Chair of Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics

Job Title: Chair of Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Northampton
Salary: voluntary role
Reference: Chair of CG+PE
Contact Name: J Diggins
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 21, 2018 17:02

Job Description




Founded in 1898, CIWM is the professional membership body for people working in or with the resource and waste management sector. It supports its members to be successful in their roles by providing technical and career advice, information, training and networking. It sets and maintains professional standards, developing and sharing knowledge and best practice. It provides an impartial, influential and respected voice for the sector in policy discussions in Belfast, Brussels, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London, helping to ensure policy development is informed by practical and theoretical understanding and experience. CIWM has over 5000 members. It is incorporated by Royal Charter and is a charity.

 Length of appointment:   Initially, a fixed period of three years with the possibility of extension for a further period of up to three years.


Time commitment:             Variable and ad hoc depending on circumstances. On average, approximately [2] days per year spread across the year, plus optional attendance at 3 Trustee Board (known as General Council) meetings and the Annual General Meeting.


Remuneration:                    This is a voluntary role.


Expenses:                            Reasonable expenses agreed in advance. Hotel accommodation (if required) will be booked and paid direct by CIWM.




The role


As Chair of our Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics Committee, you will play a key role in our corporate governance model by supporting the Chief Executive Officer and the Trustees (known as General Councillors) of the parent charity (CIWM).

The Chair of this Committee is not a Trustee. 


The Committee rarely meets in person, though meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by you and/or the CIWM Chief Executive. You will need to have an annual meeting with the Chief Executive, which may be in person or by phone.


The CGPE Committee is established to support the Group CEO and the Trustees in their responsibilities for the CIWM Group by advising in cases of allegations of professional misconduct against members. As its Chair, you will also be asked to provide your perspective on any substantial changes to our constitutional documents.


The CGPE Committee’s primary role and responsibilities as defined in CIWM’s Constitution are:



  • To ensure that CIWM’s governance complies with the appropriate standards for a company incorporated by a Royal Charter and a registered Charity;


  • From time to time, to review proposals to change CIWM’s constitutional documents (the Charter, Bye-Laws, Regulations and Practice Directions) and make such recommendations to CIWM’s General Council (Trustee Board) for change as it deems appropriate; and


  • To be responsible for the operation of CIWMs Code of Professional Conduct and all Disciplinary actions invoked under the Code.



As Chair of the CGPE Committee, you will use your experience and knowledge to provide an external perspective on the strategic direction of our work and contribute to the scrutiny and constructive challenge of our performance whilst maintaining independence of thought. You will also provide an informal source of independent advice to the Trustees, Chief Executive, Financial Controller and other directors as appropriate.


The responsibilities of the Chair of the CGPE Committee are to:



  • chair any CGPE Committee meetings and ensure that the Committee works effectively to fulfil its role in the CIWM Group Corporate Governance model;


  • encourage a free and open discussion at any CGPE Committee meetings;


  • ensure that there is an effective relationship between management and the members of the CGPE Committee;


  • report to the Trustees at the next meeting of General Council following any meeting of the CGPE Committee on the matters reviewed by, and on any decisions or recommendations of, the CGPE Committee; and respond to their questions and concerns;


  • work with the CEO to prepare any CGPE Committee meeting agendas to ensure all required business is brought before the CGPE Committee to enable it to efficiently carry out its duties and responsibilities;


  • work with other members of the CGPE Committee, Trustees and management to periodically review and assess its terms of reference and establish procedures to govern it’s work and ensure the Committee fully discharges its duties;


  • with other members of the CGPE Committee review and assess its effectiveness and establish measures to correct identified weaknesses;


  • Carry out an annual review (by telephone or in person) with the CEO of the corporate hospitality register


  • Where appropriate, attend CIWM’s Annual General meeting and respond to questions from members addressed to the Chairman of the CGPE Committee; and


  • carry out any special assignments or any functions as requested by and agreed with the CEO or Trustees.



The membership of the Corporate Governance & Professional Ethics Committee comprises:



  1. a) an independent Chairman who shall be a senior lawyer, not necessarily a member of the Institution, or who may be a Fellow or Member not otherwise a General Councillor, appointed for a period of three years by the General Council;


  1. b) three General Councillors elected annually by and from the Elected General Councillors;


  1. c) two other Fellows or Members of the Institution not otherwise being a General Councillor, appointed annually by the General Council.







We wish to appoint a senior lawyer with a good understanding of corporate governance in a charity or professional ethics ideally with a professional body. Previous experience either as a member of or working at a senior level with a CGPE-type committee would be welcome, but is not a requirement.


You will be able to demonstrate:



  • a detailed knowledge of charity and applicable company law, regulations and guidance;


  • proven ability to consider complex facts and communicate clear advice on the way forward;


  • proven ability to bring a member focused and professional approach to the CIWM Group;


  • evidence of a personal motivation and commitment to the Third Sector and an interest in the resource and waste management sector and CIWM’s charitable objectives;


  • a demonstrably collaborative way of working, for example with fellow Committee members, Trustees, senior staff and other stakeholders to enable the delivery of priorities both within and outside their own areas of responsibility;


  • excellent communication of key messages to both internal and external audiences, and the ability to listen to and a willingness to act upon feedback;


  • experience of working with Third Sector and membership organisations generally is desirable as is knowledge of governance issues and processes in these organisations; and


  • you should hold a professional qualification from an appropriate recognised body


Application Process:

Please send your CV to

Please include an email address as arrangements for the next steps in the process will be advised by email.