Vacancies for Council and Audit & Risk Committee

3 Lay Members and 1 Co-optee

Keele University is a world class campus-based university committed to providing the highest quality learning and living environment in which our students and researchers can flourish.

The Council is the supreme governing body of the University, responsible for setting the general strategic direction of the institution, for ensuring proper accountability, for ensuring proper management of its finances, property and investments and the general business of the University.

To help us build upon our success and deliver our strategy we are seeking applications for Lay Council Members (Trustees of the Governing Body), with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

•    Higher education;

•    Legal;

•    Accounting/financial management/audit;

•    Research, particularly sustainability or energy related; and

•    Culture/arts.

You will have proven interpersonal and communications skills, including critical listening, the ability to question intelligently and debate constructively.  You will have a commitment to high standards of governance and probity, the confidence to challenge and to hold to account the University’s executive and the ability to work within a framework of collective decision-making in the best interests of the University.

Our Lay Members normally commit around 10 days per year to Council business and in return we provide the opportunity to build professional networks with other Council members and at the highest level in the Higher Education sector. You will play an instrumental role in the delivery of projects that have a major impact on the institution, our students and regional communities.  Reasonable expenses and training opportunities will also be provided to all lay members.

There is one vacancy for an immediate start and two vacancies to start in September 2019, with opportunities to engage with the University Council before taking up the role.

We are also seeking applications for a Co-opted Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.  The preferred skills and experience of applicants would be to have held a senior financial management position with an accounting qualification.

If you believe you have the experience and qualities to contribute to the achievement of the University’s aspirations through its next period of development and growth, then we hope you will pursue your application.

To further the University’s commitment to ensuring our governance structures are inclusive and our committees are representative of broader society, interest would be particularly welcomed from women, individuals of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and other underrepresented groups.

To informally enquire about the position, please contact Fiona Dumbelton, Governance Manager: or 01782 733373.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to by close of business on 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held on 1st March 2019. 

Please indicate whether you are interested in the Lay Member of Council role or the position as a Co-opted Member of the Audit Risk Committee (or both). 

Appointment of Lay Members of Council Brochure

Council Member Role Description

Audit & Risk Co-opted Member Role Description



The Council is the supreme governing body of the University. It has a collective responsibility to promote the University’s well-being and, in particular, for the proper management and financial solvency of the institution. Major policy decisions, as well as corporate strategy, are also subject to its approval.

The Council has a majority of lay members (neither employees nor students of the University), and includes among its members representatives of staff and students.

Committees of Council:
Key Council Documents
Council Papers

* Please note that these papers are held in a password protected area.  You should contact the Governance Team for details of the username and password.  If you require any further information please contact Fiona Dumbelton.