Non-executive Board Members - Goldsmiths, University of London
Recruiter: Goldsmiths, University of London
Location: London (Greater)
Salary: Reasonable expenses
Posted: 04 Apr 2019
Closes: 04 May 2019
Job Function: Board Member, Chair, Council Member, Governor, Lay Member, Non Executive Chair, Non Executive Director, Trustees
Industry: Creative, Education, Legal
Position Type: Voluntary / Trustee
Can you ask the difficult questions, in an institution famed for exploring challenging topics?
Can you help us prepare for the future, in a place that thrives on being at the cutting edge of new developments?
If you’re keen to take an active role in shaping the future of a truly unique higher education institution, then Goldsmiths, University of London, is keen to hear from you.
Renowned for a creative and innovative approach to teaching and research, Goldsmiths offers study and research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management.
Founded in 1891, our mission has always been to offer a transformative education experience, generating knowledge and stimulating self-discovery through intellectually critical thinking and practice.
Clearly, a lot changes in 125 years. The expectations on our governing body are considerable as the College seeks to respond to a rapidly changing regulatory and social environment. Our independent (non-executive) Council members are valued as critical friends, with an important role in holding College management to account and ensuring we are delivering on our strategy.
We need people with the passion to serve as ambassadors for Goldsmiths, championing the work of our staff and students across relevant sectors and helping us retain our international reputation for creativity and innovation.
We are currently looking to recruit up to four independent Council members, and we are particularly keen to hear from you if you have experience in any of the following areas:
- Higher Education policy and/or quality and standards
- Marketing and/or public relations
- Human resources and organisational change
- Technical audit experience
- Governance and/or legal and regulatory compliance
- Creative industries
Goldsmiths has a genuine and active commitment to embedding equality and diversity into everything it does, and is keen to ensure a diverse range of perspectives are reflected on its Council. As such, expressions of interest from women, those who identify as LGBTQ+ or BAME, as well as residents of Lewisham and the local area are particularly encouraged.
The term of appointment will run for a three-year period commencing 1 September 2019.
Enquiries and expressions of interest (short cover letter and CV) should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of 3 May 2019. Interviews will be held on the week commencing 22 May.
Candidates should expect to dedicate an average of two days a month to the role. This commitment is reflected in preparing for and attending the five to six meetings of Council each year, participating in one or more of the Council’s committees, and engaging with the wider life of the College.
All new members will be provided with a thorough induction to the college, their role, and the wider higher education governance landscape. The College Secretariat are available to support Members and ensure they have the information, training, and guidance necessary to feel confident in their role.
Council meetings are typically scheduled on weekday afternoons and continue into the evening, whereas committee meetings take place during the working day.
The role is non-remunerated, however members my claim reasonable expenses and have access to a wide variety of training and development opportunities.
As a member of the College community you will also be encouraged to attend formal events as well as the rich range of other opportunities on campus, from graduation ceremonies and art exhibitions to public lectures and cinema screenings.
Members carry the responsibilities of Trustees of the College as an exempt charity. If selected for the role, individuals will be required to complete a declaration that they are a ‘fit and proper’ person as defined within the Public Interest Governance Principles set out by our regulator, the Office for Students.
Further information about the responsibilities of the Council can be found on our website: https://www.gold.ac.uk/governance/committees/council/
A brochure with more specific details about the role is available here: https://www.gold.ac.uk/media/documents-by-section/about-us/governance/governance---general/Council-Brochure.pdf