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Company Secretary

North East England

  • Reference: 384122
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive depending upon experience

  • Location: Darlington

The Company

HC-One, the Kind Care Company was founded in 2011, with the aim of being the first-choice care home in every community for individuals looking for the very best care and support and for Colleagues looking to develop a long term career delivering the highest quality care to Residents.

Now with over 300 care homes throughout the United Kingdom, HC-One are one of the largest care operators, creating a positive care service encompassing memory care, nursing, residential and specialist care. Their national scale means they have the resources and expertise required to provide the very highest standards of care, guided by a founding ethos that each one of their homes, Residents and Colleagues are treated as individuals.

The Role

To provide high quality support and expertise at a senior level, acting as principal advisor on all aspects of corporate governance. To monitor and review policy, legislative regulatory and governance developments to understand impact on HC-One and ensure briefing of the board. The role holder will play a key role in enabling HC-One to discharge its legal and regulatory duties working closely with the Board, Chief Executive and Senior Leadership team to provide effective management and transparency of the company governance arrangements.

Responsibilities include:

  • issuing proper notice of meetings, preparation of agendas, circulation of relevant papers and taking and producing minutes to record the business transacted at the meeting and the decisions taken.
  • Advise and support the CEO, CFO, Chair and Board of Directors on all aspects regulatory and governance structures and the rules in which they must comply to ensure effective business conduct.
  • Ensure appropriate processes are in place to meet the requirements of the Fit and Proper Persons Tests and appointment of the Chair, Non Exec Directors and Executive Directors
  • Support the submission of annual financial statements and annual return and renewal of insurance cover for employees, equipment and premises.
  • Maintain statutory books, including register of members, directors and secretaries
  • Procure legal and other specialist advice for the board where required
  • Act as an internal advisor supporting commercial contract reviews, ensuring robust contract structure, schedule and appendices
  • Maintain the Group’s Register of Risks, ensuring that the register is reviewed by the appropriate individuals on a regular and timely basis.
  • Assist with Director queries, preparation and maintenance of a governance schedule for the Group entities
  • Establish, maintain and review arrangements for corporate governance

The Person

Successful candidates will have:

  • Educatedation to Degree level or equivalent (preferably in Business, Finance or Law)
  • Knowledge of legal responsibilities of both Directors and Companies in the UK.
  • Advanced knowledge, understanding and practical application of regulatory compliance and corporate governance.
  • Extensive knowledge of board and committee processes and meetings governance.
  • Knowledge and practical application of processes for managing standards of business conduct (conflicts of interest, anti-bribery etc.)
  • Working knowledge of company law and Regulation
An Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Qualification is desirable rather than a prerequisite 

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