Dec 052019
 

2 Non-Executive Directors - Falmouth MAT

Recruiter: Academy Ambassadors
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall (GB)
Salary: Unpaid/voluntary
Posted: 03 Dec 2019
Closes: 17 Dec 2019
Ref: Falmouth Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Accounting, Finance
Sector: Education
Contract Type: Voluntary / Trustee

About the trust

Currently, Falmouth MAT oversees the education provision of circa 1,777 Nursery to Secondary aged pupils. The trust has a combined annual income of circa £8m and 300 employees.

King Charles Primary School received an Ofsted inspection outcome of ‘Good’ in 2014 and St Francis CofE Primary received an outcome of ‘Outstanding’ in 2012; however, Falmouth School was judged as ‘inadequate with serious weaknesses’ at its most recent inspection in May 2019. Since then the board has overseen a change in leadership with a new Interim CEO starting in post on 18 November 2019 and a number of other key appointments including a new, School Improvement Partner and a new, full-time SENDCo wef January 2020 to increase leadership capacity and support from external expertise. The trust board’s membership has also been refreshed and proactive in addressing the identified improvement priorities alongside working with the Department for Education to find a new academy sponsor to secure long-term stability and certainty for pupils, parents and staff. N.B. This means that this board opportunity is for a time limited period only and expected to end no later than 31 August 2020.

Plans for the future

The trust recently published a statement to parents/carers from the Chair of Trustees, on behalf of the Board as part of the Weekly Newsletter dated 1 November which can be viewed at the end of: http://upload.reactcdn.co.uk/falmouth/uploads/asset_file/Whole_School_Newsletter_1_November_2019.pdf

The trust aims to continue engaging with all stakeholders to oversee the smooth transition of all three academies, their respective pupils and staff, into a new academy sponsor no later than 1 September 2020.

Trust ethos & values

At the core of the trust is the ethos is ‘putting our Learners first’, enabling pupils and adults to flourish so that all pupils achieve their best. At this basis of this are their core values: ‘Aspire, achieve, respect and enrich’. Each school has its own individuality but work together to improve the life chances of the young people of the Falmouth area. They seek to improve learning experiences, assessment, professional development of staff and governors, cost effectiveness, as well as access to shared expertise and specialist resources.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for NED role 1 includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • CFO/ Finance/Qualified Accountant
    • Corporate Governance
  • Desirable
    • Audit
    • Safeguarding
    • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director

The strategic expertise required for NED role 2 includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • Change Management
    • Restructure/Turnaround
    • Corporate Governance
  • Desirable
    • Safeguarding
    • Corporate Communications
    • Previous experience as a non-executive trustee or company director

Time commitment

1.5 days per month minimum. The board usually meets on a termly basis but, due to the planned change in strategic direction, additional meetings will be convened to manage urgent business as required.

Location of board meetings and trust website

The Board usually meets at Falmouth School TR11 4LH on Friday mornings but may elect to rotate some meetings to other trust academies also located in Falmouth. https://www.falmouthmat.org.uk/

Governance structure

https://www.falmouthmat.org.uk/governance

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 33% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 900 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme, which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2020

Dec 042019
 

Trustees - Sue Ryder Council

Location: London and Various
Date Posted: 02/12/2019
Closing Date: 08/01/2020
Pro Bono

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – we’re there when it matters. Our doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.

Halfway through an ambitious five year strategic plan, we have embarked on significant expansion and development of end-of-life care services, and the repositioning and growth of our neurological services. We are developing a new state-of-the-art neurological care centre in Preston to open in 2020 and a new specialist care centre in Aberdeen. We have also launched a cultural programme to ensure all our staff and volunteers are empowered, mobilised and fulfilled by their experience of being part of Sue Ryder and able to contribute effectively.

We are looking to add to our Trustee Council and currently seek senior individuals with board level experience, one of whom will bring expertise of commercial property, leasing and development. The other Trustee will be a senior health leader who will bring a deep and strategic understanding of the health system in the UK, how care is commissioned as well as knowledge of the wider health policy environment.

New Trustees will be of an exceptional calibre, will bring extensive experience, strong insight and a deep commitment to Sue Ryder’s mission and vision.

