Governance and Compliance Officer - EY Foundation, full time open to flexible working

24 Oct 2018
22 Nov 2018
Contract Type

The EY Foundation is a charity and a company, limited by guarantee, established in 2014. We were founded by EY, the professional services firm, which continues to provide funding and donations to the charity under a multi-annual funding agreement.  We are governed by a board of trustees, who are supported by a number of committees and an executive management team. As we work primarily for the benefit of young people, we also have a Youth Panel that provides insight and places the voice of young people at the heart of what we do.

The EY Foundation is a pioneering model of a corporate Foundation, bringing together the professional rigour and resources of a large, global, corporate body with the innovation and dynamism of a young and rapidly growing charity.

The EY Foundation helps young people, disadvantaged in the labour market, to fulfil their work potential. We are unique in our position as the link between employers and young people, having strong relationships with both.

Our work involves designing, developing and running our own services: Smart Futures, Our Future and Accelerate, as well as raising independent funds to support new initiatives and reach more young people across the UK. We work with organisations from across all sectors, including commercial, not-for-profit, education and government.

As an independent charity we have to diversify and raise our own income through traditional fundraising, grants and, increasingly, through the development of our work with corporate partners.

The Opportunity:

The EY Foundation has a Board of Trustees, led by our independent Chair, Patrick Dunne. The Board meets quarterly and is supported by five sub-committees (Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination, Impact and Influence, and Income) and by a Technology & Transformation Advisory Group. 

The Governance and Compliance Officer works closely with the Chair, trustees and committee members, as well with Foundation staff and management team.

We are looking ideally for someone with current or previous experience of charity governance and compliance more widely.

This role reports into the Chief Executive’s and Chair’s Office Lead.

This is a full time role. The post will be based in our London Hub, one of the Foundation’s three delivery Hubs. Travel to our other two delivery Hubs in Glasgow and Manchester may occasionally be required.

 Your Key Responsibilities: 

  • Support the Chair and the Chief Executive in ensuring that the organisation’s governance arrangements are compliant with charity and company law and best practice;
  • Oversee the framework by which the organisation monitors and reports compliance with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure the organisation has robust risk management and policy frameworks in place and that they are fully operational.

Secretary to the Board:

  • Manage the forward scheduling of board, committee, and advisory group meetings and co-ordinate papers, agendas, and reports for each meeting against a pre-determined schedule;
  • Prepare papers and advise the Chair and committee chairs on governance matters, supporting them with administration during the meetings;
  • Update Companies House, the Charities Commission, and other regulatory bodies with all required changes;
  • Record minutes from each meeting for agreement by the respective chairs and proactively follow up actions;
  • Undertake independence checks for potential trustees, patrons, committee members and oversee the completion of their mandatory training;
  • Maintain governance registers, including Register of Interests, Conflicts of Interest; Register of trustees skills;
  • Maintain BoardPacks and records of all papers and meeting minutes in an orderly and accessible format;
  • Keep abreast of changes in governance and regulation and bring these to the attention of the Foundation;
  • Liaise with legal advisors on relevant matters on the direction of the CFO;
  • Support the Chair and Nominations Committee in the search and recruitment of new trustees, patrons and committee members;
  • Lead our support of and communication with the charity’s patrons;
  • Work with the Chair to monitor and improve the Board’s diversity.


  • Develop and maintain a framework for ensuring the charity is compliant with all legislative requirements and best practice, including GDPR, health and safety, child protection, employment law;
  • Research changes in compliance requirements, analyse their impact for the charity and recommend the actions needed.
  • Act as the Foundation’s data protection officer.

Risk Management:

  • Support the executive team in the development and implementation of a risk management framework for the charity;
  • Co-ordinate updates to the corporate risk register and ensure reports are available for key meetings;
  • Advise the executive and board on sector developments related to risk management.


  • Maintain a library of all corporate policies and monitor for scheduled updates;
  • Assist the management team in research and drafting policies, where required.

Skills and Attributes for Success: 

  • Ability to foster positive relationships with a range of people
  • A collaborative and flexible team player
  • Positive, energetic, can-do attitude
  • Strong and evidenced commitment to diversity
  • A genuine interest in charity governance
  • Strong commitment to improve the working lives and prospects of disadvantaged young people in the UK

To Qualify for the Role you must have: 

  • An ICSA qualification or other relevant experience

Ideally you’ll also have: 

  • Experience of working effectively with non-executive boards, preferably in the charity sector
  • Experience of developing compliance processes and structures
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills in English

What we look for:

You will be an experienced Trusted Business Advisor with a passion for providing exceptional client service to your stakeholders whilst maintaining high levels of financial management.  You will work closely with many stakeholders across the business so the ability to build strong and effective relationships will be key. 

What working at EY offers: 

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

 If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible by clicking the apply button below



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