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Chair of Governors, City Lit

City Lit (The City Literary Institute) plays a unique role in London and has a national and international reputation as a provider of part-time learning for adults. The College offers more than 5,000 courses to almost 30,000 students a year, across a wide range of subjects: visual and performing arts, languages, computing, counselling, health and movement, humanities, deaf education, speech therapy and provision for adults with learning disabilities. Recent achievements included, in 2019, the opening of a new exhibition and gallery space, and the delivery of the seventh annual Mental Wealth Festival in partnership with a number of London institutions including the British Museum. The past year has brought many challenges, including closing City Lit’s doors for the first time in its century long history in response to the pandemic, but through flexible online delivery, it has been possible to continue delivering courses and supporting the capital’s population.

We are looking for a new Chair of Governors to follow Dame Moira Gibb, who will come to the end of her term in Summer 2022. The Chair leads a Governing Body which plays a vital role in the success of the College, and has overall responsibility for the strategic oversight, direction and performance of City Lit in order to achieve its Purpose of ‘Bringing people together to enrich lives through learning’. There are opportunities for City Lit to develop further in coming years, embracing flexible provision, and putting in place new partnerships and programmes. The appointee will be responsible for leading quality governance and compliance; mentoring and holding senior executives accountable; and providing external representation as appropriate.


Candidate pack


To apply please send a cover letter and CV to by no later than the 29th of October 2021.