Non executive opportunities submitted to The NED Exchange


The NED Exchange has been operating for over 25 years and a sample of the NED opportunities we’ve received are shown below – please contact us to find out the latest opportunities.

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The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) are seeking a new Chair plus a Non-Executive Director.  The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is the UK’s compensation scheme for financial services, helping people get back on track by protecting them when authorised financial services firms fail. FSCS is an independent free service which covers all regulated financial services in the UK. The Scheme protects: deposits in banks, building societies and credit unions; insurance policies; some investments and investment advice; insurance broking; mortgage advice; self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs); pensions advice; payment protection insurance (PPI); debt management plans; and pre-paid funeral plans. FSCS’s mission is to provide customers with a trusted compensation service which helps raise public confidence in the UK financial services industry.  Role 1:  The current Chair, Marshall Bailey steps down from his role in September 2024 upon the completion of his term. FSCS is therefore now seeking a new Chair to succeed him. This is a hugely important appointment for the organisation. The role of the Chair is to provide strategic leadership to FSCS: chairing and overseeing the performance of the Board; leading the organisation in dealing with complex demands efficiently and effectively; establishing and maintaining a positive, high performing culture in the Board and, by overseeing the performance of the Chief Executive, across the organisation; promoting the highest standards of corporate governance; and playing a high profile role in managing relationships with industry, regulatory and government stakeholders.  The ideal candidate will be a proven strategic leader, with experience as a Chair. They will have a proven track record in the financial services industry and the ability to demonstrate a commercial mindset and independent judgement, but also the ability to support and challenge the executives. Candidates are likely to have had experience as a Chief Executive or other senior executive, with a track record of delivering results and driving organisational transformation and change in a complex private or public sector environment. They must have experience of successfully managing and influencing multiple diverse stakeholders at the most senior level. Experience of working effectively in this way with regulators and government will be a distinct advantage.   Role 2:  One of FSCS’s Board members is stepping down in mid-2024, so FSCS is now seeking a new Non-Executive Director. This is an opportunity to make a real contribution to the strategy and overall direction of the organisation and to add personal value by providing constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and the Executive Team. The NED role carries responsibilities that will suit individuals possessing sound knowledge of the mechanics of the financial services industry and its impact on customers.  The ideal candidate will bring meaningful experience of one or more of the following areas: technology, data, digital and cyber services; people and culture transformation programmes; consumer affairs. Candidates will bring a strategic mindset and strong interpersonal and communication skills. They will have a good understanding of what it means to hold a board position in a public organisation. The successful candidate will be able to grasp a wide range of complex issues with the readiness to listen to the views of others. They will challenge constructively, have exceptional judgement and a high level of integrity.  These are both remunerated roles with a time commitment of 2 days per week for the Chair and a time commitment of 2 days per month for the NED.  Quote: FSCS1 or FSCS2.  

