Company Secretary

Job Title: Company Secretary
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Newcastle
Reference: BBBH18393_1541741396
Contact Name: Sally Bartley
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 09, 2018 16:29

Job Description

Compass Housing Services is a not-for-profit community housing provider which aims to alleviate the hardship of housing stress by providing secure and affordable housing for low to moderate income earning households, as well as delivering housing products for disadvantaged people who have difficulties sourcing adequate and affordable accommodation.

As Company Secretary you will contribute to the success of Compass Housing Services Co Ltd, its subsidiaries and related bodies corporate (together, the Compass Group) by facilitating the corporate governance processes of the Compass Group and hold the primary responsibility for ensuring the Board and committee processes and procedures run efficiently and effectively.

This is a newly-created role, having previously been a function of in-house Corporate Counsel. You will be based out of the head office in Hamilton (Newcastle) with some travel required to attend interstate meetings. Ideally you will be available to start in mid-January 2019 in preparation for February meetings.

The role of Company Secretary will take day-to-day instructions from the Group Chief Governance, Risk & Compliance Officer and will be responsible to the Parent Board through the Chair.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure compliance with applicable legal, regulatory, statutory and other governance requirements for the Compass Group boards and governance committees;
  • Ensure proper notices of meetings, an effective board calendar, preparation of agendas, circulation of relevant papers, board inductions and terms of reference are in place and reflect best practice. Supporting the board evaluation process; and
  • Ensure that affairs of the Compass Group are conducted in accordance with legal, statutory and regulatory requirements and that they are defensible if audited, investigated or otherwise reviewed by relevant authorities.

Selection criteria include:

  • Qualifications in governance practice or law (JD, LLB or equivalent)
  • Qualifications in business administration or significant practical experience
  • Minimum 5-7 years' experience in corporate governance
  • Demonstrated highly developed organisational and time management skills, with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent administrative, workplace etiquette, protocols, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and application of the MS Office Suite
  • Sound understanding of good governance and working knowledge of the relevant legislation
  • Decision making qualities within the position delegations
  • Proven ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Absolute discretion, integrity and high ethical standards.

A copy of the full position description can be requested from peoplefusion on 02 4929 1666 or enquiries can be sent to

If you possess both the experience and passion for working for an organisation that truly makes a difference, click Apply to submit your resume and cover letter addressing the above criteria. Applications must be received by COB Wednesday 21 November 2018 to be considered.


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