Governance and Ethics Manager
Country / Territory
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Corporate Affairs
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband: 8 Location: London Contract type: Indefinite Contract Department: Corporate Headquarters Closing date 2nd February 2020 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.



About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


 Corporate Affairs is responsible for ensuring that the British Council’s top-level governance is effective and compliant.  

This role is based within the governance team but requires close working with legal, HR, finance and other departments to increase understanding, engagement and compliance with matters covered by the Code of Conduct, the global policy statements and mandatory training. The role will include planning and implementing frameworks to strengthen risk management, compliance and reporting on a range of ethics-related issues such as, but not limited to, conflicts and declarations of interest, mandatory training, gifts and hospitality and other areas within Corporate Affairs’ responsibilities. 
The Code of Conduct (the Code) sets out the fundamental values and principles everyone working for and with the British Council adhere to.  It provides the guidance and compliance mechanisms required to protect the reputation of individuals and the British Council as a global organisation.

The role holder will also be responsible for leading the Corporate Affairs’ approach to and compliance with the Diversity Assessment Framework. They will ensure that Corporate Affairs, as the home of the British Council’s EDI unit and strategy, models the values, behaviours, and practices we aspire to.

They will also work alongside the other two governance managers on ensuring the top level governance of the organization is understood and adhered to and provide secretariat support to boards and committees as required. 

The role holder will also provide support to the Director Corporate Affairs on an as need basis, leading pieces of work and initiatives required to manage risk in organisational governance and compliance.

Main Duties: 

  •  Manage Code of Conduct related compliance monitoring and assurance exercises, working with other specialist teams as required. Follow up issues identified through these exercises. Provide concise reports and practical recommendations to the Head of Corporate Affairs, Senior Leadership Team and, if appropriate, trustees. 
  • Provide clear and practical advice to colleagues on compliance with the Code. Manage the development and communication of guidance on specific areas where needed.
  • Manage the annual review and update of the Global Policy Statements. Ensure they are communicated appropriately, for example as part of induction for new staff. 
  • Manage the corporate mandatory training framework. Working with HR’s learning and development team and with policy owners, ensure training materials are regularly reviewed and updated and that the mandatory requirements are communicated clearly and consistently. Monitor and report on compliance and act on non-compliance.
  • Lead on planning, monitoring and reporting on Corporate Affairs’ compliance with the Diversity Assessment Framework. Embed learning to strengthen Corporate Affairs’ engagement with the diversity strategy. 
  • Provide Secretariat support to the Board of Trustees and its committees and/or top level executive boards as required.
  • Manage the Corporate Affairs budget to target, working with our Finance Business Partner and reporting to Head of Corporate Affairs.  
  • Ensure good record keeping practices in relation to all the above. 
About You:

 Experience of: 

  • embedding a shared understanding of requirements and monitoring compliance across a diverse and dispersed organisation 
  • producing training materials and running successful training programmes
  • delivering effective engagement 
  •  Able to communicate clearly and effectively, and develop collaborative working relationships, with colleagues at all levels and across cross-cultural teams
  • Confident to stand up to management challenge and promote doing the right thing
  • Exercising discretion and judgement in relation with sensitive and confidential material
  • Strong project management skills

For further information, please see the documents below.


 Role Profile.doc
BC Behaviours.pdf




Our Equality Commitment:



Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.    The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation.