Governance and Compliance Manager

Governance and Compliance Manager

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  • Sector:

    Operations, Admin & Support, Projects & Programmes, General

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  • Salary:

    £45k - 50k per year

  • Contact :

    Harriet Mountain

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  • Contact phone:

    020 7820 7328

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  • Published:

    over 2 years ago

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We are working with Orbis to help them recruit a new Governance and Compliance Manager.

Orbis is an international eye care charity that prevents and treats avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

Of the 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, 75% have conditions that are preventable or treatable. They screen for and treat eye conditions, raise awareness about eye health, and train and mentor local eye care teams in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where most of those people live.
They do this through our long-term programmes as well as on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art ophthalmic teaching hospital on board a customised aircraft.

You will be joining Orbis UK at an exciting time as they have rapidly grown over the past few years, with their income increasing from under 3M in 2010 to over 8M in 2017. They are also in the midst of an organisational wide digital transformation programme.

As the Governance and Compliance Manager you will be responsible for a portfolio that covers Trustee governance, regulatory compliance, legal agreements, policy development, data protection and risk management. Working across departments you will ensure that Orbis UK complies with UK legal and regulatory requirements. You will be Orbis UK's data protection lead and will be responsible for policy and risk management development.

Key responsibilities include:
-Providing information to new and existing Trustees to keep them advised of their responsibilities and developments in the sector.
-Producing reports and presentations for Board meetings and other information as required by the Trustees.
-Leading on Orbis UK statutory compliance.
-Ensuring returns and reports are filed with Companies House and the Charity Commission on a timely basis.
-Maintaining the policy framework, advising when new policies are required and assisting in their drafting.
-Acting as data protection lead, collaborating with fundraising and communications colleagues as appropriate.
-Reporting the strategic risk register to the SMT on a quarterly basis, in preparation for the Audit Committee meetings.
-Developing systems for the management of risk.

-Skills and Experience required:
-Previous compliance experience, preferably in the regulatory or charity sector
-A strong Legal background
-Strong knowledge of GDPR
-Critical thinker who looks beyond the obvious to deliver the best solution
- Good understanding of the charity sector
-Outstanding written and oral communication skills with ability to write high-level reports