Chair of Audit and Risk Committee – University of Sussex


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Since our beginnings over 60 years ago, Sussex has established itself as a new kind of university, challenging convention and fostering critical, at times dissenting, thinking through new interdisciplinary pathways. The University set out to disrupt traditional ways of creating and organising knowledge, and today we remain true to this original purpose whilst relevant to the 21st Century. From scientific discovery to global policy, from student welfare to career development, Sussex innovates and takes a lead on the international stage, always focussing on making real impact. Our students are part of a dynamic, diverse and creative community.

In an exciting period of change and growth, and as we prepare to launch our new University Strategy, we are looking for an individual to join the University Council and to Chair its Audit and Risk Committee. The University Council is the governing body of The University of Sussex and is responsible for providing oversight for senior management in delivery of the strategy, safeguarding the success of the University and ensuring it continues to prosper.  The Audit and Risk Committee oversees and advises Council on the University’s risk management, internal and external audit arrangements, and financial reporting matters. The Chair will enable collaboration, decision-making and constructive debate within the Committee and establish a close working relationship of trust with the Chair of Council, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sasha Roseneil.

We welcome expressions of interest from individuals with an outstanding track-record of success across finance and/or audit and who bring well-developed strategic and analytical abilities. Ideal candidates will have strong leadership qualities established through non-executive or executive experience in organisations of comparable scale, diversity and complexity. They will be skilled at chairing meetings and will bring commercial acumen, as well as tact, thoughtfulness, and diplomatic skill. They will demonstrate sound and careful judgement, political awareness, and a willingness to be challenging but constructive. The Chair will demonstrate a strong commitment to the values of the University of Sussex and of higher education more broadly. They will be principled yet innovative.

This is an opportunity to play a leading role in the governance of this unique and special University and in the shaping of its future.


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to The closing date for applications is Friday 9th August.

The University of Sussex is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.