Independent Governor

Website Edge Hill University via Trustees Unlimited

At Edge Hill University we believe in the life changing opportunities knowledge can create. Since 1885, we’ve been creating access to knowledge for those who may not have had the opportunity to before.

Today, the effect we have has a far-reaching impact, not just for those who come to study here but for those who work, invest in, and live in our local communities too. So, if you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, simply speak to our alumni, students, and award-winning staff.

Position Description

Join us in shaping the future of our thriving University. Edge Hill University are seeking to appoint independent members (non-executive directors and charity trustees) to join our Board of Governors and contribute to our continued growth and success.

Edge Hill University is seeking to appoint independent members (non-executive directors and charity trustees) to join our Board of Governors and contribute to our continued growth and success.

We are a thriving and ambitious University based in the Northwest with a community of over 15,000 students and 1,900 staff. Ranked a Top 35 University (Guardian, 2024) we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health, medicine, science, creative arts, and education, and have a reputation
of excellence having been awarded Modern University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2022).

The Board of Governors oversees the educational character and mission of the University and has specific responsibilities for effective use of resources and financial probity. As an Independent Member of the Board of Governors your values and experience will contribute to the Board’s effectiveness and vision,
enabling the University to build on its past, and protect and enhance our future.

We are looking for candidates who believe they can add value and who have an active interest in higher education and to the further development of Edge Hill University.

Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates with expertise and experience in the following broad areas:

  • Digital
  • Knowledge exchange / commercialisation
  • Marketing / PR / communications / digital media
  • Research
  • People

We believe that an effective board includes, and makes good use of, difference in the skills, expertise, background, race, gender and other qualities of individual governors.

The role of Governor is a voluntary role, though reasonable travel expenses are re-imbursed. Through your role as Independent Governor, held initially for 3 years, you will gain invaluable boardroom skills and experience. A comprehensive induction programme, bespoke to you, will be facilitated meaning that, whether you are an experienced trustee or a first-time board member, you will receive information, support, and opportunities for professional development to reach your full potential.

Meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month, starting at 17:00. We do not hold formal meetings in vacation periods (April, December and August). Additionally, members are expected to attend one full day strategy
session, normally in January.


If you are interested in applying or would like further details, please e-mail Helen Smallbone, Clerk to Governors, at


To be considered for a role on our Board, applicants should submit:

  • An up-to-date CV and,
  • a supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the person
    specification and outlines your motivation for applying. The statement should
    be no longer than 2 pages of A4 in 12pt font.

Please tailor your application to the role, explaining why you meet the criteria and what you feel you could contribute to our Board and the University.

Please submit your application to Helen Smallbone at

The closing date for submission of applications is 12 noon on Monday, 10 June 2024.

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