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Governance Manager

Closing date
22 May 2022

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Opportunity for a governance professional to further expand their experience through providing high quality support to the General Dental Council's (GDC) Council and its Committees, ensuring it acts lawfully and makes timely decisions.

As a Governance Manager, you will provide governance advice and secretariat services, including but not limited to:
  • Preparing, briefing, and distributing agendas and background papers for Council, EMT, Committees or working groups.
  • Managing meeting logistics.
  • Preparing accurate minutes of Council, EMT and Committees.
  • Contributing to meeting discussions as and when required in conjunction with the Head of Governance and advising members of the legal and governance implications of proposed policies.
  • Following up on actions from meetings, ensuring that relevant employees and other individuals are made aware of committee decisions and that those required to action these decisions are informed in good time and that the progress of actions is monitored.
  • Taking responsibility for at least one area of policy review and administration in the team.
  • Undertaking and supporting governance improvement and project work such as board level recruitment, board effectiveness and development and providing governance advice to the organisation

The Governance Manager position is one that sits as part of a wider governance team that is responsible for the overall delivery of the governance function. The role is split between undertaking secretariat work as the Secretary to one or more of the Committees of Council, as well as supporting and leading on governance project and improvement work.

A key component of this role is working with political sensitivity and firmness to manage members' complex requirements in order to ensure that they are properly prepared and supported and their expectations are managed.

About you

You will have a proven track record in arranging and preparing for senior level meetings, preparing agendas, notes of decisions and papers, and drafting and interpreting governance documents. Your track record will also include designing mechanisms for the implementation of governance best practice. Excellent communications skills are essential, as is the confidence and diplomacy to liaise with staff at even the most senior levels.

About Us

Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.

Our work matters and so do our people. We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion by recruiting and strengthening our teams with team members from different backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints. Equality and diversity are not just words, they are what makes our teams strong and able to deliver. We want to be champions of diversity and to have a sense of belonging in the workplace, where everybody has the chance to contribute and to share what is important to them.


To reward you for your hard work and commitment, we offer an attractive benefits package that includes a generous pension scheme, flexible working and 25 days' annual leave plus bank holidays.

How to apply

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Applications are assessed against the person specification criteria and you are required to provide examples as part of your cover letter. For further details and to apply please click the apply button.

Closing date: 15th May 2022.

Please no agencies unless instructed otherwise.
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