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Corporate Governance Manager

The position of Corporate Governance Manager is a key role with a variety of responsibilities and activities, as well as interactions with a wide range of stakeholders both within the team, the membership, and the wider community.

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Salary: £40-50k pro rata 

Hours: 21 hours per week (3 days) 

Reporting to: Chief Executive 

Location: London HQ (usually for 2 days of the week) / Home 

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is a pioneer in responding to the threat of climate change. We support engineers in finding innovative ways to make buildings perform for individuals, the community and the planet. As a leading professional engineering institution, CIBSE has over 22,000 members across 95 countries. Our membership is diverse and comprises a broad range of specialisms. CIBSE consults the government on construction, engineering, and sustainability, providing the resources needed to meet net zero targets in the UK, Europe and worldwide. 

We are committed to supporting engineers and the vital role they play in creating a safe, sustainable future.   

Purpose of the role 

The position of Corporate Governance Manager is a key and central one within our organisation with a variety of responsibilities and activities, as well as interactions with a wide range of stakeholders both within the team, the membership, and the wider community. For many, the Corporate Governance Manager will be the go-to person within CIBSE and so we are looking for someone who can combine experience, gravitas, and diplomacy with energy, excitement, and a hunger to ensure the smooth running of our governance structure. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Corporate Governance Manager will be responsible for Governance compliance and secretariat including the operation of the Board and its sub-committees, Council and the Nominations Panel, filing of charity and company returns, and GDPR. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Oversee the operations of the Board, Trustees and Committees and ensure the effective implementation of CIBSE’s governance processes, as well as providing advice and support as necessary.
  • Manage the schedules of business including training, development activity and formal meetings of the CIBSE Board (such as the Board Away-Day, CIBSE Council, and Annual General Meetings of the Institution), including agenda preparation, meeting organisation, and minute taking.
  • Oversee the operations of the Board and Committees and ensure the quality assurance and effective implementation of CIBSE’s governance processes.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance in the development of policies and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance with the principles of good governance. Safeguard the integrity of our governing documents and internal policies and ensure appropriate governance and policy information is accurately published on the Group's website.
  • Manage the Institution’s Nominations Panel and processes including awards and appointments.
  • Act as Company Secretary and ensure compliance with all governance requirements including the Annual Return to the Charity Commission, Company Returns for subsidiaries, and manage liaison with the Privy Council Office and Charity Commission, as required.
  • Act as the Institution’s Data Protection Manager in respect of GDPR requirements.
  • Advise on corporate, legislative and compliance matters, including risk, insurance, and filing of charity and company returns.
  • Actively engage with Executive, Board and Committee Members and build/maintain strong and positive relationships.
  • The day-to-day running of the Benevolent Fund.

Skills, experience, and qualifications 

  • Educated to degree level
  • Relevant professional qualifications (desirable but not essential)
  • Proven experience of working in a relevant role within a charitable or membership organisation
  • Experience of working in a body incorporated by Royal Charter (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience in governance and planning, preparation and timely issue and publication of agendas, reports, supporting papers, and minutes for senior meetings
  • Knowledge of governance requirements relating to bodies incorporated by Royal Charter and Registered Charities
  • A forensic level of attention to detail, coupled with the ability to question, challenge, and improve long-standing structures, beliefs, and policies
  • Outstanding communication skills and powerful credentials in being hyper-efficient, knowledgeable, and well organised
  • A high level of confidentiality, integrity, and flexibility
  • A zealous approach to delivering within deadlines and an ability to manage their own workload and work under their own initiative