 A Chair is required for the Regulatory Decisions Committee & Enforcement Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority (FC) and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR).  The FCA ensures that financial markets work well for individuals, for businesses and for the economy. The FCA has core objectives to protect consumers, protect and enhance the market integrity of the UK financial system and promote competition. The FCA is currently on an exciting journey driving forward significant organisational, people, process, and technology transformation to become a more forward-thinking, proactive regulator.  The PSR is an independent economic regulator directly accountable to Parliament and funded by the payments industry. How payments work affects the society we live in; the challenges faced by the vulnerable; how likely we are to fall victim to fraud; and how easily we can manage our money. Payments underpin our economy. Behind these payments are several important payment systems. We rely on these systems to support markets, facilitate competition, and drive innovation. This is where the PSR plays an important role – we are the economic regulator of, and competition authority for, those systems. We protect people and businesses and promote competition and innovation in these systems and the markets that they support. We work closely with other regulators involved in this sector, notably the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and the Competition and Markets Authority.  This is a unique opportunity to assist the FCA and PSR in achieving their objectives. We are seeking an individual to Chair both the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Enforcement Decisions Committee. The RDC and EDC take certain decisions relating to contested enforcement actions, on behalf of the FCA and PSR. Committee members are selected for their experience of making independent, evidence-based decisions, their expertise in financial services and/or their knowledge and understanding of users and consumers of financial services. The Chair is responsible for leading the committees and working with the members and the FCA’s secretariat to ensure effective and efficient decision-making processes and outcomes. The Chair is also responsible for chairing panel meetings convened to consider cases and make decisions.  The Chair not only needs to be able to demonstrate strong analytical skills and an ability to apply knowledge and experience to complex issues, they must also facilitate collaborative working between committee members to reach high-quality decisions in an efficient manner, and build strong working relationships with senior stakeholders within the FCA and PSR. The role is part-time (combined minimum time commitment required is three days per week) and can be worked flexibly by arrangement.  The successful candidate is likely to have extensive and relevant legal, judicial or quasi-judicial experience. Candidates will also likely have a background in senior decision-making, such as on:  ~  Boards  ~  Committees  ~  Tribunals, etc.  The successful candidate will bring: Essential Experience:  *  A demonstrable ability to assimilate and analyse large amounts of complex and conflicting information;  *  Experience of working collaboratively with others to reach objective, evidence-based decisions;  *  Sound judgement;  *  A desire to positively influence UK financial services or payment systems, to protect consumers and maintain the integrity of financial markets, and to make payment systems work well for users;  *  A broad understanding of the range of UK financial services and/or payment systems businesses and their users and consumers and their behaviour and needs.  Desirable Experience:  ~  Knowledge of the law or decision-making in a statutory context.  ~  Experience and expertise at the highest level of at least one of the following:  ~  Financial services (including retail financial services)  ~  Payment systems and the markets for services provided by payment systems.  Quote: FCA/PSR.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) requires an Independent Non-Executive Director (Finance).  The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, is the professional body and multi-disciplinary membership association for sport and exercise scientists in the UK. It was founded in 1984 and is a not-for-profit organisation (registered as a private company limited by guarantee). At present, there are approximately 2,600 members of the Association.  We are currently seeking a new Non-Executive Director with significant and relevant experience to provide the Board with the benefit of professional financial expertise and oversight. The appointment will be for an initial three-year term.  The purpose of the BASES Board is to set the strategic direction of the Association, to ensure effective delivery of our plans, and to oversee the management of the Association’s affairs. Our strategic aim is to develop and enhance professional and ethical standards in sport and exercise science by promoting research; developing guidance to support evidence-based practice; distributing knowledge; and implementing professional standards for individuals involved in sport and exercise science. We are a growing organisation, delivering well into the final year of our current 2021-2025 Strategy. We are currently finalising our new strategy from 2025-2028 and have recently petitioned for Royal Charter status, so now is an exciting time to join our Board.  Our NEDs have responsibility for ensuring that appropriate corporate governance is observed. They will be expected to provide advice and direction to the BASES management in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the strategy; to monitor our legal and ethical performance; and to monitor the accuracy and appropriateness of financial and other information provided to members and other stakeholders. In addition to a commitment to the Board, NEDs will be involved in Standing Committees and some Advisory Groups. Along with the Chair of the Association, NEDs are responsible for the evaluation of the professional staff of BASES.  The Board meets typically five times per year to further the development of the business; normally two face-to-face meetings are held at varying locations and three via conference calls. Additional deliberations are conducted via e-mail / calls between meetings, including a monthly catch-up call in those months without a formal Board meeting.  All Board members serve three-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms. The Chair of the Association serves a four-year term, serving as Chair-Elect for the first year.  The current Board comprises of:  *  Chair of the Association  *  Chair of the Division of Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour  *  Chair of the Division of Physical Activity for Health  *  Chair of the Division of Physiology and Nutrition  *  Chair of the Division of Psychology  *  Chair of the Division of Sport and Performance  *  Four Non-Executive Directors  *  Chief Executive Officer.  We are seeking an NED who:  ~ shares our passion for driving excellence in sport, exercise, physical activity, and health.  ~ is willing to challenge and probe.  ~  can always demonstrate integrity and high ethical standards.  ~  will act collectively as part of the Board.  ~  will participate in key Standing Committees as required.  ~  will add value by contributing their experience, expertise, and insight.  Key responsibilities and accountabilities:  *  Provide independent challenge, advice and support to the Chair and Chief Executive Officer through attendance at Board and Standing Committee meetings.  *  Support the Board in its leadership of the organisation and assist the Chief Executive Officer to develop the organisation’s capacity and capabilities to meet its future challenges and responsibilities.  *  Provide independent and objective guidance to the Board and Executive team.  *  Meet periodically with the Senior NED to appraise roles, duties and projects.  *  Ensure that the Board maintains compliance with the Governance requirements.  Skills and Experience:  No specific knowledge of sport and exercise science is required.  The NED will be able to access, for free, an extensive library of eLearning training and development courses, which cover a broad range of relevant modules, including Data Protection and Diversity and Inclusion.  Essential:  *  Recent relevant financial accounting experience or substantial budget management experience.  *  Understanding and knowledge of financial governance and risk.  *  Understanding of strategic financial management, with the ability to balance the competing objectives of quality, operational performance, and finance.  *  Committee/Board experience at a senior level as either an NED or Executive.  *  Ability to accept responsibility and understand Good Corporate Governance and Board requirements.  *  Excellent communication and relationship skills, ability to articulate ideas and to work with complexity.  Desired:  ~  Committee/Board experience at a senior level as an NED.  ~  An understanding of the components of a membership organisation and the processes of planning, financial control, performance management and assurance that deliver its objectives.  ~  Commercial acumen, from any sector, and sound judgement in relation to opportunities for growth for the long-term benefit and sustainability of the Association.  ~  Proven strategic thinker who can contribute across a range of governance, quality, planning, financial and advocacy issues.  ~  Experience of governance and organisational delivery from a variety of perspectives.  Candidates should be prepared to devote at least twelve days per annum to BASES business, which includes the Board, any Standing Committees, and any major events. Membership of BASES is not a requirement.  The appointment of the NED will be via a formal, open, and transparent recruitment process, with the aim of attracting the widest range of the most suitable talent. At BASES, we are committed to Fairness, Professionalism, Honesty, Responsibility and Excellence. We strive to improve our ways of working to be more inclusive and diverse, to accelerate our impact on society and live up to our Values. We acknowledge that we lack representation from various underrepresented groups and therefore strongly encourage applications that will amplify the voices of people with a disability, those from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, women or gender diverse people in STEMM and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Quote: BASES.

