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Governance Manager


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Your new organisation

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, a registered charity, was newly formed in September 2009, after growing and evolving from its origins as a dockyard museum in 1911. It is one of the few national museums located outside London, with sites across the UK. The National Museum is a unique, fast paced organisation, with a diverse income stream and an innovative and project focused approach. The organisation has a simple Vision, to be the world's most inspiring naval museum.

Your new role

This is a varied and interesting opportunity for a Governance professional, requiring excellent people skills, attention to detail and a broad background in Governance and Compliance.

The Governance Manager will understand the governance of complex organisations and charities and be confident in supporting and coordinating all company secretarial matters. This is a standalone role and therefore will require a hands-on and proactive approach across a range of governance activities.

As the organisation's Governance specialist, this role supports and works closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Trustees, requiring a broad knowledge base and outstanding organisation and administrative skills to deliver efficient business support services to a range of boards and committees. Responsibilities will include: statutory records and returns; maintaining a repository of key legal documents and contracts; board and committee support; and coordination of risk management, business planning, insurance, data protection and other governance functions.

In your new role you will provide advice to the Boards on best practice and policy development in governance matters and lead in the application of professional standards relating to governance support to the Boards and committees.

You will also support the executive in:

  • Ensuring high quality papers with clear identification of risks and recommendations are submitted to all meetings
  • Coordinating arrangements for the National Museum's governance and guiding/implementing and monitoring subsequent recommendations and actions to their conclusion
  • Supporting the Executive in ensuring statutory records, key legal documents and contracts are properly maintained including supporting with completion of statutory returns
  • Acting as subject-matter expert in cross-directorate project teams or working groups
  • Establishing and maintaining effective information systems and ensuring the recording and maintenance of proper and complete governance records for the National Museum Group
  • Creating and updating governance policies and plans and ensuring the appropriate training is in place to support their delivery. Leading investigations on governance policy breaches, particularly in relation to matters around allegations of data protection breaches and/or fraud or corruption
  • Maintaining accurate records of governance recommendations and actions and reporting on these to their conclusion
  • Supporting in the delivery of audits, evaluations and reporting to external bodies (such as MOD, internal and external auditors, charity commission, etc.)
  • Ensuring all information systems are operated in accordance with NMRN policy and procedures and comply with the General Data Protection regulations (GDPR)

What you will need to succeed

You will need a real interest in the National Museum and its charitable and commercial aims and its values, supporting the Executive to achieve team and strategic objectives and ensure the National Museum's collections are safeguarded for future generations.

To do this you will need:

  • Outstanding communication, relationship-building and influencing skills: working with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds and internally with colleagues across multiple teams, guiding and informing on governance matters. Also developing excellent relationships with outside partners and professional bodies (such as Ministry of Defence, internal and external auditors, insurance brokers and solicitors)
  • A background in Governance Management within a fast-paced and changing organisation and knowledge of legislation, standards, best practice and developments relating to business and governance requirements
  • Previous experience of planning and coordinating effective meetings, following up on meeting actions to ensure outcomes are progressed
  • Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping - clear forward plans, agendas, minutes and action points for the Boards and their committees and other project teams.
  • Commercial awareness, with the abilit

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