Reflecting the diverse communities that we are proud to serve, Sue Ryder is very much committed to widening the diversity of its leadership and board. We actively and warmly encourage applications therefore from a broad and deep range of backgrounds and experiences.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Sue Ryder on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference UAHAV. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 8th January.

Dec 042019
 

Non-Executive Director Corporate Services -The University of Sheffield

Location: Sheffield
Date Posted: 02/12/2019
Closing Date: 13/01/2020

AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO SHAPE OUR FUTURE

Ranked 13th in the UK and 75th in the world by the QS World University Rankings, we are home to a truly global and diverse community of over 29,000 students and the only University listed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For.

Our Professional Services team play a vital role in supporting our exciting academic mission and you can therefore play an essential part in our future when you join us as Executive Director of Corporate Services. As a member of the University Executive Board, you will oversee the coordination of eight key professional service departments, inspiring a culture of innovation and continuous improvement across a newly created portfolio. Working closely with academic colleagues and the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, you will play a critical role in helping shape the future of our institution. Leading a transformative approach to service improvement and major project delivery during an unprecedented period of change for the higher education sector.

With a significant track record of leading change in a large or complex organisation, you will possess the intellectual capacity, emotional intelligence and influencing skills to engage effectively with a broad range of diverse audiences. A relevant management qualification, underpinned by sustained experience of delivering success in one (and ideally more) of the service areas covered by this post, will be essential; as will a good understanding of the challenges faced by the Higher Education sector (or the ability to quickly develop such an understanding). Above all, a commitment to the mission, values and ethos of the University, and the communities it serves, will be vital.

This is your chance to make a far-reaching impact on the continuing success of the University and enhance the life outcomes of our students.

Closing date: 5pm Monday 13th January 2020

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

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Nov 252019
 

Non-Executive Director - Surrey Choices

Location: Surrey
Date Posted: 19/11/2019
Closing Date: 13/12/2019
£6000 pa

Surrey Choices is a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) now in its 6th year of trading, supporting adults with disabilities across Surrey. We are on a strong footing, having recently signed an extended contract with Surrey County Council based on a joint 5-year strategy, and we have recently started out on an exciting journey of transformation, innovation and business development.

We want to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities to achieve the same as everyone else: A home of their own, something meaningful to do and someone to love. Our role is to provide creative and sustainable support which enables people to live active and healthy lives in their local communities in ways that they choose. Our Core Values guide how we work and inform our decision making.

The Surrey Choices Board oversees the direction and performance of the company, working closely with the Managing Director and Executive Team and in collaboration with senior officers and Members of Surrey County Council. To help us drive our Joint Strategic Plan we are looking for two exceptional individuals who can add value and passion to our purpose, and strategic and entrepreneurial rigour to our direction of travel.

To complement our existing Board, we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals with previous experience of helping socially conscious businesses to transform and to grow, who will be confident and supportive collaborators. Previous board experience is desirable and a commitment to good governance in a complex environment is essential.

For an informal, confidential discussion please contact Mette Le Jakobsen, Managing Director, on 07885 367850 or email mette.jakobsen@surreychoices.com

Closing date: Friday 13 December 2019

To apply: Please send your CV and a Personal Statement setting out how your experience and talents make you the perfect candidate for the role by an email to hr.team@surreychoices.com

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and have an equal opportunities policy. If you need any reasonable adjustments during the interview process or to undertake this role due to disability, please do not hesitate to discuss with us.

Surrey Choices is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of customers and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

Nov 232019
 

Trustee - Nesta

Recruiter: Nesta
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 22 Nov 2019
Closes: 08 Dec 2019
Job Function: Trustees
Industry: Charities

Nesta brings bold ideas to life to change the world for good.

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality. It also means changing lives for the better. We tackle challenges through our unique combination of expertise, skills and funding. Our approach is practical and collaborative, driven by a rigorous use of evidence and data, emerging technology and the power of people.

We work in areas where there are big challenges facing society, from the frontiers of personalised healthcare to stretched public services and a fast-changing jobs market. Nesta’s core mission is innovation for social good in the UK but we also collaborate with partners around the globe to learn, test and bring bold ideas to life.

