Trust Governance Adviser – HFL Education

Trust Governance Adviser – HFL Education


Band 6 – FTE £40,050 - £48,000 per annum

Date Ending

January 2, 2023


Contract: Permanent

Hours: Fulltime at 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Salary: Band 6 – FTE £40,050 – £48,000 per annum

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

Are you passionate about empowering Multi-Academy Trust Boards to overcome the myriad of challenges they are facing?


Do you have the skills and experience to support Trust Boards to optimise the performance of their Trusts?


If the answer is yes, we are looking to appoint a new member of the team to provide bespoke consultancy, training and advice to Trust Boards.

We recognise the need to differentiate between governance structures in education and that to maximise our impact, we need a post dedicated to supporting Trust Boards. The postholder will act as a Business Partner to align with Boards to optimise performance and ensure that organisational objectives are met around effective Governance.


We are seeking to appoint a person who will work closely with internal teams to identify and deliver Trust specific products and services. Representing Governance, this role will also require collaborative working with Trusts and attending key forums across internal and external groups to identify what is needed to meet the customers’ needs, alongside building strong relations with Chairs of Trust Boards.  


HFLs Governance Services provide a range of services to both local authority school governors and Academy Trust Boards/Local Governing Boards. Our services include training, support for Chair of Governors and clerking, as well as other products to support strategic governance.


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. How would apply HFL Education’s CSR values?
  2. From your experience as a serving Governor (past or present), provide an example of when your input has contributed to effective governance within a Trust/local board.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: Monday 2nd January 2023 at midnight

Screening Interview date: Tuesday 10th January 2023 via Microsoft Teams

Interview Date: Monday 16th January 2023 in 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.