Governance Officer - Boards and Committees

HM Land Registry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 30th January 2022


Reference number



(Croydon only £42,099)


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Chief Executive & Chief Land Registrar Directorate

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Business Management and Improvement
Operational Delivery
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birkenhead, North West (region), CH41 6DU : Croydon, London (region), CR0 2AQ : Coventry, West Midlands (region), CV1 3BH : Durham, North East (region), DH1 5TR : Weymouth, South West (region), DT4 9TT : Gloucester, South West (region), GL1 1DQ : Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber (region), HU2 8JN : Leicester, East Midlands (region), LE3 5DR : Nottingham, East Midlands (region), NG1 7AU : Peterborough, East of England (region), PE1 1QF : Plymouth, South West (region), PL6 5WS : Preston, North West (region), PR4 1TE : Swansea, Wales, SA7 9FQ : Telford, West Midlands (region), TF3 4LR

About the job


HM Land Registry (HMLR) is a successful, high-performing, innovative organisation. For more than 150 years HM Land Registry has protected and guaranteed people’s land and property rights by keeping and maintaining the Land Register for England and Wales. HMLR aims to become the world's leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to fill the post of Governance Officer – Boards and Committees. This is a busy role which would suit someone who would like the opportunity to work on a diverse portfolio of corporate governance issues.

The position will be offered on a full or a part time basis with a minimum 30 hours per week which would be considered but additional hours are likely to be required during key periods of the annual report and accounts production.

Job description

The role will support the Head of Governance Co-ordination in providing assurance and advice to the Accounting Officer, HM Land Registry Board, Executive board and their sub-committees on a wide range of matters relating to corporate governance.

You will be expected to provide a consistently high level of service to internal and external stakeholders, whilst being able to work at pace and with a high attention to detail. As a member of the Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar’s Office, this role will allow you to gain experience, engage with senior leaders and make a real impact at the heart of HMLR.

Attendance at meetings and conferences at other HM Land Registry locations and other external events will sometimes be required. Out of hours work is likely to be required, particularly during the finalisation of the annual report and accounts.


Main duties

This role brings together strategic responsibility of all HMLR’s central governance boards (currently ten) under one person, to improve coordination and drive efficiency and effectiveness of HMLR governance. You will
• Ensure that our board activity reflects the requirements of our Framework and Non-Ministerial Department status.
• Proactively arrange HMLR governance boards in a coordinated way, making sure decisions flow through the appropriate boards efficiently and in accordance with terms of reference and that messaging to all boards are aligned.
• Engage with senior leaders from across HMLR to agree joined-up solutions through our central governance boards and support them in setting agendas which make most effective use of time for our senior leadership.
• Commission papers and presenters and support presenters to navigate HMLR governance and make best use of board time. Identify links between the boards and committee items and make presenters aware of those connections so that items brought to boards are joined up.
• Provide leadership to the Board Secretariat Leads to ensure board decisions are actioned, tracked and that there is effective official records management.

Please see attached Job Description for further information.

Where an individual taking up the responsibility will be based in Swansea Office, the ability to speak Welsh is desirable.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace


A great place to work
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs. We offer flexible working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

Where difference is celebrated
We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

HMLR offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

Working for Land Registry

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.
To apply please complete the short application form. You will then be asked to complete a Verbal Reasoning Test. If you pass this test you will then be required to complete a personal statement (in no more than 1000 words), which should demonstrate evidence of how you meet the below essential experience criteria, from within the job description:

• Experience of planning and managing complex and involved pieces of work that have lots of dependencies and moving parts.
• The ability to network, build, develop and manage strong relationships with senior stakeholders and colleagues at all levels to serve and foster the interests of the wider organisation.
• Able to demonstrate sound judgement in order to spot trends, opportunities and to respond quickly to changes.
• Ability to work under pressure, at pace and be able to organise and prioritise work whilst maintaining a high attention to detail

In the event of a high volume of applications being received, the following criteria will be assessed as the leading criteria,
• Experience of planning and managing complex and involved pieces of work that have lots of dependencies and moving parts.

The sift will take place week commencing 31 January 2022. If you are successful at sift, then you will be invited to attend a blended video interview with pre-prepared presentation, w/c 7 February 2022, which will be held through MS Teams.

The blended interview will test the experience and behaviours listed in the job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role; we want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested. The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application. Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview. If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

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Nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Briony Potts
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Online test instructions

Please ensure you have completed the online test as soon as you have applied, because if you pass you will be required to complete a CV and an online statement of suitability of up to 1000 words before 11:55pm on 30 January 2022.

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission:

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