Head of Strategic Governance

Department: Vice-Chancellor's Office
Salary: pro rata for part time hours
Grade: Competitive Package
Hours: Part-time
Ref: CC6537

The University of Bath commissioned an independent review of the effectiveness of the University Council. This was carried out by the Halpin Partnership and produced a range of recommendations concerning governance of the University and in the words of the Executive Summary

“It is our view that, if the University takes forward the recommendations outlined in this report, it will improve the effectiveness of Council and its committees and respond to the desire expressed by stakeholders for more open governance. Our recommendations also aim to foster a culture of transparency and participation which is a vital complement to governance structures, policies and procedures”

Key to implementing these changes is a new role for the University, a Head of Strategic Governance, accountable directly to the Chair of Council as Secretary to the University Court, Council and Convocation. They will be expected to go beyond compliance and work to ensure that Bath demonstrates good or best practice in University governance. This would include promoting a culture with a presumption in favour of disclosure, openness, transparency, consultation, communication, delegation, scrutiny and accountability.

The Head of Strategic Governance will advise on all current governance matters and provide proactive proposals on the future direction for governance in the sector. They will oversee the annual cycle of business, managing the induction and development of Council members and enhance governance across the University. 

The Head of Strategic Governance will be a senior officer with access as necessary to the Vice-Chancellor and the senior team as well as working closely with members of Court, Council and their committees. The individual will need a sound track record in a senior governance role such as Company Secretary or equivalent and have the influencing skills and experience to be able to operate effectively and command authority at senior levels and empathy with the culture, environment and purpose of a world-class academic establishment.

This new role represents an opportunity to reshape University governance, bringing in best practice from outside the sector to demonstrate how good governance can facilitate the development and success of an already outstanding University.

This role is currently scaled between 60%-80% of full-time equivalent (averaging 25 hours per week) and will require a flexible working approach to fit with the rhythm of the University governance cycle. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact either: Ruth Foreman, Acting Chair of Council (ruth.foreman@btinternet.com) or Richard Brooks, University HR Director (r.brooks@bath.ac.uk)

Closing date: Tuesday 19 March 2019.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. 


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