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Independent members

Independent members


Applications are invited to join Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Board of Governors.

Inspiring, Transforming, Enabling and Sustaining

Wrexham Glyndŵr University invites applications from individuals who are able to make a substantial contribution to the work of the Board of Governors.

We are currently looking to appoint two new independent governors who share our core values: accessible, supportive, innovative and ambitious; and who have professional knowledge and leadership experience of:

  • Higher Education and knowledge of current good practice particularly in relation to quality and standards; OR
  • Financial management accounting/auditing.

Governors need to bring particular behaviours to the Board and play an appropriate part in ensuring the necessary business is carried out efficiently, effectively and in manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business and charitable status.

Key attributes of governors include the ability to question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and listen sensitively to the views of others inside and outside of meetings.

Whilst we are seeking specific knowledge and experience for these particular vacancies, we also welcome applications from other people who possess these attributes, for future consideration.

About the University

The university was established in 2008 in response to the social and economic needs of the region, building on the strong links its predecessor institutions had developed with employers over the previous 120 years. The university’s main campus is in Wrexham in North East Wales, with campuses at Northop and St Asaph in North East Wales.

Following the appointment of a new Chair of the Board and Vice Chancellor in 2015/16 we entered into an exciting period of our development. We have seen real progress in establishing the university as an anchor institution in the region and are about to embark on the implementation of a new Vision and Strategy to 2025.

The new Vision and Strategy responds to the changing landscape of higher education in Wales and the UK and will guide the university in building on past achievements and furthering our partnerships – with students and staff, in education, in innovation and applied research. We are committed to building an academically vibrant and sustainable university for the region and beyond, that inspires and enables current and future generations of students, transforms people and places and drives economic, social and cultural success.

The role of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has collective responsibility for determining the University’s educational character, for enabling the University to achieve and develop its mission and primary objectives of learning, teaching and research, ensuring the solvency of the University and safeguarding its assets.

The Board of Governors, which currently has 12 independent members, includes additionally the Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive) and staff and student representatives.

The time commitment equates to approximately 30 – 50 hours annually which includes five Board meetings, one strategy day and a number of development workshops as required. Members are also asked to serve on at least one committee of the Board, although consideration can be given to the time commitment that members can personally give.

Being a governor provides opportunities to work collaboratively with existing governors, build professional networks; and play a key role in delivering the long term vision and strategy of the university.

The term of office is for four years with the possibility for this to be renewed for a second term.

The position of independent governor is not remunerated, however travel and other necessary and reasonable expenses incurred carrying out university business will be reimbursed.

Diversity of the Board

The Board of Governors seeks to maintain a balance of skills, expertise and experience within its membership that enables it to provide appropriate leadership to the University and exercise effective oversight of its affairs. The Board seeks to remove any barriers that might deter people from expressing an interest in joining the board and welcomes expressions of interest from people from all backgrounds for consideration for appointment, with the aim of achieving a balance of membership that reflects the diversity of the University, its activities and the region.

We particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Board including BAME, female and disabled applicants.

Process and timings

If you wish to apply to join the Board of Governors, please submit your CV with a covering letter setting out your reasons for your interest in joining the university’s Board, addressed to the Clerk to the Board of Governors. The closing date is 5.00pm on Thursday 7th June 2018.

The selection process is being overseen by the Board’s nominations and governance committee and will involve interviews with the Vice Chancellor; and the Chair of the Board and members of the Board of Governors.

Further information may be found on our governance pages and a full role description for governors is also available below.

Mrs Val Butterworth, Clerk to the Board of Governors, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Plas Coch, Mold Road, Wrexham. LL11 2AW.


 Role Description for Governors