The Royal Anniversary Trust requires up to 3 new Trustees.  The Royal Anniversary Trust promotes and champions the outstanding work of universities and colleges across the four nations of the United Kingdom. Through programmes including the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and the Royal Challenges, the Trust recognises and celebrates excellence, innovation and the positive social impact of tertiary education in the UK and worldwide.  The Trust is an independent charity concerned with the advancement of education for public benefit and was established in the 1990s to mark the 40th anniversary of the late Queen’s accession. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are an integral part of the national Honours system, recognising at the highest level of the state, outstanding creative and inspirational work in a wide variety of fields within Higher and Further Education institutions. Since 2022 the Trust has also delivered the Royal Challenge, a biennial research programme which harnesses the talents of our Prizewinning institutions to address critical problems in society.  The Trust is looking to appoint at least three Trustees to play a critical role in realising the Trust’s ambitions, by providing support and constructive challenge to the executive team. We are seeking candidates with significant senior experience in the Further Education sector, as well as candidates with senior academic leadership experience in Higher Education. Additionally, we are interested in candidates who bring excellent commercial and financial skills, with an understanding of investment management, and broad strategic level experience from across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  Above all, we seek outstanding strategic leaders who are recognised as experts in their field, who bring personal and professional credibility, first rate intellectual acuity, and wide ranging networks. Candidates will be supportive of the mission, vision and values of the Trust.  Quote: ROYAL. 

