Overview

Goldsmiths, University of London, is seeking to appoint an independent (external/lay) member to serve on its Council for a three year period; commencing on 1 January 2018. Expressions of interest (short cover letter and CV) should be directed via email below by 09 October 2017.

The Council is the governing body of Goldsmiths. It is responsible for guiding the institution’s strategic vision and nurturing the conditions in which its mission is achieved, as well as overseeing and assisting the management of the institution’s activities. The members of the Council additionally carry the responsibilities of Trustees of the University as an exempt charity.

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest from strategic thinkers who are able to apply their professional skills and experience to the work of the Council.

At this time we are particularly interested in those with substantial experience in any or all of the following:

accounting; and
auditing.

Goldsmiths is committed to embedding equality and diversity into everything we do, and the Council is seeking to increase the diversity of its membership. With this in mind, we would particularly encourage expressions of interest from women as well as those from BAME backgrounds.

Time commitment

The term of membership for independent members of the Council is three years. In addition to attending the four to five meetings of the Council during each academic year, independent members are expected to contribute to the governance of the University by serving as a member of at least one of the committees or sub-committees of Council. It is hoped that independent members will actively participate in the wider life of the University by attending significant events at the institution.

On average, independent members should have the capacity to dedicate 40 hours during the academic year to attend the various meetings of the Council and other events at Goldsmiths.

The membership of the Council

The Council has staff, student, and independent members, of whom, the majority are independent. All members are of equal standing. Membership of the Council requires acceptance of collective responsibility for the decisions reached. Members exercise their responsibilities in the interests of the University and in accordance with the institution’s policy regarding conflicts of interest: http://www.gold.ac.uk/governance/policies/conflicts/

Further information about the specific responsibilities of the Council and its members is set out here: www.gold.ac.uk/governance/committees/council/.

**Interviews held on the 30 October in the morning**

About Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is one of the UK’s foremost universities with a world-class reputation for research, creative arts, and teaching. With strong and distinctive values, located in the global and cosmopolitan city of London, it reflects the vibrant and dynamic community in which it is embedded.