Lay Member of Council - Finance

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University of Bradford
Closing date:
4th July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Midnight, 4th July
Long listing
8th July
Preliminary interviews
w/c 12th July
Short listing
19th July
Final panel
29th and 30th July


Lay (External) Council Members, University of Bradford

Term: The appointment will be for a first term of office of three years.

Time Commitment: Council meets seven times each year, normally September, November, February, May, and July, including a two-day residential in October and a strategic away day in April.

Salary: The role is unremunerated. Reasonable expenses incurred in the course of University business will be reimbursed in line with University policy.

Closing Date: 4th July 2021.

The University of Bradford has publicly stated the intent to become an anti-racist university that is leading the way to build a world of inclusion, ranked 1st in the country in social mobility index and was University of Year for Social Inclusion in 2020. It is home to the Centre for Inclusion & Diversity an internationally recognised cross-institutional Centre of Excellence for providing an evidence base for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion interventions in public, private and third sector organisations.

The University is seeking to recruit new lay (external) members to Council, the overarching governing body.  Council’s remit includes overall responsibility for the University’s mission and strategic vision, ensuring that it is effectively managed with appropriate planning for future developments, overseeing financial sustainability and compliance, plus ensuring that the interests of key stakeholders are met. 

Lay members of University Council bring to the Council’s deliberations knowledge, expertise, judgement, and balance from an independent, detached, external view.  They will possess the ability to challenge constructively and rigorously and to contribute at a strategic level, combined with the ability to listen sensitively to the views of others.

At this time, the University is particularly interested in applications from individuals with strong expertise in Finance, such as a qualified accountant who brings a balance between sensitivity to public sector values and a strong commercial background. 

This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role in informing the University’s strategy and guiding the University towards achieving its ambitions, but also to act as an ambassador for the University and to champion the strong values for which it stands.

The University is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups.

To find out more about this role, and how to apply, please click on the link below. For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please contact Ross Highfield on 07891 138 886 or

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