Construction Product Information requires 3 x Independent Non-Executive Members for the Board of Directors. THE OPPORTUNITIES: Construction Product Information Ltd (CPI Ltd) was set up in 2021 to guard, administer and manage the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), to manage its development and also to deliver independent verification of conformance to the Code. CPI Ltd continues to be owned by the Construction Product Association.  However, CPI Ltd is established at ‘arms length’ from industry as a not-for-profit organisation with independent governance structure managed by an independent Non-Executive Chair and Non-Executive Board of Directors.  THE ROLE: The role of a Non-Executive Director (NED) is to work with the Independent Non-Executive Chairman and CPI Ltd Chief Executive to deliver the CCPI’s vision and ensure the effective operation, development, and stewardship of the organisation’s strategy.  Each NED should have experience of serving on high performing boards and of providing strategic thinking and insight. As well as being an excellent and persuasive communicator you will be used to engaging a broad range of stakeholders at the very highest level of industry and government. Your personal gravitas and collaborative approach will mean that you are a credible and effective influencer, and you will leverage these exceptional skills to build strong and impactful relationships. EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:  We are particularly keen to attract exceptional candidates from both within, as well as outside of the construction product sector, where product information management responsibilities apply, for example, aviation, chemical, rail industries, etc, and with background or substantial knowledge of one or more of the following: *  The entire manufacturing product cycle from design to completion and distribution  *  Product information creation and management at an industry cross-sector or strategic level  *  A similar voluntary code/scheme to the CCPI in other sectors or industries  *  Knowledge and/or experience of trading standards, advertising standards or other regulatory standards  *  Knowledge and/or experience of marketing, ideally in a product environment  *  Knowledge of products, product specification and production information management.  *  Knowledge of digitalisation, digital innovation and data management in an assessment  *  or verification environment  *  Construction client procurement or public sector/Government procurement.  We have current vacancies which we are seeking to fill for specific skills and experience as follows.  Therefore candidates will need to demonstrate high-level skills and professional experience in one or more of the following areas:  *  Commercial/financial  *  IT/AI development  *  Legal or regulatory understanding.  Quote: CPI.

A Chair is required for the King’s College London – Estates Strategy Committee.  The vision of King’s is unashamedly to make the world a better place. Since its foundation in 1829, students and staff of King’s have dedicated themselves to the service of society.  The fourth oldest university in England and based in the heart of London, King’s is committed to delivering a transformative education, enabling its students to turn their curiosity and aspiration into a lasting basis for success and social impact.  The Council of King’s College London seeks to appoint an independent member of Council to serve as Chair of the Estates Strategy Committee, to take office in July 2024.  As King’s looks to its 200th anniversary in 2029, this will be a stimulating, challenging and rewarding time to join Council, helping secure the College’s position as one of the world’s finest universities.  The Chair leads the Estates Strategy Committee, which reports to Council on the development and management of the College’s property assets in support of the Strategic Plan.  In conjunction with the Finance Committee, it makes recommendations to Council on any proposals for the acquisition or disposal of any part of the College’s estate.  The Chair will ensure that the Estates Strategy Committee plays a leading role in formulating and executing the University’s strategy, ensuring that its real estate assets best support its core mission.  Candidates will have gained significant executive level experience, leading strategic discussions within a property-specific context, and in capital development and investment.  Candidates will have experience of strategic asset management and will be familiar with the financial structures used in property ownership and development.  A detailed understanding of the London market would be advantageous.  Beyond technical skills, you will have the intellect and emotional agility to help shape strategy, review performance objectives and challenge constructively decision making processes.  Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities raised by the size and complexity of the University’s estate is essential.  King’s College London is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  Through this appointment it is Council’s aim to develop a candidate pool that includes applicants from all backgrounds and communities.  The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBTQ+ community and from disabled people.  Quote: KING’S.

The University of Exeter requires a Council Member.  The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research universities and ranks 153rd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024) and 11th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).  The University has around 30,000 students from more than 150 countries, as well as alumni, academics and global university partners that bring the world to Exeter and take Exeter to the world.  Our Strategy 2030 aims to use our outstanding education, research, and global connections to lead meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis; make key breakthroughs to transform human health and wellbeing; and lead the progress towards creating a fair, socially just and inclusive society.  The University is now seeking to appoint a Council Member with substantial educational experience, gained as a practitioner in either K-12 or Further Education. Given the central importance of Teaching & Learning to the University’s mission and success, it is crucial to have on Council someone with the credibility and empathy to lead on the wide ranging issues that coalesce around the Student Experience including but not limited to academic learning, wellbeing & mental health, digital connectivity, culture of student life in and around campus, extracurricular activities and personal growth and development.  Members of Council are integral to the successful delivery of the strategy of the University, and we are seeking outstanding individuals with energy and passion to support us in delivering a transformational agenda.  This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the University’s regional, national, and international profile, during a period of significant change and opportunity for UK Higher Education.  Candidates with the requisite credibility will also, in addition to being a highly regarded practitioner, have gained experience in relevant regulatory bodies and, through national roles, developed valuable networks and profile.  The University of Exeter is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the Council’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities.  The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBTQ+ community and from disabled people.  Quote: EXETER.

