External Board Members

Unremunerated, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
12 Oct 2017
19 Nov 2017
Part time
Contract type
Freelance, Locum/Contract

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 Board, replacing the current board structure.

The roles are unremunerated although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Board members will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term.

Applications are now sought for both lay members and Solicitor members (i.e. admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, whether or not still on the Roll or holding a Practising Certificate). 

The Society is particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals with experience of one or more of:

  • budget and resource management;
  • finance;
  • regulation;
  • risk management; and/or
  • IT and systems planning, procurement and implementation.

The Role

Act to ensure that the Main Board, through effective and impartial decision making, acts as the oversight body for the implementation of the Society's strategy and annual business plan, as set by Council.

Work to ensure the good governance of the Board and the financial health of the Society and that it has effective systems in place to ensure financial accountability and risk management/mitigation.

Contribute meaningfully to business planning, strategic support, decision-making and opportunity maximisation and to ensure that decisions are taken in the best long-term interests of the Society and its members.

The Person

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 vital role in an organisation undergoing significant change, building relationships with members of Council, the Board and the Executive, listening actively, fostering collaboration and establishing the value of the new Board to the Society.

Experience of the development (through consultation) and implementation of strategy, business planning, budgetary discipline, with effective oversight to support delivery, will be an advantage.

The closing date for applications is Midnight on 19th November. Final interviews will take place in mid-January in London.

The preferred method of application is online at www.odgers.com/64481. When applying please clearly state if you are applying for a lay or Solicitor member role. 

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to 64481@odgersberndtson.com

Any postal applications should be sent to Ollie Minto, Legal & Professional Services, Odgers Berndtson, 20 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6XD. Please quote reference 64481 in your correspondence.

All submissions sent to the above email address will receive an automated response. In the event that you do not receive confirmation of receipt when submitting your application please contact us on ollie.minto@odgersberndtson.com

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