UK Law Society: Non-Executive Chair, Main Board The Law Society London £42,800 p.a.

The Law Society (“the Society”) represents solicitors in England & Wales and has over 160,000 members across the world. The Society’s role is to represent, promote and support solicitors in England and Wales and internationally.

The Society is governed by its Council, established under Royal Charter, which sets the strategic direction of the Society’s work. The Society has been carrying out a review of its governance structure and processes and has decided to institute a new Main Board, replacing the current board structure. A Chair is sought for the Main Board which will be established early in 2018. The Main Board Chair will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. The proposed remuneration for the role is £42,800 for an estimated minimum commitment of two days per week.

The role

Work collaboratively with the Main Board and Chief Executive, ensuring that the Main Board, through effective chairing and impartial decision making, acts as the oversight body for the effective implementation of the Society’s strategy and annual business plan, as set by Council. The Chair of the Main Board will also support the role of the President as Chair of Council who is the leading advocate for the profession.

Provide strategic, inclusive leadership to the Main Board, setting its agenda, developing the knowledge, capability and skills of its members and ensuring that it fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Society.

Report regularly to Council and be accountable for setting objectives for the Chief Executive and building a relationship with her/him, conducting annual appraisal and remuneration review and, where appropriate, offering guidance to the Chief Executive in the discharge of her/his responsibilities.

The Person

Admission as a solicitor in England and Wales, whether or not still on the Roll or holding a Practising Certificate, is a pre-requisite. She/he will show a strong commitment to the values of the Society, the interests of its members and the public and to ensuring equality, diversity, and inclusion in all the activities of the Society.

Demonstrate the skills and experience required to fulfil a prominent role in an organisation undergoing significant change, which will necessitate demonstrable experience of working at a senior level on strategy implementation, business planning, technology transformation and financial and organisational oversight.

Chair meetings effectively, ensuring that timely and relevant information is provided, all voices are heard, and high-quality decisions are reached, with a good, practical understanding of corporate governance issues particularly as applied to a membership organisation.

The closing date for applications is Midnight on 15th October. Final interviews will take place on 22nd and 23rd November in London.

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