With a vision to enhance and optimise operations, The Astbury Group are seeking a dynamic and experienced Non-Executive Director to join us as an Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO).  The Astbury Group are embarking on an exciting acquisition in the haulage and logistics sector.   This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in steering the company through a transition to new ownership, ensuring operational excellence and setting the stage for future success.  Key  Responsibilities:  1. Acquisition and Transition Assistance: * Provide strategic guidance and support during the acquisition process.  *  Oversee the smooth transition to new ownership, ensuring minimal disruptions.  2.  General Management and Recruitment:  *  Assess the existing leadership team and, if necessary, assist in the recruitment of a General Manager.  *  Review the overall staff structure, ensuring alignment with our standards and values.  3.  Performance Evaluation and Improvement:  *  Set up and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of operational objectives.  *  Identify areas of underperformance and provide strategic advice on corrective actions.  4.  Equity and Compensation:  *  Collaborate with the executive team to structure an attractive compensation package, including salary and equity, to attract top talent.  5.  *  Operational Efficiency:  *  Work closely with the leadership team to streamline operations and enhance overall efficiency.  *  Implement best practices to optimize the haulage and logistics processes.  6.  *  Strategic Planning:  *  Contribute to the development and execution of strategic plans aligned with our business objectives.  *  Provide insights and recommendations to drive business growth and sustainability.  Qualifications and Experience: *  Proven experience as a COO or in a similar executive role within the haulage and logistics sector.  *  Successful track record in leading companies through transitions and acquisitions (Preferred)  *  Strong understanding of KPI development and implementation.  *  Experience in recruiting and building high-performing teams.  *  Familiarity with equity structures and executive compensation packages.  What We Offer:  *  Salary and equity participation by negotiation  *  A challenging and dynamic environment with a focus on professional growth.  *  Opportunity to make a significant impact on the success of the company.  If you are a seasoned executive ready for a new challenge and share our commitment to operational excellence, please apply.  Quote: ASTBURY. 

WRAP require 2 x Board Trustees.  WRAP is an international sustainability NGO and we’re looking to make several new Trustees appointments who’ll share our vision to build a more sustainable world.  Would you like to be part of our aspirational agenda to tackle the climate crisis and help take our global impact to new levels?  WRAP is a global climate change NGO, bringing people together, acting on the facts and driving positive change. We are uniquely positioned as a charity to work across governments, the public, the voluntary sector and with the biggest businesses on the planet to set the standards and deliver the changes needed for a thriving world in which climate change is no longer a problem. With an aspirational agenda to raise our global impact we’re now looking to add to our existing Board of Trustees, both in the UK and internationally, to bring strategic experience and insight that will assist in the oversight and development of the next phase of our organisational growth and impact.  In the UK, we’re seeking two new non-executive Directors to join the global WRAP Board, with the aspiration of adding a diverse combination of experiences and perspectives to further strengthen the dynamic of our existing team.  Applicants will ideally be living in the UK, and able to commit an anticipated one day a month to WRAP. The Board typically meets four times a year, with Sub-Committee meetings in between. There is a four-year term of office, which can be renewed up to two times by approval of the Board.  What are we looking for?  For NED 1:  Our preferred profile will be a highly experienced NED, and proven NGO leader with international experience. As someone who has operated at CEO level or equivalent in the non-profit/NGO sector, you will display a record of successfully leading and scaling a multi-country organisation, complemented by the sound appreciation of charity funding and governance models.  With a strong international background that will add considerable value to our ambitious international growth agenda, we have notable interest in those bringing knowledge of the LATAM, Middle East & African regions, but our interest is not confined to this. It is highly likely that you will have a demonstrable link to the field of sustainability/circular economy/environment.  You will be able to demonstrate a clear and motivated commitment to the mission and values of WRAP, and the willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to meet Board requirements, including attendance at Board meetings and involvement with sub-committees. You will display a proven track record of working at a strategic and senior level, with an ability to provide sound governance and oversight and objective, independent judgement as a non-executive Trustee.  For NED 2:  We are seeking a trustee who can help to diversify the perspectives we have on the Board, notably to better reflect the ranging generational demographic of our workforce and target audiences. As such we are not anticipating prior Non-Executive Director or Board experience, so this will be an opportunity for the right individual to gain, or build upon, their first experience.  We are seeking a talented individual, who will have proven record of thought leadership within sustainability or the circular economy, who can demonstrate the ability to engage, influence and galvanise others on climate issues at a community, governmental or organisational level. They will also possess the practical skill set to meet the requirements of a trustee role, appreciating how organisations/charities work, and bring the capability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, but also challenge in a constructive manner.  We’re particularly interested by profiles which display strong professional experience, combining relevant subject expertise and a proven record of thought leadership in the arena of sustainability/circular economy. You’ll show strong leadership capability, including the ability to cultivate support and engagement for strategic concepts, influence strategy development and win the hearts and minds of others.  Please indicate which role you are applying for when you make your application.  Quote: WRAP.

