Deputy Chair / Chair Designate

Ref: 5387

Birmingham City University

Birmingham, England

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Role Managed by:

Fabrice Yala

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7347


Primary Practice Group: Board

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 17/01/2022

Formal Interview Date: Monday 7th March 2022 - All day

Birmingham City University has a well-deserved reputation as a vibrant and successful institution. The investment of over £340 million into the estate has created a truly astonishing environment for students and staff, in the heart of our city. Birmingham itself, with its five universities and 85,000 students, is the ‘youngest city in Europe’ with under-25s accounting for nearly 29% of its population. With 51% of our students from a BAME background, we are proud of how we represent and positively impact this wonderful city and, with Sir Lenny Henry as our Chancellor, we are truly the University for Birmingham.

The University has a reputation for widening participation and working with local communities. We welcome a broad mix of cultures and nationalities, and over half of our 26,900 students come from the city or the surrounding area. There are also over 2,600 international and EU students from around 80 countries who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the University’s student population. We have been pioneering vocational education in the city since 1843, through a series of predecessor institutions. Having achieved University status in 1992, we changed our name to Birmingham City University in 2007, reflecting our commitment to, and pride in, our home city.

Our celebrations are numerous: work is almost complete on the latest phase of our STEAMhouse project – the £60 million transformation of the 121-year-old Belmont Works, next to our City Centre Campus, into an innovation centre where artists, academics and industry can collaborate with each other. STEAM is an interdisciplinary way of thinking that combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, aimed at finding the most innovative solutions to today's challenges. The University has also joined forces with education charity IntoUniversity to develop a new £1.2 million education hub in Kingstanding, aimed at supporting more young people into higher education through a series of after-school classes, aspiration-building workshops and a mentoring programme with University students and corporate professionals. The hub was officially opened by Sir Lenny Henry, and continued to operate virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic. March 2020 saw the opening of a landmark new research centre aimed at examining diversity across the UK’s media, The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity.  

The Role

Birmingham City University’s Board of Governors has overall legal and constitutional responsibility for the conduct of the University’s affairs; it plays a vital role in raising standards through overseeing the mission and strategic direction of the University. The Board of Governors is currently led by Mark Hopton as Chair, and as he steps down from this role in 2023, Birmingham City University is currently seeking a Deputy Chair to join the Board of Governors in Spring/Summer 2022, such that they may spend approximately a year with the University before assuming the role of Chair in May 2023.

Birmingham City University is open to considering a wide range of professional backgrounds as skillsets for the role, but it is essential that the incoming Deputy Chair/ Chair Designate must share Birmingham City University’s passionate commitment to the power of education as a transformative force, to widening participation, and to the region.

Birmingham City University is being supported in this process by the University’s executive search partner, Perrett Laver. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend informal sessions and formal interviews with the selection committee and other key stakeholders at the University in February, with a view for the Deputy Chair/ Chair Designate appointment to be approved by the Board of Governors Council in Spring/Summer 2022.

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.

Completed applications should be uploaded at quoting reference number 5387. The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday 17th January 2022.

All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to Research Associate, Fabrice Yala on +44 (0)20 3928 7347 and

In accordance with the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, candidates are asked to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form on Perrett Laver’s website.


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