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Governor Recruitment

Members of the Board of Governors are charity trustees in law. The membership comprises independent Governors; staff and student Governors; and the Vice Chancellor, who is the only executive member of the Board.

Mr David Lowen is the Chair of the Board. He was appointed in December 2014 and is currently serving a second 3 year term of office which ends in 2020. The Board holds four business meetings each year and usually one or two away days, which focus on important strategic matters. The Board delegates some of it's business to standing committees, which meet around four times a year. All meetings of the Board and its committees are held on Fridays. 

Audit Committee;
Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee;
Governance & Nominations Committee
Senior Staff Remuneration Committee.

Vacancy for a Governor from Professional Services Staff: 

Plus Icon Eligibility

To be eligible for this vacancy you must:

  • be a member of professional services staff constituency, holding a 0.5 or above contract
  • be able to commit up to 20 days per year. This includes availability to attend the majority of the scheduled dates for the Board of Governors and Governance & Nominations Committee meetings.
  • have the support from your Director of Service or Dean of School* 

*applications directly from Directors of Service should seek support from their University Executive Team sponsor.

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Understanding of the sector and the University
• An affinity with the values of higher education

• Empathy with the vision and values of the University

• A commitment to widening access and equality of opportunity

Personal attributes

• Sound judgement

• Ability to grasp complex issues quickly

• Ability to support and challenge constructively and to work effectively with other governors and members of the Executive

• Excellent communication and listening skills

Professional attributes
• Ability to work effectively in an environment that is driven by public policy 

• Ability to observe the highest standards of governance and sustain a culture of transparency, accountability and collective responsibility

• Ability to contribute independent judgment and demonstrate expertise in at least one of the following areas to promote the success and sustainability of the University:
o Regulatory compliance
o Budget and resource management
o Human resource strategy and management 
o Management of change
o Project management
o Strategic communications
o Customer-oriented marketing and delivering customer focused services
o Information technology
o Digital literacy
o The legal profession
o Accountancy, audit or strategic finance
o The health profession
o Governance
o Graduate skills, training, and employment
o Estate development and management

• This experience could be within or beyond the higher education sector, in an employment or voluntary capacity.
Plus Icon Appointment Process and how to Apply

The Board is committed to having an open and competitive recruitment process as a principle of good governance.  In keeping with this, all professional services staff are eligible for appointment to the vacancy.

We aspire to ensure that our Board is fully representative of the diverse community that makes up our university. Nominations from women, and from black and minority ethnic candidates would be particularly welcome as members of these groups are currently under-represented amongst our governor membership.  
Applications are invited in the form of an expression of interest and should detail, in no more than 2 sides of A4, why the role is of interest and what you believe you can bring to the role. The pro forma should also be attached to the cover of your application. 
All candidates will be invited to attend a formal discussion with a small panel comprising a majority of independent governors.  Candidates will be considered for appointment against the criteria outlined above.

The deadline for applications is Friday 05 October 2018 with the formal discussions taking place on Friday 02 November 2018.  

Your application should be addressed to David Lowen, Chair of the Board at Governance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

 If you would prefer to apply by post, please send your applications to:

David Lowen, Chair of the Board
Old Broadcasting House
City Campus
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Caroline Thomas, University Secretary to arrange a time.

The successful candidate will receive a full and comprehensive induction.  

Please note: This role is unremunerated and its terms of office will be for the academic year 2018/19, pending the outcomes of the Board effectiveness review.

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