Find your place with us and help change lives.
Hft is a national charity providing services for people with learning difficulties. We have over 3,000 staff supporting more than 2,500 people to live the best possible life. We provide support from just a couple of hours a week up to 24 hours a day.
At Hft our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic direction and effective management of Hft. The implementation of strategy and day-to-day running of Hft is managed by the Leadership Team who both share a common goal to ensure that Hft delivers the best support possible and continually looks for new ways to ensure that the people we support have every opportunity to live the best life possible.
We are a strong, values-led organisation, and to fulfil our mission we must continue to transform our services and how we operate as a charity. This is crucial so that we can meet the changing needs of the people we support, and also support more people with learning disabilities in the long-term. We recognise that to be financially sustainable we must strengthen our commercial skills, while maintaining our reputation for high quality care, fantastic staff training, and for providing a voice of reason on the critical issues facing social care.
Hft is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work. We strive to be an inclusive employer and to be recognised by our current and future workforce and the people we support as a truly inclusive organisation where everyone feels valued, included, and empowered.
About the role
The role of the Board Secretary is pivotal within Hft. You will be responsible for Hft’s corporate governance systems and processes and be a key individual to ensure we are safe and effective.
You will have responsibility for the development of a continuous cycle of improvement in good governance. Working with the Council Board and Board of Executives as a trusted adviser you will be developing reporting and assurance processes, good information flows between all Boards and Committees and helping Hft better develop its risk profile.
You will act as principal adviser to the Chair and Chief Executive and the corresponding Boards on all issues relating to corporate governance and the correct and proper conduct of business and meetings whilst understanding the part you play in achieving Hft’s strategy, organisational objectives and your personal accountabilities regarding the Governance and Quality Directorate plan.
You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and a member of ICSA. You will have advanced knowledge and understanding and practical application of regulatory compliance and corporate governance, with extensive knowledge of Board and Committee processes and meetings governance.
You will have significant experience advising a Board on matters of governance, compliance and best practice, with evidence of advanced organisational skills and the ability to produce forward plans and consistently meet deadlines.
You will be able to demonstrate competence and success in developing policy and procedures and competence in interpretation of complex legislation and regulations.
What we offer
With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in our teams to ensure they have the specialist skills they need.
- Access to the Hft Plus benefits package, which includes a great number of discounts and rewards across shops, restaurants, gym membership and days out; but also an Employee Assistance Programme, with telephone and face-to-face support options.
- Access to award winning training and development – Hft is one of only four charities to have achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ provider status
- Annual staff award scheme – The Fusion Awards, and peer recognition through our GEM awards programme
- 20 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays) increasing to 25 days after a year of employment (pro rata for part time staff)
- A contributory pension scheme & life assurance
Join us and help change lives.