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Governor Recruitment

Do you work in a professional services role in a School or Service? How about becoming a governor of the University and shaping our future direction?

The Board wants to appoint a staff governor from the professional services community for a one year term in the first instance. 

This staff governor will join a Board which comprises two students, an academic staff governor, 10 independent governors external to the University, and the Vice Chancellor.

This is a particularly interesting time to join the Board as the new regulatory framework from the Office for Students comes into force, with the student interest at its heart, and the Board wants to add the insight and perspective from a role in professional services. The time commitment is up to 20 days a year. 

The Board of Governors is the ultimate decision making body of the University.  It approves the educational character and strategic direction of the University and shapes the way in which it is directed and run by the University Executive Team. 

You can be discussing and deciding on anything from teaching and research to plans for new buildings, from student finance to the reputation of the University.

There are videos below from David Lowen, Chair of the Board and Caroline Thomas, University Secretary along with further information and links to more detail about the university’s governance.

The closing date is 10 October 2018.

Vacancy for a Governor from Professional Services Staff

David Lowen - Chair of the Board


Caroline Thomas - University Secretary


Plus Icon Eligibility

To be eligible for this vacancy you must:

  • be a member of professional services staff constituency
  • 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.
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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.  

Applicants are invited to submit a statement which sets out, in no more than 2 sides of A4, why the role is of interest and what you believe you can bring to the role. This form should be submitted with your statement as part 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 Wednesday 10 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, LS2 9EN

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 term of office will be for the academic year 2018/19, in the first instance.

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