929
Tags: Governance