LTE Group, one of the UK’s largest education providers, seeks an experienced, innovative governance professional to join them as their new Deputy Company Secretary to support the delivery of a diverse range of vital governance practices.
Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2019, LTE Group is a family of five education and training providers, working together to help communities gain skills that will improve their life chances and grow their earning potential.
Across LTE Group we transform lives through the power of education and training, delivering further education (The Manchester College), higher education (UCEN Manchester), apprenticeships (Total People), professional development (MOL) and we work in prisons to help offenders turn their lives around (Novus).
Supporting over 100,000 people across England and Wales each year, the Group empowers our learners to achieve their full potential and reach their career goals.
LTE Group is one of the largest providers of education in the UK, and our provision spans a wide and diverse portfolio of education and training.
Given the scope and scale of our delivery, outstanding governance is vital if we are to continue delivering high-quality provision which leads to excellent outcomes for our learners, whilst continuing to remain compliant.
To ensure that our governance functions remain effective as we continue our organisational journey, we seek to appoint a new Deputy Company Secretary to our Governance & Legal team who can support us in further developing our processes — ensuring our governance cycles run smoothly and ultimately ensure we continue to offer an outstanding governance service across our Group.
This role, offered on a fixed term for 18 months on a 0.8 FTE contract, will bring further essential capacity to our Governance & Legal team.
The successful candidate, answering directly to our Company Secretary & General Counsel, Lorna Lloyd-Williams, will have responsibility for leading the smooth running of our governance operations across the Group.
We believe this to be a varied role that will see the postholder fulfil a range of key functions.
From an operational perspective, you will take a lead in servicing the needs of the many diverse and varied committees across our Group.
You will offer support with the administrative functions of our team, such as the collation of registers of interests. Furthermore, you will help us to confidently improve our related structures, systems, and processes, whilst supporting the wider development and effectiveness of our team.
Once embedded into the Group and with a confident understanding of the cycle and scale of our business, we expect our Deputy Company Secretary will be able to help steer our governance function towards a more strategic and advisory position within the wider Group.
Candidates for this role will need to have a strong understanding of governance so that advice and related decisions can be effectively and efficiently provided.
We will especially be welcoming applications from those candidates who can demonstrate an appreciation for governance practices within organisations that have similar scales and complexities to that of LTE Group.
Whilst we would ideally like candidates to have experience in supporting governance within an education setting, what is more important to us is your ability to quickly grasp the legislative requirements expected of us and the broad regulatory environments in which our group operates. As such, we will also welcome applications from candidates with a demonstrably successful commercial governance background.
As we constantly strive to improve our governance processes and related activity, we seek to appoint a candidate with experience in not just servicing the secretariat needs of non-executive boards but facilitating the wider strategic development of these related processes too. Given the multi-faceted nature of this role, the appointed candidate will need to be someone who can multi-task and work at pace whilst having the ability to support and develop their peers.
Perhaps most importantly of all, it is vital that you have a strong desire to work for a forward-thinking education and skills provider that enhances the life chances of thousands of people each year, not just locally, but nationally.
If you have such experience and you would be interested in providing support and professional services to our Board and related committees, we would like to hear from you.
Peridot Partners and LTE Group are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.
Thank you for your interest in our Deputy Company Secretary role here at LTE Group.
This role provides an opportunity to be an integral part of the Governance and Legal team for the most unique Group Structure in the further education sector.
Our Group is driven by a strong social mission, committed to improving lives and economic success and reinvesting for the public good as a not for profit organisation.
Our strategic aim is to be a national leader in the development and delivery of education and skills.
With around 4,200 colleagues and over 95,000 students and learners, the Group reflects the combined strengths and services of our five leading organisations, and our professional group operations.
The transfer of specialist knowledge facilitated by our Group structure makes us a leading commentator on sector policy and enables knowledge-sharing with our stakeholders to promote our values and vision. It also enables us to plan with confidence and look forward as a thought leader in our sector.
The role of Deputy Company Secretary represents a fantastic opportunity to join a truly unique organisation. As an experienced governance professional, you will be supporting the Company Secretary in developing newer members of the team and providing company secretariat services across the Group including its subsidiary companies.
Adept at communicating across a diverse organisation, the Deputy Company Secretary will ensure that the governance of the Group remains effective and continues to be of the highest standard, championing good governance principles and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
As the Deputy Company Secretary you will be responsible for the line management and development of two other members of the team and will manage all aspects of Board and Committee meetings including papers, minutes and agendas and the organising of Board strategy days.
You will need previous experience in governance or company secretarial, be well organised, and an excellent communicator with the ability to be both a team player and lead and manage others.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Company Secretary and General Counsel, LTE Group
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
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Drew Richardson-Walsh | email@example.com | 07739 364033
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Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 4th March 2024
Candidates informed of outcome: By Wednesday 13th March 2024
First interviews: Monday 18th March 2024
Second interviews: Wednesday 27th March 2024
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