External Member of the Council

Ref: 6125

University of Cambridge


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Role Managed by:

Danielle WIllard-Kyle

Research Associate

t: 020 3928 7341

e: danielle.wk@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: N/A

Closing Date: 10/10/2022

Formal Interview Date: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend formal interviews in November 2022.

The University of Cambridge is seeking two external members (akin to ‘Non-Executive Directors’) of the University Council, the principal executive and policy making body of the University. This is a rare opportunity for two individuals to join the governing body of a University that delivers extraordinary outcomes for the world through the pursuit of knowledge, and which aims to use its global influence and impact for the improvement of society.

We are looking for individuals who have held senior posts within organisations of significant scale and complexity, and who can demonstrate relevant leadership experience. Candidates will demonstrate alignment with the values of the University and its positive impact on society through education and research. An international perspective and experience of varying forms of organisational governance environments would be desirable.

The University has 24,000 students (of whom 40 per cent are not UK-nationals), and employs about 12,000 people in over 150 departments, faculties, and institutes. It has an annual income of £2.2 billion, of which approximately £760 million is the combined turnover of Cambridge University Press & Assessment. The University Council comprises 24 members, of whom four are external members. External members serve for a term of four years, potentially renewable once. All members of the Council are also Trustees of the University as a charity.

Starting on 1 January 2023, one appointment will be for an initial period of four years until 31 December 2026. The other appointment is to fill an unexpected vacancy with a remaining term of two years, although the University is hoping to ratify the appointment for a full term of four years until 31 December 2026.  Both appointments are potentially renewable for another full term of four years thereafter.

The University is aiming for greater diversity throughout the institution at all levels. This is equally a priority in the governance of the University, and hence is a key aim in this appointment.

To express an interest in the post of External Member of the University Council, please upload your application to Perrett Laver’s website https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 6125. The closing date for applications is Monday 10th October 2022.