Corporate Governance and Secretariat Group Manager

Wilmslow, Cheshire
Starting salary is £49,549. Up to £56,129 may be available for an exceptional candidate
06 Jan 2022
23 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Wilmslow
£49,549 to £56,129 Per Annum plus pension and excellent benefits
Post ref: DEC20217560


The ICO’s headquarters are based in Wilmslow, Cheshire however there may be scope to offer some flexibility of location including a level of remote working from home.

Salary: £49,549 - £56,129 per annum plus pension and excellent benefits

Starting salary: Expected starting salary is £49,549. A salary up to £56,129 may be available for an exceptional candidate, plus pension and excellent benefits

About us

The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. 

The ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it is of national importance and increasingly in the public eye.  We are at the forefront of information rights policy development, providing direct advice to the public, and enforcing the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors. 

About the role 
Our Planning, Risk and Governance directorate is responsible for making sure the ICO has the right governance, planning, risk management and compliance approaches in place. We support the ICO, and in particular senior colleagues across the organisation, to make well informed, transparent and compliant decisions, prioritising effectively. We provide oversight and assurance and make sure we support the ICO’s role as a regulator, public body and employer. We are expanding our team, and a vacancy has arisen in our Corporate Governance team for a Corporate Governance and Secretariat Group Manager.

About you 

You will need to be an experienced corporate governance professional with a proven track record in delivering excellent governance and secretariat services to senior leaders. You will have experience in supporting committees and board, and ensuring there is a coherent and clear governance structure in place, with well defined work programmes. You will also have delivered Annual Reports and other key governance documents.

You will be a team player, with the ability to build strong relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders, and have the ambition to drive forward a programme of work which aligns to our strategic plan as well continuous improvement to ensure our approach remains effective and proportionate.

We are an exciting and fast-paced directorate at the heart of the ICO’s strategic plans. If you’re interested in joining our fantastic team, we look forward to hearing from you! 

To apply 

Closing date for applications: 23:59 on 23 January 2022

Interviews expected to be held via Microsoft Teams from week commencing  7 February 2022. 

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office?

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy:

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
  • Civil Service Pension arrangements.
  • 25 days' paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
  • Extra "privilege" days in addition to normal public holidays.
  • Compressed working hours options.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Colleague assistance scheme.
  • Access to many discounted products and services.
  • Welfare and family-friendly policies.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.

If you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances.

To demonstrate our commitment to equality of opportunity in employment in Northern Ireland, we monitor the community background of our applicants and employees, as required by the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998.

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Disabled applicants are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

At the ICO we support a number of flexible working arrangements and we are happy to discuss your personal needs or preferences during the recruitment process.

If you are disabled and have difficulty using our online application system please email the HR team  who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.

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