Advance HE invites applications to join its Board of Directors

New Board members will guide Advance HE in the delivery of its ambitious new strategy

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Advance HE is looking to appoint a number of new members to its Board of Directors. The appointments come at a time when Advance HE is about to launch its new strategy ‘to help higher education be the best it can be’.

Stephen Marston, recently appointed Chair of the Board, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said, “This is a really exciting time to be joining Advance HE’s Board. The successful merger and the emergence of a robust single organisation with a coherent remit means that Advance HE is now well placed to push forward in developing our services, working in partnership with our members to support them in meeting their professional and organisational goals.

“We have been working very closely with the Executive as they have developed their new strategy. Our role to ‘guide, challenge and advise’ will be a key part in the successful delivery of these ambitious plans, particularly in listening to members and ensuring that Advance HE provides value through membership in a continuously changing policy landscape. We will be developing our key services and frameworks, in partnership with the sector, for staff professional development, leadership and governance, and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion – all critical to enabling the higher education sector to thrive in challenging and turbulent times. In short, it will be a busy, yet rewarding, role for new Board members.

“Clearly it’s vital that a Board’s advice and guidance reflects diverse experiences and opinions. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. I particularly encourage applications from minority ethnic backgrounds, and specifically those from Black backgrounds, who are currently under-represented on the Board.”

Among the professional skills and expertise Advance HE is looking for are financial (strategic finance or commercial experience), student or student union experience, or recent experience of operating in an international context. Appointments to the Board will be made for either two or three years in the first instance.

Advance HE is also seeking co-optees for its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

For further information, please visit: ‘Appointments to the Board of Directors’.

Or contact Hannah Harris, Company Secretary: hannah.harris@advance-he.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 5 April 2021.

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