Formerly NESTA, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, we were established in 1998 with a £250m endowment from the UK National Lottery. In 2012 we became an independent charity and our endowment has now grown to £430m. This is a hugely exciting time for NESTA, with a new CEO, Ravi Gurumurthy, joining at the end of this year there will be a new strategy development period in 2020.

We are now looking to appoint three exceptional Trustees to replace three Trustees whose terms come to an end in 2020, including the Chair of Finance and Audit Committee. The Trustees support the Executive team, guiding their decision-making on strategic issues, holding them to account for their leadership of the organisation and guiding them to deliver Nesta’s charitable objectives.

The ideal candidates will be innovative, creative thought partners who have a deep passion for innovation in the broadest sense and the energy and creativity to maximise Nesta’s impact. You will act as an ambassador for Nesta, be a committed member of the Board and supportive of the Executive team.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join the Board of a trailblazing organisation that is working to advance innovation worldwide to change lives for the better.

Nesta recognises the enormous benefits of diverse leadership. We actively and warmly encourage applications therefore from a broad and deep range of backgrounds and experiences.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Nesta on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference OUWI. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0800 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on 8th December 2019.

Nov 232019
 

Governors - Hayes School

Hayes School is looking for Governors to join the Governing Body

Hayes School is a stand-alone academy, rated as ‘good in all areas’ by Ofsted in October 2019.

It is a happy, thriving primary school in the seaside town of Paignton. There are approximately 450 children on roll including nursery children. The children are mixed ability with two classes per year group.

We have an established Governing Body and associated Committees. The Board manages the business of the Trust and its focus is on the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing financial performance and making sure money is well spent.

Who we are looking for:

Strategic thinkers who are dedicated to supporting our school through effective governance. We are especially interested in individuals with experience gained at a senior level with a background in finance, law, education or asset utilisation, income generation, organisational design and cultural change, transformational change and external relations.

Requirements for new Trustees

  • Experience in Finance, Human Resources, Legal Services and/or Business Management;
  • An interest in Primary School education;
  • Able to attend at least 6 meetings a year;
  • Dedication to the role and to providing both support and challenge to senior leaders.

Desirable

  • Finance expertise; ideally with knowledge of auditing businesses and/or charities.
  • Human Resource Management expertise
  • Legal expertise; ideally in contract law
  • Academia; with teaching or education experience and an interest in improving the student experience of education;
  • Strategic Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Chairing
  • Non-executive director
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel to the Trust schools, and attend meetings as required.

Directors are not paid though reasonable expenses are met. Governors serve for four years, after which they can ask to be re-elected or stand down.

To apply for the post, please send your CV and a short expression of interest to Allison Grant, Clerk to Governors, by email at: agrant@hayes.torbay.sch.uk or call 075844 36093 for more details.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th December 2019 at 12 noon.

Nov 232019
 

Chair - People's Vote

Recruiter: Attenti Executive Recruitment Services
Location: Central London
Salary: £60K pa
Posted: 21 Nov 2019
Closes: 15 Dec 2019
Position/Level: Board, CEO, Managing Director
Responsibilities: Executive Management, Risk / Compliance, Strategy
Sector: Government, Not for Profit / Charity, Other, Public Sector
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English

PV Campaign Ltd (People’s Vote) is the holding name of the organisation that aims to unify the main pro-European organisations into a single legal entity and become the designated pro-European referendum campaign if such a referendum is called. The People’s Vote board currently comprises Anne Weyman, Geeta Sidhu-Robb, Richard Reed and Roland Rudd.

If the Conservatives fail to win a majority in the General Election, there will probably be a referendum. In that scenario, we must hit the ground running. We are therefore delighted to open the selection process to recruit a Non-Executive Chair.

The Chair will establish and develop a Board, support the Chief Executive in the creation of a new organisation, and in the delivery of an effective, unified campaign. To be successful you will have a proven track record of strategic leadership, a sophisticated understanding of governance and board development, and a passion for the cause of keeping the UK in the EU. Unquestionable integrity, resilience, political sensitivity, superb communication skills, and a high degree of emotional intelligence are a must.

