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Governance Advisor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We believe work is something you do, not somewhere you go, so if you want to work for a company who are truly flexible and where you are valued then this could be the role for you! 


We are looking for passionate and experienced professionals, to join our Governance Team as Governance Advisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference – supporting the Group’s Board and Committees and ensuring that Yorkshire Housing meets its governance and regulatory requirements. 


About Yorkshire Housing  

Here at Yorkshire Housing our customers are at the heart of what we do – we call it being customer obsessed. In a nutshell we own and manage nearly 20,000 homes (and counting) across Yorkshire and our mission is to make it possible for our tenants to have a place they’re proud to call home. 

We have huge growth plans and ensuring we are compliant in our approach is an important part of our success – that is where you come in! 

Whilst establishing and maintaining close and positive relationships with Board and Committee Members, you will support the organisation with ensuring compliance with our Regulatory Standards and chosen Code of Governance, including the development of procedures which ensure compliance. 

It’s important to us that we are forward-thinking and innovative. We have a dynamic, fast paced attitude and are looking for individuals who can embrace change and fit well in this kind of environment.    

Your Role 

We believe governance isn’t just about rules and procedures and shouldn’t feel like ‘red-tape’. It’s about building great relationships and working with others to navigate governance requirements whilst seeking to ensure we all achieve our commons goals.   

We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic about all things governance, with great interpersonal skills, who can engage with individuals at all levels, both internally and externally. Someone who can make complex, maybe even ‘dry’ elements of governance and compliance engaging and easy to understand. 

Your main responsibilities will be focused on two key areas – Board and Committee support and Governance and Regulatory Compliance. 

Board and Committee Support 

As part of the Governance Team, you will be responsible for facilitating our Board and Committee meetings. To give a flavour, this includes…. 

  • Working closely with the lead Executive and respective Chair to ensure meetings run smoothly, the right items are on agendas and scheme of delegations are followed 

  • Assisting with agenda setting 

  • Ensuring reports are received from report authors within timescales 

  • Quality checking reports 

  • Circulating meeting papers 

  • Taking accurate and concise minutes 

  • Ensuring meeting actions are followed up in a timely manner 

  • Ensuring meetings are effective and actively seeking to identify and action any areas of improvement. 

  • Advising on Terms of Reference and delegations 

You will also be responsible for providing stellar support to our Board and Committee Members, everything from induction, appraisals, training, recruitment and much more. 

Governance and Regulatory Compliance 

It’s not just about Board and Committee Meetings…after all, variety is the spice of life right? 

The role will also include a wide range of other governance activities, ensuring that Yorkshire Housing operates efficiently and effectively. This will include preparing and filling returns, facilitating our signing and sealing process, managing our statutory registers and our policy framework. We also need to make sure we comply with our chosen Code of Governance and Regulatory Standards through regular self-assessment and active continuous improvement. 

Already feel this is the role for youThere’s much more useful information you can read in the Job Description! 

So, what do we need from you? 

The answer is simple - if you are hardworking, a team player, driven to achieve wins for the team and hungry for your next challenge then we would love to hear from you! 

The below would also be great;   

  • Experience in advising Board and Committee Members on governance arrangements and interpreting rules/articles/scheme of delegation 

  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality 

  • Experience in taking professional, high-quality minutes 

  • The ability to influence and engage with stakeholders at all levels 

  • Ability to work outside normal office hours as work demands.  (Committee meetings are usually held late afternoon/ early evening) 

  • Excellent planning and the ability to deliver to timescales 

  • Confident, helpful and enthusiastic attitude 

  • A collaborative worker who understands putting our customers first 

  • A problem solver with innovative ideas 

  • Team player for Governance and the wider business 

  • Proactive approach to all activities  

  • Eagerness to develop own skills and adapt to change 

  • Personal values and approach that align with YH’s values 


What’s in it for you…  

We offer an excellent salary of £38,425.80 per annum for a 35-hour week plus 25 days annual leave (rising annually to 30 days) plus Bank Holidays.   

That’s not all - we offer a reward package to suit everyone. At YH, you can claim back for prescriptions, eye tests and more with our cash plan, make the most of a variety of retail discounts and take advantage of our pension scheme where we’ll match your contributions up to 9%, just to name a few. 

We also promote a flexible approach to work and want to support people to work in the way that works best for our customers and allows them flexibility, be that at home, in our amazing workspaces or a bit of both. This is why our focus is what you are doing and where that can be best done. 

We also have a real focus on your development with a number of internal and external training opportunities! 

One of our biggest priorities is the wellbeing of our colleagues and you can make the most of our readily available wellbeing support package. This includes access to a library of free fitness classes, as well as an instant My GP service and free counselling sessions with a trained professional.  


So, now you’re really interested?   

At YH, we’re actively building a work environment that’s inclusive as well as diverse. We believe difference is what makes us stronger and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve, so we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds for this role.   

We know that not all candidates will meet every single desired requirement. If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you, please go ahead and apply! 

If you require additional support with your application, please contact us by email at   


The fine print   

The closing date for applications will be 28th April 2024 – but don’t wait to get your application in as the role may close early if we get lots of fab candidates! 

If you’re applying for this role internally, you must inform your current Line Manager. 


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