Jobs at Leeds Arts University

Board Governor


Unpaid - Eligible for Travel and Subsistence Claims


6x Formal Board Meetings + 2x Development Sessions Annually


Fixed Term

Closing date

Friday 31 May 2024 at 11:59pm

Leeds Arts University is the only specialist arts university in the North of England. We have contributed significantly to the development of arts education for over 170 years, and have developed a national and international reputation based on the achievements of our students and staff.

We are seeking to appoint an independent member to our Board of Governors. The members of the Board of Governors contribute a wide variety of skills and experience to the University, and are leaders in their own fields in either the private or public sector. The Board of Governors have an important strategic and monitoring role, with responsibility for ensuring that the performance of the University is assessed against objectives which the Board approves.

The ideal applicant will have a good business background, with experience of corporate and strategic management. Previous experience in a governance role and an understanding in legal and governance issues would be an advantage but is not essential.

To be successful you must have the ability to positively contribute to Board discussions. Further information about the University’s governance can be found here.

Members of the Board are not paid, but are able to claim for travel and subsistence whilst on University business. Annually, there are normally 6 formal Board of Governors' meetings and two development and discussion sessions. In addition, Governors also have the opportunity to attend external training/networking events and are invited to University events (e.g. exhibitions and Private Views of end of year shows).

The Board operates on a hybrid model, with attendance required on site at least annually.

Please click here for the role description and person specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the role and responsibilities of our Governors please contact Jenni Hearnshaw by e-mailing  or telephoning 0113 202 8101 to arrange a time to speak with Joan Matthews, Clerk to the Board of Governors.

CVs and expressions of interest should be sent to no later than 11:59pm on Friday 31 May 2024.

How to apply

To apply for this vacancy, submit your CV and expression of interest to no later than 11:59pm on Friday 31 May 2024.
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Leeds Arts University is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all learners and expect our staff to share this commitment. All appointments will be made on merit, and as an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. In recognition of our commitment to create a diverse team that draws from our widest talent pool, we would particularly encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented at this level, which in this case is our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants.

We are committed to offering a flexible approach to staff with regards to their work, for which we operate home working principles to facilitate a hybrid mode of site/remote working. The primary location for work is the University campus in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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