Although this is a non-executive role, the Chair must be prepared to make the campaign their highest priority. This is a crucial role, leading a new organisation that could change the course of British history. For more information and how to apply, please visit our website.

For an informal and confidential discussion, after having read the appointment brief, please feel free to contact our advising consultants Jim Banks on 07787 004 768 or David Fielding on 07810 507 235 at Attenti.

Closing date for applications: 15th December 2019.

Nov 222019
 

Trustee - Unity Multi Academy Trust

Business / Organisation Name: Unity Multi Academy Trust
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-profit
Business / Organisation Type: Foundation or Trust
Role Title: Trustee
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Unity Multi Academy Trust (Company Number 11035866) is a special needs education academy trust based in Coleshill, West Midlands. The Trust currently consists of two schools providing education for 400 pupils across its two sites: Woodlands School, Coleshill and Brooke School, Rugby. The Trust is looking to recruit up to 5 Trustees/Non-Executive Directors ideally with HR, legal and business and commercial skills to join the Board of Trustees. These are voluntary positions. The Board meets 4 times a year and its Finance and Audit Committee meets 3 times a year. Board meetings are held at both schools on a rotational basis.

We encourage active engagement of Trustees with the work of the Trust, so candidates with connections to the region are especially welcome.

About the Trust

Unity Multi Academy Trust consists of two ‘good’ schools in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Both schools educate pupils between the ages of 3 – 19. The Trust has a SEND and Additional Support Needs focus and specialises in meeting the educational needs of children and young people with a range of learning difficulties including those with autism, visual impairment and physical and sensory needs. The Trust works closely with families to identify and meet the needs of young people.

Ethos and Values

The Trust’s ethos focusses upon placing children and families at the heart of everything it undertakes. It is mutually supportive and accepts that no one school is more important than another and that resources are shared for the common good of all schools. Each academy school celebrates the success of others and there is shared accountability and understanding of ultimate responsibilities. The Trust is committed to school improvement and shared system leadership. Trustees are committed to fulfilling their delegated responsibilities and are financially disciplined and uphold the agreed financial principles.

Role Summary

Trustees/Non-Executive Directors are both Charity Trustees and co-directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategy, and
  • to hold the executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The Trust Board manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objectives, company and charitable law.

Expertise required for this role includes:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Commercial/Business

Desirable

  • an interest in special educational needs and disability
  • experience in growth management
  • safeguarding experience
  • background in education

Person specification

Every Trustee is expected to abide by the Trust’s Code of Conduct and the Nolan Seven Principles of Public Life:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governance-handbook

Governance Structure

Time Commitment

The Unity Trust Board meets 4 times per year for meetings lasting 2 hours. The Finance and Audit Committee meets 3 times per year for meetings lasting between 90 minutes to 2 hours. The general time commitment is expected to be in the region of 6 - 8 hours per month.
Induction

An induction pack is available from the clerk/company secretary Maria Page page.m1@welearn365.com

Application Details

Contact Names: Tracy Pearce, CEO, Unity Multi Academy Trust
Dr Jayne Matthews, Chair of the Trust Board

Contact Email: pearce.t1@welearn365.com
matthews.j1@welearn365.com

Closing date: 19th December 2019

Nov 192019
 

The Co-op - Member Nominated Director

Recruiter: The Co-op
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Not Specified
Posted: 17 Nov 2019
Closes: 18 Dec 2019
Job Function: Director
Industry: Retail / FMCG

Applications for our 2020 Member Nominated Director Elections are now open.​

There are four member nominated directors (MNDs) on the Co-op Board.

Each year, one or more MNDs are chosen by Co-op Members through an election process that concludes at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

For 2020, we have one vacancy. The deadline for applying is midday on Wednesday 18 December, 2019.

Apply now

The role

MNDs bring the voices of Co-op Members to the boardroom. To do this, they:

  • help set our business strategy
  • oversee commercial and financial performance
  • ensure co-operative values and principles remain at the heart of our Co-op.
  • meet with members and the Co-op’s Members’ Council to hear their views.
  • amplify our co-op difference alongside carrying out their fiduciary duties.

Who can apply

Candidates need to meet both the eligibility and membership criteria.

The eligibility requirements are linked to skills, experience and empathy with co-operative values and principles.