The Trustees and Chief Executive of Baker Dearing Educational Trust (Baker Dearing) are delighted to welcome applications for the position of Chair of Trustees. Following Lord Kenneth Baker’s highly successful and influential 14-year tenure as Founding Chair, the Trust seeks to appoint an inspirational leader with a passionate belief in the value of technical education as his successor.  Baker Dearing founded, licences, and supports University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the country to be the very best they can be by offering a comprehensive range of tailored services. These include curriculum delivery, recruitment, employer engagement, financial assistance, regulatory and compliance advisory and government lobbying. The work of the Trust has been and will continue to be vital to the success of UTCs, and, in a critical role, the Chair will act as the Trust’s figurehead, ultimately responsible for the raising of awareness across government, parliament and industry of the immense value UTCs add to young lives.  With over 40 UTCs operating nationally and a further two approved in 2023, Baker Dearing finds itself at an exciting point in its history, ripe with potential for future growth and success. The successful candidate will be in the fortunate position to use the Trust’s robust foundation as a springboard for further development and will bring a pioneering mindset and a clear vision for the exciting future of Baker Dearing. Fully aligned with the aims and ethos of the Trust, the appointee will bring a broad network of connections drawn from politics, industry and education, will be able to influence at the highest levels of government, and will draw on their background as a businessperson, industrialist or politician to drive the Trust forward with appropriate commercial awareness, business acumen and effective communication at all levels.  Baker Dearing is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.  Quote: BAKER.

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) are seeking a Non-Executive Adviser and Chair for the Audit and Risk Committee.   Our Non-Executive Advisers ensure we can deliver the best possible outcomes for Scotland’s national forests and land by providing valuable advice and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and leadership team.  The opportunity:  In 2019, we appointed our first Non-Executive Advisers when FLS was established as a new executive agency of Scottish Government as part of the devolution of forestry. We currently have four Non-Executive Advisers and are keen to increase this number as part of our succession planning.  We are interested in hearing from people from all backgrounds, with various levels of experience and a variety of skills to ensure that FLS is enriched through diversity and subject matter expertise.  We are particularly keen to hear from people with an interest and experience in land-based commercial development & innovation, climate change, biodiversity, rural economy, visitor attraction, renewables and organisational transformation. FLS particularly welcomes interest from people who bring characteristics or come from backgrounds that are underrepresented at board level.  The role:  As a Non-Executive Adviser, you will:  *  Participate on the agency’s strategic governance, including our Strategic Advisory Board and Audit and Risk Committee, the latter of which you will Chair following an agreed handover period.  *  Provide strategic advice, scrutiny and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and senior leaders of the agency.  *  Engage with our wider staff group to provide subject matter expertise in relation to development of strategy, policy and related activities.  *  Provide independent advice to encourage continuous improvement and promote good governance including audit, risk management and assurance.  *  Help to ensure that the agency delivers its objectives and Scottish Ministers’ ambitions and priorities.  *  Provide advice on commercial and business development and maximising opportunities to grow and/or improve the business.  Criteria:  Essentially, you should also be able to offer experience in one (or more) of the following areas:  *  Understanding of the components of a complex public corporation and the processes of business planning, financial control, performance management and governance, assurance and risk management. Providing strategic insight into organisational development and transformation.  *  Legal and regulatory aspects of land use. Previous role chairing and/or membership of an Audit and Risk Committee or alternatively as a Board member with responsibility for scrutinising third/private accounts.  Essential qualification:  *  Appropriate accountancy qualification.  Desirably, you may be able to offer experience in one (or more) of the following areas:  *  A broad understanding of the current Scottish Government’s land use / forestry policy context.  *  Experience of successful leadership of significant organisational change and/or business improvement processes.  *  Experience of the management of a regulatory body.  There is an expected time commitment of up to 20 days per year.  The term of appointment is three years.   Quote: FORESTRY.

