Governance Officer - Boards and Committees

  • Job Reference: 473432838-2
  • Date Posted: 15 January 2022
  • Recruiter: HM Land Registry
  • Location: Croydon, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Management & Supervisors, Restaurant & Service
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The role will support the Head of Governance Co-ordination in providing assurance and advice to the Accounting Officer, HM Land Registry Board, Executive board and their sub-committees on a wide range of matters relating to corporate governance.

You will be expected to provide a consistently high level of service to internal and external stakeholders, whilst being able to work at pace and with a high attention to detail. As a member of the Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrars Office, this role will allow you to gain experience, engage with senior leaders and make a real impact at the heart of HMLR.

Attendance at meetings and conferences at other HM Land Registry locations and other external events will sometimes be required. Out of hours work is likely to be required, particularly during the finalisation of the annual report and accounts.

ResponsibilitiesMain duties

This role brings together strategic responsibility of all HMLRs central governance boards (currently ten) under one person, to improve coordination and drive efficiency and effectiveness of HMLR governance. You will
Ensure that our board activity reflects the requirements of our Framework and Non-Ministerial Department status.
Proactively arrange HMLR governance boards in a coordinated way, making sure decisions flow through the appropriate boards efficiently and in accordance with terms of reference and that messaging to all boards are aligned.
Engage with senior leaders from across HMLR to agree joined-up solutions through our central governance boards and support them in setting agendas which make most effective use of time for our senior leadership.
Commission papers and presenters and support presenters to navigate HMLR governance and make best use of board time. Identify links between the boards and committee items and make presenters aware of those connections so that items brought to boards are joined up.
Provide leadership to the Board Secretariat Leads to ensure board decisions are actioned, tracked and that there is effective official records management.

Please see attached Job Description for further information.

Where an individual taking up the responsibility will be based in Swansea Office, the ability to speak Welsh is desirable.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


A great place to work
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

Where difference is celebrated
Were committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

HMLR offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

Working for Land Registry

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

To apply please complete the short application form. You will then be asked to complete a Verbal Reasoning Test. If you pass this test you will then be required to complete a personal statement (in no more than 1000 words), which should demonstrate evidence of how you meet the below essential experience criteria, from within the job description:

Experience of planning and managing complex and involved pieces of work that have lots of dependencies and moving parts.
The ability to network, build, develop and manage strong relationships with senior stakeholders and colleagues at all levels to serve and foster the interests of the wider organisation.
Able to demonstrate sound judgement in order to spot trends, opportunities and to respond quickly to changes.
Ability to work under pressure, at pace and be able to organise and prioritise work whilst maintaining a high attention to detail

In the event of a high volume of applications being received, the following criteria will be assessed as the leading criteria,
Experience of planning and managing complex and involved pieces of work that have lots of dependencies and moving parts.

The sift will take place week commencing 31 January 2022. If you are successful at sift, then you will be invited to attend a blended video interview with pre-prepared presentation, w/c 7 February 2022, which will be held through MS Teams.

The blended interview will test the experience and behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role; we want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we dont advertise which strengths are being tested. The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working.

Please review your application form before clicking submit once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview. If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

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Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.