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Independent Chair, Governance Review

Oxford, Oxfordshire (GB)
Closing date
29 Apr 2022

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Academic Discipline
Law, Social Sciences
Job Type
Professional Services, Other Professional Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Independent Chair, Governance Review, Christ Church, Oxford 

Christ Church is a joint foundation – of a college in the University of Oxford and of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Oxford – supported by a single corporate endowment, known as the House. It is also a charity, registered with the Charity Commission since 2011, and a constituent college of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1546 and set in some of Oxford’s most striking buildings, Christ Church is home to over 450 undergraduate and 260 graduate students. The House’s total income in 2020-21 was some £36m, with an overall endowment of £674m.

The Governing Body of Christ Church has resolved to commission a review of its governance. The purpose of the Review is to ensure that Christ Church’s statutes, by-laws, and governance arrangements meet the needs of the institution in the 21st century. The last comprehensive review of the foundation’s statutes was conducted in 2011. The Review will encompass the governance arrangements of all aspects of Christ Church, including the Cathedral, College, and School.

We now seek to appoint an independent Chair, who will, having consulted Governing Body, Chapter, and other parties, prepare a report setting out recommendations for the Governing Body to consider. The Chair will demonstrate appropriate knowledge of charity governance, an understanding of collegiate educational foundations, and ideally familiarity with the Church of England. They must have no current or recent connection with Christ Church.

At the conclusion of the Review, the Chair will be asked to prepare a report setting out recommendations for the Governing Body to consider. Christ Church has committed to publish the Review in full in 2023.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 29 April 2022

Christ Church is committed to equality, and we value the diversity of our staff and students. Applications are particularly welcome from black and minority ethnic candidates.

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