Job Title:         Policy Lead 

Contract:         Permanent

Hours:             35 hours per week with occasional evening work and travelling required.

Location:         London, EC1N

Salary:             £50,000 per annum

Department:     Policy and Research

Reports to:       Policy & Research Director


About The Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland

The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland (CGI UKI) is the professional body for governance and the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals across all sectors. Its purpose under Royal Charter is to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’ working with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and providing qualifications, training and guidance. As a lifelong learning partner, the Institute helps governance professionals in all sectors to achieve their professional goals, providing recognition, community and the voice of its membership.

One of nine divisions of the global Chartered Governance Institute, which was established 130 years ago, CGI UKI represents members working and studying in the UK and Ireland and in many other countries and regions including the Caribbean, parts of Africa and the Middle East.

Purpose of Role

The Institute’s Policy & Research team provides the intellectual capital – the guidance, consultation responses, thought leadership, etc – which supports Chartered Secretaries and governance professionals in every sector and will convince new and existing members, affiliates and customers that the Institute offers value to them, thereby underpinning the Institute’s initiatives to:

  • recruit new members, affiliates and customers;
  • cross-sell products to existing members and affiliates; and
  • improve the services offered to members and affiliates.

We are recognised as an authoritative and knowledgeable voice of governance, by which we:

  • influence the way that government, regulators and other key stakeholders think about enterprise administration and governance;
  • represent our market, including members, by speaking out publicly on key governance issues;
  • raise awareness of the role of company secretaries and governance professionals and promote the importance and value of independent and properly qualified governance professionals; and
  • influence the future agenda for debates on such issues.

By doing this we enable governance professionals to innovate and compete in changing markets and contribute to the economic and societal success of their organisations .

The postholder will work with the Policy & Research Director and ensure effective delivery of the Institute's policy work to represent, promote and support both the Institute and our members. He/she will also lead on designated areas of policy development. Experience of analysing evidence, assessing policy options, developing new ideas and of linking policy outputs to communications activities, campaign objectives and the wider political context will be key to success in this role.

Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • Liaising with team members and the Policy and Research Director to ensure that all policy activities are appropriately planned, delivered and promoted to members and any wider audience
  • Leading the Institute’s work across one or more agreed policy areas, with responsibility for overseeing the development of evidence-based policy solutions to governance challenges.
  • Liaising with other Institute teams to build awareness of the Institute’s policy content and ensure that it receives the benefit of their expertise.
  • Leading and co ordinating, with the support of member groups where applicable, the drafting of submissions to government and other consulting parties on governance, company law and regulation.
  • Liaising with the content team to ensure the effective delivery and publication of guidance and policy reports, thought leadership papers and other outputs on topical issues. This will often involve working with an industry working group of experts and/or an external partner.
  • Monitoring governance, legal and regulatory developments and issues, and developing, with the Policy and External Affairs group, appropriate responses
  • Providing Policy team liaison and secretariat for the Institute’s Company Secretaries Forum (which comprises around 50 senior governance professionals) and its working groups, and other Institute interest groups and advisory panels as they develop.
  • Working with the Policy & Research Director and relevant Chairs to develop forward programmes for member and stakeholder advisory panels.
  • Supporting the development of the Institute’s content and knowledge bank as a subject matter expert on corporate governance matters
  • Drafting technical briefings, policy updates, and other member briefings to promote the value of the Institute’s policy work as appropriate.
  • Where appropriate attending and speaking at Institute functions and agreed external events.
  • Supporting the judging of the annual Institute Awards as required.


  • Contributing to the work of the department: dealing with issues, external and internal, which arise daily, and ongoing Policy projects.
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are met in the areas for which the jobholder is responsible.
  • Occasional early mornings/evenings and travel involved.
  • The post holder may be required to carry out other duties that are reasonably to be considered as within the scope and purpose of the job and the aptitudes of the job holder.

Person Specification


  • Demonstrable knowledge, understanding and experience of implementing and managing policy development and building a network of key stakeholders in a similar context
  • May hold a governance qualification or have experience as a governance professional in a corporate environment
  • Good understanding of the governance sector or a similar regulatory environment
  • May be a member of CGIUKI or another relevant professional body

Skills & Experience

  • Experience of influencing and delivering change in a policy related role
  • Able to lead an ambitious programme of work for one or more policy areas, supporting and working with other teams to develop innovative influencing strategies to meet the Institute and its members objectives
  • A strategic thinker, with the ability to successfully align our policy work with activity across the organisation including key partnerships, commercial activity, and employer engagement.
  • Able to analyse complex issues and to crystallise evidence based policy positions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills at all levels
  • Strong planning and organisational skills with good understanding of managing projects
  • Able to multi task, work in isolation when necessary, but also be an effective team player
  • Able to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis and develop evidence based policy positions
  • Able to prioritise, set timelines and meet deadlines
  • Enjoys writing, gathering and distilling views and getting into the detail of an issue
  • Confident in running working group meetings and mediating views to achieve consensus.


  • Enjoy the particular challenges, opportunities etc. that come with working for a membership organisation
  • Act in accordance with our values:
    • Ethical
    • Expert
    • Collaborative
    • Empowering
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Demonstrate flexibility and open mindedness


If you would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and a cover letter to

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