Governance Adviser (HFL Education)

Governance Adviser (HFL Education)


Band 5 – FTE £34,000 - £38,000 per annum

Date Ending

May 26, 2023


Contract: Permanent

Hours: Fulltime at 37 hours per week, (5 days)  

Salary: Band 5 – FTE £34,000 – £38,000 per annum

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, with flexibility required to work across educational settings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties with occasional visits to Robertson House, Stevenage as required.


Do you have experience of working with school governing boards?

Have you ever considered using your skills to support and develop good governance?

Are you passionate about providing excellent customer service?


If the answer is yes to the above questions, we are looking to appoint a new member to join our busy Governance Team.


In this role you will be part of a team who provide training, information and advice and support on a traded basis to governors and governing boards whilst maintaining and communicating a passion for school improvement, maximising opportunities for all and narrowing the achievement gap for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.


We are seeking an aspirational individual to join our team as part of their career development journey.  The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of the educational landscape and be able to build rapport with school leaders and colleagues.


If you currently work in or have experience of Governance and are looking for a new challenge, this might be just the role you are looking for so why not apply or get in touch for more details.

Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of remote working and occasional visits to school settings, and if required, attending meetings at our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

Benefits: a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, paid mileage, a cycle to work scheme, onsite charging points for electric vehicles, access to mental health and wellbeing support, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers, and more.

Would you like to know more information about this opportunity? If so, further information can be found in the job outline. You can also contact Cathy Irons who would be happy to chat to you.  Contact them at cathy.irons@hfleducation.org and provide a mobile number for contact to be made.

How to Apply

To apply, email hfl.recruitment@hfleducation.org with a detailed CV along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions:

  1. Detail the skills and qualities you bring that you consider relevant to this role.
  1. From your experience as a Governor/Clerk to Governors (past or serving), provide an example of when your input has contributed to effective governance within a governing board.
  2. Provide an example from your working life (previous or current) where you have made a positive contribution in a customer, public or business facing situation? – please share how you came to identify the need, what you did and the outcome you achieved.
  3. Share an example where you have positively influenced and managed a stakeholder relationship.

As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.

For recruitment queries, our Central Recruitment Team can also be contacted on the HFL recruitment email address above.

We would love to hear from you.


Closing Date: Friday, 26th May 2023 at midday

Interview Date: Wednesday, 14th June 2023 at Robertson House, Stevenage.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. To make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity, please submit your application as soon as you can.

We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.

HFL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HFL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HFL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.