Leeds Beckett University are looking for at least two Board Governors.  Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university with ambition. We are a community of around 23,000 students from over 140 countries and 2,800 staff, and our history dates back to the founding of Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824.  Our vision is to be an excellent, accessible, globally engaged university contributing positively to a thriving northern economy. We place an emphasis on our role as an anchor institution for Leeds and the wider region. Our mission is to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations through excellent education, research and service.  The University is looking to appoint at least two Board Governors who will play a critical role in realising the University’s ambitions, helping us to recognise future opportunities, and to tackle challenges with confidence and agility, by providing appropriate challenge and support to the University executive team. For one Board position we are looking for candidates with senior academic experience in higher education, a role on the Board which is required by the University’s constitution. We are also seeking interest more widely from those with relevant and contemporary skills and experience from across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, particularly strategic level experience in/of the regulated industries and digital customer experience.  The University would very much welcome board-level experience but demonstrable understanding of the nuances between the role of an executive and non-executive is essential. The successful candidates will have character, resilience, and a desire to learn. Above all, applicants will be able to provide scrutiny and robust challenge and will be unafraid to ask the difficult questions where necessary. They will be able to provide a broad strategic view on the variety of matters which come before the Board. They will appreciate the context in which the University operates, share its community-based values, and view issues with an eye to both the education of young people, and the benefit of the communities which it serves. We are proud of our open and inclusive culture and our Governors are passionate about the University’s work and the positive impact we have on the lives of our students.  We are committed to ensuring our University is a place where everyone feels respected, valued and supported to achieve excellence. This commitment exists alongside our legal and moral obligations to provide an inclusive environment for our colleagues, students and members of the public who may be affected by our activities. We therefore welcome applications from candidates of any age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability.  Quote: LEEDS. 

Independent Members of Council required for Aston University.  Born out of its community and Birmingham’s great technological flourishing in the 1870s, Aston University remains a driving force for innovation and the advancement of science, business and enterprise.  An engine of social mobility, the University sits at the heart of Birmingham, the UK’s most ethnically diverse city.  Its values of Inclusion, Entrepreneurship and Transformation underpin a restless positive energy to strive, to improve and to succeed.  As a major player in Birmingham’s Innovation Quarter, Aston University is shaping the regional digital economy, investing in health technology and shifting the dial on social inclusion and equity, and access to life-changing opportunities.  The University is seeking to add a number of new Independent Members to its Council. First-rate governance is essential to institutional success and to helping to drive the new Aston 2030 Strategy, and the University is, therefore, seeking exceptional individuals with the requisite intellectual capacity, commercial acumen and strategic expertise to add genuine value as non-executive critical friends.  Expressions of interest are encouraged from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds and communities, and experience gained in the areas of entrepreneurship, research and commercialisation, academic leadership in higher education, HR and finance would be welcome at this time. The University is keen to increase the diversity of representation present on the Council and would particularly welcome applications from women, people with health conditions or impairments, and ethnic minority groups, that would help our Council better reflect the diversity of our University Community. Above all, it is essential that individuals are committed to Aston’s values and are able to work collaboratively with a talented executive team and Council for the benefit of all our communities. Quote: ASTON.

