Job Description

Western Europe Regional Governance Manager

Western Europe Regional Governance Manager
Location: Reigate

The Company
Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 territories. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Unlock your potential at Willis Towers Watson. 

The Business

Corporate risk and broking
We know how companies can unlock potential through effective risk management.  Our clients rely on us to craft strategies to quantify, mitigate, and transfer risk, taking advantage of our specialist industry experience and unparalleled market know-how. The result is a new way of embracing risk that drives superior results.

The Role
Within the Office of General Counsel, the Western Europe Regional Governance Manager will be located in the Reigate Secretariat department and will report to the Assistant Company Secretary, based in London. The primary responsibility of the role will be the management and coordination of the governance of Willis Towers Watson’s entities in the Western European region. The post holder will act as a point of contact to answer Corporate Governance questions and will be involved in promoting a consistent and high standard of governance for entities within the Western European region. In addition, the role will act as Company Secretary for (a) a small number of UK regulated entities and (b) the Trustee of the Willis Pension Scheme.
Principal Accountability
The management and coordination of the governance of Willis Towers Watson’s entities in the Western Europe region (excluding the UK and Ireland).
Conduct Risk: To put the interests of clients and the integrity of the market at the heart of the way you do business.
Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of a team located in the UK and France (currently 3 people) engaged wholly or partly in the maintenance of governance of approximately 140 entities located in the Western Europe region.
  • Ensure that entities within the Western Europe region comply fully with relevant corporate legislation and make all appropriate filings with corporate regulators on a timely basis.
  • Develop and implement consistency, simplicity and transparency among Western Europe region corporate governance.
  • Where appropriate, mentor and provide guidance to Secretariat team members engaged in corporate governance work in the Western Europe region.
  • Ensure that accurate corporate data and structure charts are maintained for entities within the Western Europe region, in particular utilising and updating the Blueprint OneWorld corporate database.
  • Assist in developing, maintaining and running on-boarding and continuing education and training programs for directors of entities within the Western Europe region.
  • With respect to the key Western Europe region holding companies, manage all aspects of corporate governance and coordinate all aspects of the board, committee and shareholder meetings. This includes attending all meetings (either in person or by phone), developing agendas, coordinating board papers and taking minutes of such meetings. To the extent applicable, this will include acting as Company Secretary.
  • Attend and support the Western Europe Controls Committee meetings.
  • Maintain effective relationships with and provide effective support and guidance to the senior management of the various businesses of Willis Towers Watson within the Western Europe region (including but not limited to the CEOs and Chief of Staffs of the Western Europe business).
  • Take a lead role in the Group-wide entity reduction programme insofar as it relates to the Western Europe region.
  • Fulfil the role of Company Secretary of a number of UK entities regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and of the Trustees of the Willis Pension Fund, arranging and minuting Board meetings and attending to any other company secretarial action required.
  • Contribute to the wider Willis Towers Watson Secretariat department, assisting in developing and maintaining good governance across the Group and the integration of the legacy Gras Savoye, legacy Willis Group and legacy Towers Watson Secretariat functions.
  • Maintain open and transparent relationships with the other members of Secretariat and other central functions, particularly Legal, Compliance and Risk, Tax, Treasury, Finance and HR.
  • A confident approach with a firm focus on achieving appropriate and consistent governance practices.
  • Good communication skills. 
  • Ability to work with and influence staff at all levels, both at the corporate centre and in different parts of the world.
  • Excellent planning, scheduling and coordination skills.
  • An anticipatory and commercial approach.
  • Aptitude for problem solving and managing projects with stretching delivery deadlines.
  • Some European travel to subsidiary board meetings will be required.
  • Chartered Secretary or Solicitor with governance and transactional experience.
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and to work with other jurisdictions, with relevant experience in providing advice to entities within a range of Western European jurisdictions being highly desirable.
  • Experienced in operating in a regulated environment, ideally in the Financial Services or the Insurance sector, is desirable but not essential.
  • Recent practical experience of delivering corporate governance solutions in a multi-national organisation is desirable.
What can we offer you?
In return you will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including; a fantastic pension scheme, life insurance, medical insurance, eye care vouchers and flexible benefits including critical illness cover, dental cover, additional life assurance, childcare vouchers, retail vouchers and many other options and Corporate deals.
Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.
We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.