Independent Member of Council

Cranfield, United Kingdom
16 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Organisation: Cranfield University
School/Department: Executive Office
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Apply by: 05/02/2023
Documents: 4381 - JD & Person Spec.pdf (PDF, 65.43kb)

Role Description

As an Independent Member of Council you will carry out a vitally important role for the University and you will have the opportunity to be actively involved in transforming our strategy into reality. To be successful you will be able to demonstrate that you support Cranfield’s distinctive mission in the higher education sector and its values: Ambition, Impact, Respect and Community. Our Council members  engage constructively as part of an inclusive non-executive team. You will have a clear understanding of corporate collective responsibility and be able to uphold the Nolan Principals. While Council members are charity trustees, the role is like that of non-executive director.

To complement our existing Council membership, we are looking for up to three new members. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with substantial leadership in a commercial environment who might, after an initial period, become the Chair of Council; people and leadership experience; and higher education leadership and regulation, including apprenticeships.  We are looking for individuals with senior leadership, executive and board-level experience. Your expertise and insight will have a direct impact on society at large through Cranfield’s world leading research and unique student experience.

Council meets at least four times a year and all Council members are expected to sit on at least one sub-committee. These include Finance; Audit; Remuneration; Nominations and Honorary Degree committees.

In return for your time, expertise, and perspectives we can offer you the chance to:

  • Make an impact on society at large
  • Become part of an inclusive, engaged Council and develop professional networks
  • Develop your board-level, non executive experience and hone your strategic skills

Please note, this is not a remunerated position, but expenses are covered.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.  We particularly welcome applicants from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Further information about Council is available here.

You can read more about Cranfield’s values here.

A role description and person specification can be found as a pdf document attached to this advertisement.

You should apply with a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter setting out how you fulfil the person specification, stating clearly how you will manage the commitment required of the role. Please submit your application to

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