Three years, renewable for further three year term
Cirencester, Glos
Play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Royal Agricultural University at a time of major transformation.

The Royal Agricultural University has been at the forefront of worldwide agricultural education since its foundation as the Royal Agricultural College in 1845.  A full University since 2013, we have some 1,200 students from more than 40 different countries studying a range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes at our historic campus at Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds.  The RAU has a network of alumni who have shaped the landscape of land management and agri-business around the world.

The University is going through a period of significant change since the recent appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joanna Price.  Our new strategy will build on the University’s long-standing contribution to education and knowledge exchange for the land-based sector and ensure that in a rapidly changing world the RAU influences thinking, practice and policy nationally and globally while playing an increasingly important role in supporting the local economy and communities.

As our new Chair of Governing Council, you will be absolutely key to driving this process forward.

Leading the Governing Council, you will promote its effective operation whilst ensuring that members work collaboratively and have confidence in the procedures laid down for the conduct of business. Another major responsibility will be to ensure, along with the Vice-Chancellor and the senior executive team, that the University is a diverse community, develops strong connections and partnerships and is fully represented with its stakeholders, extensive alumni network and other external bodies.

With a keen understanding of the multiple business drivers that underpin strategic development, you should bring extensive Board experience and will ideally have chaired the Board of an Institution of comparable size and complexity, though not necessarily in the education sector.

A background of playing an influential role in the agri-food/environment or land management sector would be a key advantage, as would experience in business or finance.

If you are interested in applying for this significant transformational role, please contact us. We will send you a comprehensive briefing pack with full details of the Royal Agricultural University and the role.

Informal discussions are welcomed. Please contact the Chairman of the Search Committee and Deputy Chairman of Governing Council, Professor Michael Osbaldeston at michael.osbaldeston@cranfield.ac.uk or the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jo Price at jo.price@rau.ac.uk

To apply, please send a current CV together with a covering letter detailing how your experience and qualifications suit you for the role, along with your interest and motivation for applying, plus details of two referees. Forward this to: the People Team, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JS or via email to people.team@rau.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 21st July 2017

Final panel interviews will be held on Friday, 15th September 2017

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About Royal Agricultural University

The RAU offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes with a focus on combining academic rigor with practical application across a range of academic disciplines.  Courses are managed and taught by experienced staff and specialist consultants, many of whom are still engaged in professional practice.


Students can choose from more than 30 different degrees, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Well-established undergraduate degrees include Rural Land Management, Real Estate, Agriculture, Food Production and Supply Management, Business and Enterprise, Environment, and International Equine and Agricultural Business Management.  In some subjects, there is also the opportunity for students to progress from Foundation to BSc Honours degrees.  At postgraduate level the RAU offers a range of taught MSc programmes.


The University offers a stimulating learning environment designed to address the changing needs of the employment market by combining high academic standards with practically applied research, enhanced by strong industry links.  As a result, the RAU produces leaders and innovators across the land- based industries.