Governance officer

Location: Flexible – London office, Chesterfield office or home-based
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week. Part-time applicants will be considered
Salary: £32,020 per annum (London office-based), £28,821 per annum (rest of UK) – pro-rata if applicable
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Some travel to attend meetings at our London or Chesterfield offices approximately once per month
Closing date: 23:59, Tuesday 17 May 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Governance officer role (PDF, 190 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


The post-holder will be part of the Governance team.  The team acts as an interface between the leadership team, trustees and committee members and provide seamless support to the work of the Board and its committees.  The post-holder will therefore build and maintain strong and effective relationships with board members, stakeholders and the leadership team.

Providing first-class secretariat support to the charity’s board and committees, the Governance Officer will have responsibility for servicing, attending and minuting the official board and committee meetings.

This role will also support the Head of Governance, Assurance & Legal and the Governance Manager to ensure all constitutional, legal and administrative procedures are effectively managed and assist in developing and managing processes and controls to ensure that all activities performed comply with relevant regulatory and statutory requirements.

About the role

Key responsibilities of the post-holder:

  • Preparation of agendas, coordination and quality control and distribution of meeting papers. Attending board and committee meetings and drafting of accurate board and committee minutes.
  • Manage administrative arrangements of trustee appointments and take a lead role in the induction, continuous training, monitoring and development of members of the board.
  • Planning/implementation of logistics for Board away days, committee meetings and stakeholder events including arranging meeting rooms, lunch, refreshments, travel and accommodation and processing of expenses claims.
  • Maintain an inventory of all legislative and regulatory compliance requirements and obligations relevant to the charity and support the Head of Corporate Services with the required submissions to Companies House, OSCR, Charity Commission and other relevant bodies.
  • Work with the Governance team to develop systems to monitor and evaluate governance and compliance standards across the charity.

Key requirements

  • Experience of supporting Boards/committees.
  • Substantial experience of effectively managing a varied and demanding workload.
  • Excellent organisation skills with good attention to detail and ability to quickly understand complex ideas.
  • Experience of developing accurate electronic record systems, capable of information retrieval, analysis and dissemination to relevant parties.
  • Strong MS Office 365 skills (Outlook, Word and PowerPoint in particular).
  • Good knowledge of corporate and charity governance.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with a completed supporting statement (Word, 40.04 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in job description and person specification for the Governance officer role (PDF, 190 KB)
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Tuesday 17 May 2022 to

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 via Microsoft Teams.

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.