Governance Lead

Governance Lead

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Governance


London, WC2H 9JQ
Remote opportunity


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

Roots Academy is in the process of registering as a charity. As our Governance Lead, you will work closely with the Executive Team to establish a governance framework, policies and procedures.

What will you be doing?

Key tasks

  • Working closely with the Exec team, support the Trustee on-boarding process, to ensure all required documentation is obtained, and stored securely
  • Support with trustee meetings, ensuring accurate record keeping of meeting agendas and minutes
  • Manage registers; register of members of the board, register of interests, register of gifts, policy register, risk register, submitting to relevant regulators and responding to appropriate requests.
  • Oversee the development of governance polices, such as Complaints Policy, Conflict of Interest Policy, Risk Management Policy, and Whistleblowing Policy.
  • Work with the leadership team to ensure policies and procedures are in place, in line with best practice, and signed off by the Trustee board. This includes but is not limited to:

Finance policies: Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering, Cash Handling, Due Diligence, Expenses, Reserves

Marketing & communications policies: Data Protection, External Communications & PR Policy, Social Media Policy, IT & Internal Communication Policy

Fundraising policies: Acceptance & Refusal of Donations Policy, Ethical Fundraising Policy

  • Work with the People Team Lead to roll out HR and safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Work with the relevant Team Lead to ensure Roots has all relevant insurances is in place – e.g. public liability insurance for fundraising events, travel insurance for trips abroad, employer liability insurance if employees are recruited in the future.
  • Advise the board as necessary, keeping up to date with relevant laws and regulations, including but not limited to Charity Commission Regulations and the Fundraising Code of Conduct.

This would be an ideal position for someone with experience in charity compliance or auditing, looking to volunteer their time and develop their leadership skills, in a faith-based start-up environment. 

We will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, if you are interested please apply today - we would love to hear from you!

What are we looking for?

  • Experience in charity law or governance 
  • Experience with risk management
  • Experience with conducting compliance audits desired but not essential
  • Strong understanding of Charity Commission Regulations and the Fundraising Code of Conduct

What difference will you make?

This is a great opportunity to help transform a start-up educational charity and take it to the next level. The team is in need of governance support from someone at an experienced level, to help the aspiring charity trustees to develop their skills and properly fulfil their duties and requirements, ensuring good practice and compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. The team is a mixture of students and early career professionals, that would benefit immensely from advice and guidance on how to create a strong governance framework - ensuring compliance requirements are met - which would in turn ensure that the team can continue to deliver transformative educational experiences that help students live truly God-centred lives. 

  • Education
  • Faith and ethics
  • Organisation type: 
    Not for profit

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to deliver transformative educational experiences that help students live truly God-centred lives.We achieve this by offering a comprehensive...