Non-Executive Chair

London (GB)
Oct 28, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 25, 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Arden University, which is part of the Global University Systems (GUS) group, is a modern, innovative provider of UK and international higher education. To date, it has helped over 50,000 students to achieve foundation, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a broad range of subjects. Arden University aims to make education more accessible, engaging and beneficial to people everywhere through disrupting traditional sector models. Academic provision is vocationally aligned and endorsed by several professional bodies. Learners can take part-time online or full-time blended learning courses, supported by study centres in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Berlin. Courses and timetabling are student-centric and flexible, to accommodate the high proportion of learners already in employment.

The founding Chair, Sir Tim Wilson, has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2019. Arden University is therefore looking for an outstanding individual to lead the governing body. He or she will ensure the highest standards of governance and hold the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board to account for timely delivery of the strategic plan. The Chair will ensure continued strong relationships with GUS and the Office for Students and will promote the University to current and potential stakeholders.

It is expected that the Chair will offer a relevant executive and non-executive track record in organisations of comparable scale and complexity. He or she should be a powerful and compelling advocate for Arden University, with broad-based national and/or international networks. Financial and commercial acumen is essential, as is empathy with higher education and a commitment to Arden University’s academic and access mission. Prior experience of digital delivery or edtech, though not essential, would be an asset.

The role is remunerated, with a time commitment of around 25 days per year. Further information is available at

Expressions of interest are invited by close of business on Monday 25 November 2019.

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