General Dental Council – Head of Governance

General Dental Council

Location: London/ Hybrid (2 days per week in the office)

Hours: Full time

Contract: 6-month fixed term contract

Location: London

Salary: £79,827- £93,914

This is an excellent career development opportunity for a proven leader to further their governance experience, implementing policies and procedures and being at the forefront of decision making at the General Dental Council.

As Head of Governance, you will lead on the strategic and advisory support function provided to the Council and Executive Leadership Team, acting as a trusted adviser. You will lead a small team to deliver a strong governance framework, strategic organisational initiatives, and high-quality secretariat support to ensure timely decision making.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading on the delivery of secretariat support, including acting as the Secretary to the Council.
  • Providing strategic advice and assurance to the Executive Leadership Team in relation to all governance matters.
  • Drafting high quality briefing documents, including for formal meetings, and proactively identifying, and suggesting solutions for organisational issues.
  • Developing a strategic forward work plan for the Council, its Committees and the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Leading the delivery of key programmes of work in respect of Board development and reviews into the effectiveness of the Council and its Committees.
  • Leading the appointments, reappointments and induction process for the Council and Committees.
  • Overseeing the delivery of key governance functions and policy for the General Dental Council.

About you

The successful candidate will have experience of: 

  • Working as a senior leader and/or as Secretary to a Board, Committee or Executive.
  • Thinking strategically and keeping abreast of policy, political and legislative developments to inform and prioritise the organisation’s work.
  • Legal processes, statutory frameworks and behaviours and values is essential, as is the ability to lead and oversee the delivery of continuous change and improvement.
  • Communicating, influencing and the ability to develop and maintain trusted relationships with senior stakeholders is equally important.


To reward you for your hard work and commitment, we offer a flexible hybrid working environment, as well as an attractive benefits package that includes: 

  • Pension contributions up to 10%
  • 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 28 days holiday after 2 years of service
  • Life assurance and income protection
  • Staff discounts 

How to apply: 

For further details about the role and to apply please click here

Closing date:

23:59 on 30 April 2024, assessments for this role will be ongoing and will close once an appointment has been made.  

Please note that we reserve the right to bring this recruitment campaign to an end without notice, and we encourage all interested candidates to submit an application as soon as possible. 

The GDC is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention, and career development of people from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.

Please no agencies unless instructed otherwise.  

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