Chair of Council, University of Bradford


This is an opportunity to undertake an important and influential governance role in a University that leads the country in its commitment to social mobility and makes a significant difference to the lives of its students and the wider community.

Founded in 1966, the University of Bradford focuses on creating the conditions for social, cultural, and economic impact.  Today the University has a student population of around 13,000 with a staff cohort of 1750 bringing together people from 150 nations in one place dedicated to learning excellence and research that has impact on the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, the environment and quality of life.

We are looking for a new Chair of Council who embodies the University’s values and passion, and who will play a guiding role in shaping the next stage of the University’s journey. The Council is the overarching governing body of the University and the Chair will provide strong leadership to encourage and maximise the contribution of fellow members ensuring that Council can effectively challenge, scrutinise and support in order to help deliver the University’s strategy and objectives.

We are looking to appoint a successful strategic leader with personal and professional credibility, sound commercial acumen, and proven experience of operating at board level, ideally as a non-executive. The successful candidate will bring their professional skills and expertise to the Council alongside extensive personal networks that they are able to leverage to help support and raise the University’s profile. A genuine passion for the transformative power of higher education is also essential.

The University is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups.

Candidate Pack

University of Bradford


Applications, which should be in the form of a CV and covering letter, should be sent to no later than Friday 14 June 2024.

The interview date is Thursday 25 July 2024.