Chair to the Court of Governors and Pro-Chancellor

Ref: 4870

University of Westminster


Role Managed by:

Ilona Motyer

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Board

Salary & Benefits: Unremunerated

Closing Date: 17/01/2021

Formal Interview Date: 16th and 17th February 2021

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The University of Westminster has a long and distinctive history. Founded over 180 years ago as the London’s first polytechnic institution, it has become known for the many ways in which it helps students to realise their full potential, regardless of background. Westminster’s founding values are to be progressive and questioning, with a spirit that reflects its location at the heart of a world city which is home to diverse communities and which has global reach. Now with more than 19,000 students from 166 nations, it provides teaching that is practical, relevant and contemporary. Its grounded, holistic education with wide horizons and opportunities helps create graduates who fuel growth and prosperity, and ultimately become good citizens of the world.

The Court of Governors is the institution’s governing body. It is ultimately responsible for the effective conduct of the activities of our University, including strategic development, educational character and mission, and financial health. The members of the Court of Governors are the directors and members of the company, and the Trustees of the charity.

The current Chair to the Court of Governors will step down in October 2021. The University is therefore seeking a new Chair who will have a strong personal alignment to the values, aims and objectives of the University. An inclusive leader with an unfailing commitment to equality and diversity, you will celebrate Westminster’s difference and proudly support the institution to further our mission to transform students’ lives and enable significant societal impact. You will ensure that the business of the governing body is carried out efficiently and effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business, showing due prudence and reflectiveness. As an ambassador for the institution, you will represent the Court and University externally. The University is particularly keen to identify those who will have the courage and conviction to think differently and dynamically, and who will connect with our colleagues and students. With exceptional people skills and clear passion, you will demonstrate your ability to command respect and to inspire.

Westminster will be delighted to hear from those who share its ambition, energy and commitment; who look forwards and outwards, continue to challenge with imagination and insight; and who embrace its culture of support, encouragement, and responsibility. For more information about the University of Westminster, please visit our website:

The appointment is for three years in the first instance and is unremunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 17th January 2021. Please see candidate pack for details of other key dates.

The University of Westminster is actively committed to the principles of equality and inclusion and is working hard to increase the diversity of its workforce. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly women, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and disabled people.

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