Independent Members of Council

Job Title: Independent Members of Council
Location: Cranfield
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: 2894
Job Published: November 29, 2018 16:48

Job Description

Vacancy title: Independent Members of Council

Vacancy ID: 2894

Institution: Cranfield University

Area of expertise: Financial Accounting; capital projects including Land and Property Development; Digital and IT

Location: Bedfordshire

Preferred start date: May 2019

Remuneration: Voluntary position, expenses paid

Membership of Council

Council is the governing body of Cranfield University and is ultimately responsible for the strategic direction of the University, its affairs, organisational structure, finances, property and investments. Full details of Council’s powers and constitution are set out in the University’s Charter and Statutes which are based on the principles set out in the Committee of University Chairs Higher Education Code of Governance.

The Council has a majority of members from outside the University described as independent members. Also included in its membership are staff of the University and a member nominated by the student body. The composition of the Council and the procedures for appointment of members, their tenure etc., are determined by the Statutes.

Council meets at least four times a year and has four standing committees: Finance, Nominations, Remuneration and Audit. Each of these committees is formally constituted with terms of reference and comprises mainly independent members of Council.

Role Description

All Council members are required to:

  • Have a responsibility for ensuring that the Council acts in accordance with the governing instruments, as set out in the University Charter and Statutes as well as the University’s internal Ordinances, Regulations and Policies.
  • Accept collective responsibility for all decisions reached by the Council. No member is permitted to act as a representative or a delegate for another constituency. All members are required to act in the best interest of the University.
  • Attend Council and other committee meetings in order to ensure that the business of the University is appropriately conducted and that they are assured that this is being done effectively, efficiently and within the law, maintaining the financial viability of the University and safeguarding its assets, through appropriate financial controls.
  • Ensure that Council makes efficient and effective use of the resources of the University in order to fulfil its Charitable purposes (the provision of education, research and activities for the public benefit).
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that they as individuals and Council as a whole, conducts itself in accordance with accepted standards of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • ​Be responsible for ensuring that the Council exercises control over the strategic direction of the University, through an effective planning process, and that the University is properly assessed against the strategic aims and objectives which the Council has approved.
  • To have regard for the confidential and commercially valuable nature of the work of Council and take all reasonable precautions when dealing with confidential information provided in Council, and its related sub-committees and to prevent any unauthorised person from gaining access to confidential information.
  • Represent the Council and the University at external events as appropriate.

Person Specification

  • Demonstrable commitment to the proper conduct of public business and the principles of public life with a focus on Higher Education
  • The ability to commit the appropriate level of time and expertise to Council and at least one other associated Committee
  • Have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise such that their experience and qualifications enable them to perform the non-executive role appropriately
  • Currently or previously held a senior position within their workplace, profession or community (this may be or have been on a voluntary capacity) including proven management and leadership skills. This may be demonstrated through a Board Directorship or Chief Executive or Ambassador role.

Council benefits from the insights brought to it by its independent members. The Nominations Committee uses a skills and expertise matrix in order to balance the membership for the benefit of the University.

Closing Date: 10 December 2018