Non-executive Recruitment

Co-opted Member for Audit & Risk Committee

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University of Suffolk
East of England
Closing date:
29th April
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
29 April 2019
Long List
7 May 2019
Preliminary Interview
8-12 May 2019
Short Listing
24 May 2019
Final Panel
28-29 May 2019


Independent Board Directors


The University of Suffolk is the UK’s newest university. We are unencumbered by history and tradition and are committed to being an advocate and an agent of change. We are strongly embedded in our local region and our close partnership with  FE Colleges is central to our identity and our vision for the future. We embrace our role in developing the local intellectual, economic and cultural resources of our communities and look to improve the long term prospects for all. 

Last year we appointed a new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Helen Langton, to take the institution through its next stages of development. We are now looking to appoint up to six non-executive Board members plus a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee. These new members will replace long serving Board members who have supported us through the institution’s development to independent university status. We are particularly looking to appoint a Deputy Chair of the Board and we will also be considering future succession planning for other senior roles on the Board.

We anticipate that our new Board members will bring a strategic outlook, considerable integrity and the personal credibility to contribute as part of an engaged and forward-thinking Board. Responsible for determining key business decisions and for monitoring organisational and executive outcomes, our new Board members will help to ensure that we continue to adopt the highest standards of governance and performance in all that we do.

Drawing on your extensive business acumen and judgement, this is an outstanding opportunity to help us achieve our regional, national and international aims. We are particularly interested in candidates with career backgrounds within Corporate Finance, Law, Education or Digital Innovation. Applicants for the Audit and Risk Committee role need to have held a senior financial management position and have an accounting qualification.

Having worked at a senior strategic level and developed a reputation for influencing others in multi-stakeholder environments, you will share our commitment to delivering excellence and delivering a sustainable university for the future.

To ensure the University is properly representative and inclusive, we are keen to increase diversity within our governance structures and would particularly welcome applications from women, individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as well as other under-represented groups.   

Should you wish to discuss any aspect further, please contact Paul Aristides, Victoria Wakerley on or 07384 118 626

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How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses your motivation in the opportunity and the skills you would you bring to the committee. 

Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Victoria Wakerley
020 7426 3977
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