Chair of Council

Job Title: Chair of Council
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: Expenses paid
Reference: 4568
Contact Name: Harriet Howlett
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 05, 2020 09:30

Job Description

The University of East Anglia, based in Norwich, is looking for a new Chair of Council to lead it into the next strategic phase of development. Already highly ranked in the UK and the world, and leading in a number of fields like climate change, bioscience and creative writing, you will help keep the University’s values centre stage as it grows and changes in response to local, regional and global challenges, whilst ensuring student and staff success.


Our UEA values (Collaboration, Respect, Empowerment and Ambition), were shaped by staff and represent a core set of standards for how we behave as an employer, drive excellence in teaching, learning and research, and collaborate as an anchor institution in our local community.  From tacking global challenges, striving for student and staff success and creating a vibrant inclusive and sustainable environment, our values are what unite us.


Founded in 1963, the University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based University with a reputation for academic excellence and rigour within a supportive ethos. The University is situated in 320 acres of parkland on the outskirts of the medieval city of Norwich. This location and striking modern campus provide an outstanding quality of life, and the University’s enthusiastic atmosphere and willingness to explore new ideas makes UEA a special place to work. UEA is known for top-quality research and teaching in a wide variety of areas and holds TEF Gold.

At the heart of UEA’s innovative thinking is the principle of interdisciplinarity which has shaped the intellectual environment, education and wider impact of each of its four Faculties. The University has over 17,000 students, c. 4,000 staff and a turnover of £280 million. UEA is governed by a Council that approves the mission and strategic vision of the University as well as its long-term academic and business plans.  A key priority for the University over the next fifteen years is delivering a very challenging Estates Strategy whilst maintaining academic activity.

The Role

The University is seeking a new Chair of Council. The Chair is required to lead the Council as it provides robust governance, counsel and insight in support of the University remaining forward-thinking and responsive to future challenges and competition. The Chair ensures that the Council has the necessary skills to govern the University effectively.

The Chair will have governance experience and skills, ideally with prior experience of acting as chair. They will have experience of acting in a senior leadership position within an organisation of relative scale and complexity to UEA. The University welcomes applications from those across the public, private and third sectors. Importantly, the Chair will have a strong commitment to the vision, mission and values of UEA, with a deep passion to the power and education of research to transform lives, societies and cultures.

UEA believes that a diverse range of perspectives at board level is essential for an organisation’s legitimacy, effectiveness and competitiveness. The University therefore strongly encourages applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity of its governance.

The time commitment for the position is 4-5 days per month and the position is unremunerated but reasonable expenses are paid. 


How to Apply

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification, and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

Completed applications should be uploaded at quoting reference number 4568. The closing date for applications is midday (GMT) Wednesday 2nd December. All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to Harriet Howlett on +44 (0) 20 7340 6274 and


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