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Associate Director of Corporate Governance

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£85,582 to £98,387 per annum (pro rata) including High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Part Time
The role of Associate Director of Corporate Governance (postholder) is a pivotal one within the Trust. The post holder will be responsible for providing leadership and mentoring to both the Head of Regulatory Compliance and Head of Corporate Governance. Both individuals are currently undertaking a structured training and development program to become Corporate Governance leads. This role is therefore to oversee and support these two individuals, providing expert advice and guidance when required on all aspects of corporate governance. The team will be responsible for the review of policy, legislative, regulatory and governance developments that impact on the Trust's activities and ensure that the Board and Governors are appropriately briefed on them.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will facilitate the functioning of the Trust's corporate business processes, supporting the Head of Corporate Governance and Head of Regulatory Compliance in carrying out their roles, acting as 'wise counsel', and providing a confidential source of advice on all aspects of Board and Governor business, including issues of concern.

The postholder will also act as the Company Secretary to the Corporate Trustee, the Governing body of the Royal Surrey Hospital Charity advising as to the relevant legal and statutory obligations and ensuring compliance with these.

The post reports to the Chief Executive and the Chair to support them in their respective roles in particular to ensure that the Trust acts in accordance with its statutory/regulatory duties and discharges its day-to-day business practices in accordance with corporate governance best practice.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find the full Job Description attached.

3.1 Leadership and Management
  • Provide effective leadership and direction to the Head of Corporate Governance and Head of Regulatory Compliance
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and professional support to the Corporate Governance Team. This includes providing constructive feedback, identifying training and development needs and identifying opportunities to gain new experiences.
  • Oversee the budgets of the Team, and for Board and Governors development, ensuring that a budget is set each year and that cost improvement programmes are delivered each year
  • Develop and adapt the role and responsibilities through time in line with Trust needs.

Provide support, through objective setting, appraisal and the agreement of personal development plans, to all direct reports and other senior staff as required.

3.2 Governance and Compliance

Ensure the Corporate Governance team provide expert, timely and accurate advice and support. In the execution of this responsibility, the Team will:
  • Provide independent expert advice and support to the Chief Executive, Chair, Board of Directors, and Council of Governors on all matters relating to statutory/legislative compliance and interpretation
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, Constitutional requirements and both statutory and local requirements and report on any areas of non-compliance
  • Monitor the Trusts governance arrangements and continually and proactively review external developments to ensure compliance with external governance frameworks and corporate governance best practice
  • Guide the Board of Directors in the responsible and effective conduct of its role, providing, where appropriate, a discreet, independent and challenging voice in relation to Board deliberations and decision making
  • Ensure that in all its dealings, the Board acts fairly, with integrity, and without prejudice or discrimination
  • Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that embodies the Nolan Principles and NHS Values and standards of behaviour
  • Ensure that due diligence is applied to all transactions
  • Ensure Standing Orders are in place, acted upon and reviewed as necessary, and in conjunction with the Director of Finance, ensure Standing Financial Instructions are similarly in place, reviewed and acted upon by the Board of Directors
  • Ensure that the Board/Council and their Committees are properly constituted and operate in accordance with their regulatory parameters
  • Provide advice on a wide-range of legal matters, including (but not restricted to) the Freedom of Information Act, the Human Rights Act, Health & Safety legislation, Information Governance legislation and legislation on Board liabilities
  • Commission and provide briefings for external legal advice where necessary to ensure the Board acts on good authority
  • Support the work of the ICS Provider Collaborative Committees in common
  • Assess governance implications of papers put to the Board of Directors and Council of Governors
  • Ensure all registers required by the Constitution or related legislation are established and maintained, and, along with any appropriate reports, make sure they are available for public inspection
  • Ensure the preparation and submission of all statutory annual returns is completed, including the annual report, annual accounts and annual governance statement, adhering to the prescribed timescales
  • Ensure all forward planning documentation is appropriately produced and submitted to the relevant regulatory bodies in accordance with the requisite timescales
  • Ensure that arrangements are in place for the safe custody and application of the common seal
  • Ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to ensure the Trusts framework of policies (clinical and non-clinical) is complete and complies with the Trusts policy for the production of policies, including the requirement that policies are reviewed regularly and are accessible via the intranet and elsewhere as appropriate
  • Support the Chair to ensure effective communication with the Council of Governors
  • Support the Chair, Chief Executive in ensuring that effective arrangements are in place for the Council of Governors to communicate and engage effectively with members and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure legal and constitutionally compliant arrangements for elections to the Council of Governors and the appointment of Stakeholder Governors overseeing the process for resignations and replacements between elections
  • Advise the Council of Governors on the discharge of its statutory functions, including the appointment/reappointment Non-Executive Directors and the Trusts Auditors.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level qualification or significant/extensive experience/knowledge required.
  • Qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), or working towards such qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development and experience in this role


  • Project management knowledge (such as PRINCE II) or equivalent



  • Previous relevant experience in a Board level Company Secretary/ Corporate Governance role
  • Experience of working within an organisation under public and political scrutiny
  • Significant experience of Board and corporate governance systems and processes



  • Able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of corporate governance conduct principles, legislation and best practice and able to evidence application of this knowledge in a complex organisation


  • Comprehensive understanding of the NHS and its infrastructure, the role of NHS Foundation Trusts and the regulation thereof

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey

Egerton Road



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