The membership criteria includes:

  • having been a Co-op Member for at least three years prior to submitting a nomination.
  • accruing at least 1,000 trading points in the current financial year.

In exceptional circumstances, the membership criteria may be waived.

Candidates need:

  • an accomplished track record at an equivalent level in a substantial organisation.
  • awareness of the strategic and operational challenges of a business of the size and complexity of our Co-op.
  • to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a business of the scale and complexity of our Co-op.
  • integrity, independence and empathy with our values and principles, which can be evidenced in actions and behaviours.
  • the ability to contribute, at board level, on a range of commercial and financial issues.
  • to be able to develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with our Members’ Council.
  • experience of risk management and strategic engagement
  • a commitment to best-in-class governance and oversight

Time commitment

Our MNDs play an active role as part of our Board and in engaging with our Members’ Council; the time commitment for this role is 3-4 days a month. However, to be fully involved with the Co-op’s businesses and its Members’ Council, the time needed will be greater.

The Board meets monthly in Manchester, with occasional meetings at business locations.

The remuneration is commensurate with the roles and responsibilities.

The term of office is three years from the date of election.

2020 applicants

If you’re shortlisted, in order to meet regulatory requirements, you’ll need to provide further information for background screening checks. We have regulated entities within our group and your appointment may be subject to any relevant regulatory approvals.

Apply now

If you need help, or require further information you can email us at mndelections@coop.co.uk.

To help you fill in the forms, we’ve prepared guidance notes and supplementary information.

Here are the documents and regulations that support the Member Nominated Director nomination process:

Nov 152019
 

Appointment of Independent Council Members - University of Sussex

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: Brighton
Salary: Unremunerated Non-Executive Trustee
Posted: 14 Nov 2019
Closes: 09 Dec 2019
Ref: 74622
Job Function: Council Member
Industry: Education
Position Type: Voluntary / Trustee

The distinctive ethos on which Sussex was established more than 50 years ago remains at the heart of the University. The traditions of creativity, interdisciplinarity, innovation and intellectual rigour – in both education and research – continue to play an important part in who we are. Building on this, and against a backdrop of change in higher education, Sussex is forging a new destiny for itself. Our aim is to reimagine the pioneering spirit of our founders for new times and a new generation.

‘Sussex 2025’ is an ambitious, bold and distinctive strategic framework, underpinned by thematic and school strategies. It is designed to guide the institution to 2025 and beyond, keeping us true to our original purpose whilst being ready for the challenges of our own times. Sussex has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation that has made a difference to the lives of students, and those who benefit from our research and wider endeavours. We will build on these achievements and evolve as a better University, dedicated to making a better world.

Under the Royal Charter of 1961 that established the University of Sussex, the Council is the governing body of the University. The University is proud of the diversity and calibre of its Council, with members drawn from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a breadth of experience is brought to debate and discussion.

Council seeks to appoint two independent members to take up seats from March 2020. This will be a stimulating and challenging time to join Council, as we look to build on the past and redefine Sussex’s distinctiveness for the 21st century.

Members of Council are expected to demonstrate proven leadership skills gained at board level, either through professional roles or volunteer experience, whether executive or non-executive, have a strong commitment to higher education in general and to the goals and objectives of the University of Sussex in particular, and an understanding of the complexity of university governance and of the strategic, political and economic context in which the University operates.

We welcome expressions of interest from most walks of life, and would be particularly interested in applications from candidates who can:

  • Support Council’s understanding of the potential of new and disruptive technologies to education
  • Strengthen bonds to our local community
  • Bring strategic HR leadership experience

The University of Sussex is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the Council’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.

Being a Council member at the University of Sussex is a highly rewarding voluntary role. In the spirit of charity trustees, our members of Council are not remunerated, but members may reclaim all reasonable travelling and similar expenses incurred in the course of University business. Council meets three times a year for meetings over a full day plus a briefing the night before. Independent members are also expected to join one sub-committee which will meet between three to five times per year. Most meetings take place on campus. Members of Council may be re-appointed for three periods up to a maximum of nine years’ service.

For further information, including details of how to apply, please click here.

Closing date: Monday 9th December 2019 at 1200.