London, Greater London
circa £50,000 per annum, pro rata
Part-time, Temporary, 6 month contract (potential to become permanent)
Job description

Somerset House Trust are seeking someone with professional governance experience to work with our Trustees and executive team to ensure the charity is run to high standards of governance, in accordance with our founding documents, external standards and good practice.

A key function of the role will be to act as an intermediary between the board and wider organisation, acquiring key information and driving good process to ensure governance processes deliver effective outcomes in support of the charity.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure the charity is run in line with our memorandum & articles, leading on any updates required to governing documents
  • Ensure the board and sub-committee terms of reference and delegations are clear, up to date and acted on
  • Proactively identify and act on opportunities to improve on board and governance effectiveness, including running the annual board review process (working with the Chairs of the Board and the Nominations and Governance committee)
  • Work with Chairs of the board and sub-committees and executive team to ensure effectiveness of board meetings - including scheduling governance meetings, developing meeting agendas, collating and issuing board packs, taking quality minutes and maintaining the actions log, following up on delivery.
  • Manage Trustee administration, including all processes for appointments, re-appointment and resignation, as well as effective induction and onboarding.
  • Ensure Trustee training is up to date and maintain awareness of changes in compliance regime
  • Manage the risk register process, ensuring registers are comprehensive, up to date, regularly reviewed and that actions are being delivered
  • Manage the policy register, ensuring all necessary policies are in place and that they are reviewed to schedule
  • Manage insurance, acting as key liaison for our broker, ensuring robust inputs to the renewal process, responding to insurer questions, ensuring the board is aware of developments and that proposals are presented for approval
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory submission and notification requirements


Skills and Experience

We are looking for someone who has:


  • Professional governance experience, with extensive knowledge and practical understanding of Company Law, Charity Law, and effective governance
  • Experience managing governance meetings, including scheduling, managing agendas, collating inputs, preparing and issuing required documentation and working with Chairs to ensure effective meeting outcomes
  • Experience taking accurate and meaningful minutes, identifying clear actions and following up on their progress
  • Some experience in managing insurance and risk management would be an advantage


  • Ability to translate governance requirements and best practise into practical actions appropriate to the organisation
  • Excellent organisational skills, able to manage competing priorities and accommodate changing deadlines.
  • A thorough and methodical approach to create and implement clear action plans for delivery
  • Excellent communication skills; able to convey information clearly and effectively


Contract Type: Part-time (2 days per week initially), 6-month contract (with potential to become permanent)
Salary: circa £50,000 pro rata
Application deadline: Wednesday 10 November, 10.00

Somerset House is open to all and we value the unique skills of everyone.  Somerset House Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to championing equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace, so if you’re a suitably qualified applicant we encourage your application whatever your age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Refreshed on: 02 November 2021
Closed date: 10 November 2021
Tags: Legal, Governance

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