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Band 8a Manager of Corporate Affairs - Bath NHS House

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a great opportunity for an experienced Corporate Governance and Administration person to make a difference within the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Autism trust, taking a proactive role in ensuring that we continue to improve and maintain our corporate governance that ultimately serve our community, people who use our services and the people who care for them. The successful candidate will support the Associate Director of Corporate and Affairs and Company secretary ensuring the smooth running of the Trust's formal governance arrangements at Board and Committee level. Working with and to Deputy Chief Executive they will ensure that the Corporate Affairs of the Trust are conducted smoothly and efficiently.

Main duties of the job

To thrive as our Lead for Corporate Affairs and Administration we anticipate that you will be drawing on extensive experience in demanding governance and administration roles and will be effective at managing a very busy and extensive portfolio of work. We are looking for you to have the confidence to work autonomously and, above all else, to be a credible and knowledgeable in corporate affairs, someone who is keen to really understand our governance and those within an integrated systems we work within.

This is a role with a significant amount of engagement and interaction with members of the Board, senior managers, system partners and directorates across the organisation. To support and deputise on behalf of the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary and responsible for the effective and efficient management of the administration and business of the Board and its committees and for the effective and efficient management of the flow of information, efficient management monitoring and implementation of national policies and practices, support the formulation of long term strategic plans and to do so as part of a wider distributed administrative function.

Provisional interview date - 15th August 2024

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust):a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To work with the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary (AD of CA and CA) and the Trusts senior leadership to develop and lead on the delivery of the Trusts governance which will support the delivery of the Trusts strategy and vision for the future and links with other to improve communications and engagement with internal and external stakeholders.

2. To be responsible for supporting and delivering the overarching governance arrangements in the Trust.

3. To deputise for the AD of CA and CS provide high quality advice to senior leaders on governance arrangements including:

Corporate advice on governance

Administration management

Information flow management

4. The job holder will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of the business of the Trust Board and its committees. Providing and maintaining excellent corporate governance procedures covering the business of the Trust Board and the Board Committees.

5. In the absence of the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary provide advice to the Board and Board Committees on the management arrangement of the meetings and the governance flows

6. Maintain an effective and efficient system of management that supports all administrations staff within the corporate governance directorate. Lead the management of all administration staff within the corporate governance directorate.

7. To oversee and be responsible for the Chief Executives Office and all the duties required to ensure the Chair, CEO and DECO have appropriate administrative support

8. Lead and ensure the duties undertaken by the Corporate Affairs Team and associated teams are done to statutory and Quality Improvement standards e.g. FOI, Risk

9. Coordinate and facilitate the delegated administration support in preparation, presenting and distribution and follow up of all administrative related Trust Board and Sub Board committees

10. Lead and support the co-ordination of the Board to floor Trust Board executive and non-executive directors to ensure equity of provision and reports and to collate the information for sharing with the Nursing and Quality Directorate

11. Work with other directors and divisions to ensure there is a consistency of understanding thegovernance flows

12. Provide independent and impartial advice and support to the Chair and NEDs as directed by theDeputy Chief Executive and the ADCS& CA.

13. Support the ADCS& CA in the provision of information related to compliance with legislation including the Code of Governance and Provider Licence. Support the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary in the review of Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions and Scheme of Delegation.

14. Providing specialist advice to the Board of Directors and all staff on corporate governancematters including assessing and recommending courses of action involving complex governanceissues.

15. Providing and receiving highly complex, sensitive, and/or contentious information and utilisingcommunication, diplomacy, and negotiation to persuade the Board of Directors and seniorleaders within the Trust of the importance of governance programmes.

16. Presenting complex, sensitive and/or contentious information to large groups including at formalBoard-level committees and external meetings.

17. In collaboration with the ADCS& CA maintaining and updating the terms of reference and cyclesof business for the committees of the Board of Directors and the Partnership Board and its committees and groups.

18. To manage and have oversight of the day to day flow of information within the corporate governance arena, including information due for committees and board, agenda management,and report requirements.

19. To work with Directors and their direct reports to ensure information is provided to the corporatemeetings on a timely basis meeting the governance standards put in place.

20. The job holder will in conjunction with the ADCS& CS manage the performance and direction of the Corporate Affairs Team and will employ their highly developed and specialist knowledge ofgovernance in delivering the highest standards of corporate governance in the Trust, ensuringcompliance with the regulatory framework, the Provider Licence, relevant legislation. Supportthe Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary in the review of Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions and Scheme of Delegation.

21. The job holder will monitor and implement national policies and practices and will support theADCS& CA developing and advising on corporate strategy, change management, and business planning.

22. Challenge and manage poor financial management and poor use of any resources.

23. Ensure that your use of resources is in accordance with AWP Standing Orders and StandingFinancial Instructions.

24. Manage and support the Internal and External audit cycle and subsequent outcomes to effectivedelivery.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working with Trust Boards and board Committees.
  • Evidence of managing administration teams and leading and developing governance administration teams
  • Proven track record of leadership in governance
  • Proven ability to deputise at board director/senior management level



  • Professional qualification in healthcare governance in relevant and related subject or equivalent level of knowledge acquired through experience that equates to master's level

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bath NHS House

Newbridge Hill



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