Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

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Oxford Brookes University


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Role Managed by:

Alice Hayler

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Board

Salary & Benefits: Non Applicable

Closing Date: 07/10/2020

Formal Interview Date: 3rd November

Oxford Brookes is a leading modern university, employing over 2,800 staff in a wide variety of roles, who work together to deliver high-quality, innovative approaches to learning, teaching, research and professional services. It is an ambitious, thriving institution with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. It has recently appointed Peter Vicary-Smith, the former Chief Executive of the consumer organisation Which?, as Chair of its Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is responsible for determining the overall mission and setting the educational character of the University.  The Board approved the University's eight key objectives, the academic plan, and core strategies.  The Board is also responsible for monitoring the performance of the University.  The University's accounts, found here, indicate that Oxford Brookes' financial performance is strong. The University is currently investing £220 million to redevelop its campuses. 

Oxford Brookes’ Board is currently seeking a new Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. The Committee is responsible for the successful delivery of the University’s long-term financial sustainability and effective and accountable financial processes. The University is at an important stage in its development and is on the cusp of launching the next iteration of its strategy. Much of the focus of the Committee’s work over the coming years will be on the development and delivery of the University’s estates master planning activity, and helping the University negotiate the challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 has created.

With very strong financial literacy and experience of operating at board level on matters of strategy, the new Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee will have excellent interpersonal skills and leadership ability. They will ideally, but not essentially, be a qualified accountant. Candidates will be passionate about what they do, creative and enterprising, and want to contribute to the success of Oxford Brookes University, its students, staff and the wider community.

The University has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values, and aims to be a genuinely inclusive organisation for staff, students and the wider community. Recruitment and career progression with the University are determined only by the selection criteria for the role. We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants whatever their background, especially BAME candidates whose representation in our workforce we would like to increase. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential selection criteria.

In keeping with all the non-executive roles this is an unpaid position but with appropriate expenses reimbursed. The anticipated time commitment is approximately 1 day per month. 

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification, and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details. The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) Wednesday 7th October 2020

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