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Specialist - Board Secretary

Reporting to: Head of Corporate Governance
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £38,429 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Thursday 27 June 2019

Ref: 1546

TPR grade: 8 - specialist

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We are looking for a Board Secretary to provide corporate secretariat services to TPR’s Board and its Committees and to assist the Chair to shape and define the Board’s approach and objectives.

You will be highly organised and proactive, able to work alone as well as part of a group and with strong interpersonal and influencing skills. You will lead a small team, enjoy liaising at all levels and be comfortable interfacing with the Chair, Board members and senior executives. Previous experience in a regulatory and/or legal environment and within the public sector is desirable but not essential.

This is a great opportunity for a partial or fully qualified, experienced person to take their career to the next level. We are a dynamic, growing organisation, which is adopting technology to enable a more efficient and secure sharing of information.


  • Provide a high quality range of company secretarial services, including board-facing responsibilities, statutory and regulatory compliance, governance and best practice advice.
  • Support the Chair in conducting board effectiveness reviews, non-executive director appraisals and feeding into any external reviews.
  • Act as a primary point of contact between non-executive directors and executive management team.
  • Facilitate and attending board and subcommittee meetings; overseeing and peer reviewing the setting agendas, preparation of board packs, minuting of meetings, preparation and agreement of minutes and any action points arising from those meetings.
  • Co-ordinate the preparation of annual governance statement and board committee reports.

Essential criteria

  • In-depth specialised knowledge of the UK corporate governance code and associated regulatory and legal frameworks.
  • Extensive experience as a company secretary from either private practice or public sector organisation, ICSA qualified or part-qualified.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand the needs of the organisation and to communicate consistent, clear, audience-tailored risk-informed advice as well as support across a wide range of corporate governance issues.
  • A high degree of discretion and the ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrable ability to present the organisation’s views and assist internal advisers and experts.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £37,201 we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.