VeryPC Limited seeks a Non-Executive Director to join their Board from January 2024.  Our Sheffield-based company manufacturers its own brand of computers and  provides IT services for education and business across the UK.  VeryPC are equipped to supply, support and service our customers total technology needs. Our VeryPC brand of products range includes PCs, Laptops, 3D workstations, digital signage players & managed IT services to support. Where we don’t have our own brand of product, we resell a portfolio IT and Audiovisual products from market leading vendors as part of our technology solution.  Everything we do at VeryPC is customisable to suit specific customer requirements: PC configuration, software imaging, product branding, delivery and installation.  We are a profitable, owner-managed company with around 35 employees generating £18m revenue and growing.  We have a strong family ethos of which we are very proud, and which extends to staff, customers and suppliers.  The Board currently comprises three directors – two executive and one non-executive. An additional NED is sought in order to provide additional governance as we continue to grow and to provide specific advice and support in the areas of sales and marketing.  We would also be inviting our new NED to be part of our remuneration and audit committees.  Whilst we do not mind if this would be your first NED position, it is crucial that you bring strong experience of sales and marketing, and preference will be given to those with relevant sector knowledge (be that hardware, manufacturing/assembly, and/or education).  We hold monthly Board meetings remotely and would expect any NED joining us to come and visit us in Sheffield quarterly.  The anticipated time commitment for this role is around a day a month.  Quote: VERYPC.

Two new Members are required for the University of Oxford – Audit and Scrutiny Committee.  The University of Oxford has been at the forefront of the pursuit of knowledge for centuries. Today, the University employs 14,500 people and its annual income is more than £2.5 billion. Council is the University’s principal executive and policy-making body. It is advised by a range of committees, covering core business and financial and audit matters. The Audit and Scrutiny Committee’s principal role is to report to Council its opinion on the effectiveness of the University’s control, risk management and governance arrangements. The range of issues covered by the Committee is broad, encompassing audit and assurance, compliance, financial sustainability, risk management, value for money, and internal control.  The University seeks to appoint two new external members to the Committee, who will take up post in early 2024. They will work closely and collaboratively with existing Committee members, including the Chair, Sharmila Nebhrajani. It is anticipated that one new member will bring a commercial view of risk management, with the ability to respond constructively and intelligently to the University’s strategic agenda. The other will bring an accountancy background, with the ability to interrogate the financial statements whilst also retaining a big-picture, strategic outlook. This is an exceptional opportunity for interested individuals to share their expertise and make a positive contribution to a globally renowned institution.   Applications are invited from individuals with substantial experience of operating at or near Board level in large, complex organisations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. Candidates will have held senior leadership posts and be able to demonstrate broad experience of strategic decision making, governance, risk management, and / or digital transformation. They will have a genuine empathy for the University, its mission and its values, and an instinctive understanding of how devolved organisations operate. The roles are unremunerated. Reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.  The University of Oxford is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all forms. The University wishes to encourage applications that will strengthen diversity in its governance.  Quote: OXFORD.

Three Trustees are required for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).  The NOC – which is the UK’s leading centre for oceanographic science and technology – has a long and deservedly proud history of making a world-renowned contribution to big ocean science and of raising awareness about our oceans. Its multi-disciplinary research and large-scale scientific capabilities are world leading in tackling the big questions about the marine environment. NOC works collaboratively with partners in academia, industry, government and other marine institutions, both nationally and internationally. In recent years it has become a stand-alone research institute, operating as one of the UK’s largest charities with an annual turnover in excess of £60m. This has enabled it to be more agile and financially more resilient, with the flexibility to explore new opportunities and partnerships to support its mission. Over 600 passionate staff work across its two sites, which are co-located with leading UK universities in Southampton and Liverpool, and on its two state-of-the-art research ships, RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook. It is home to the nation’s marine data assets and manages and operates the National Marine Equipment Pool (Europe’s largest fleet of autonomous and robotic vehicles) on behalf of UK Research and Innovation.  Having successfully achieved both independence from Government and UK registered charity status, NOC is now charting its course towards balancing commercial success and growth, alongside delivering real outcomes aligned to its fundamental purpose of developing the world’s understanding of the oceans. It is seeking to appoint three Trustees to join the Board. The first will have a background in HR and/or People and Organisational Development and will chair the Remuneration Committee. The second will bring a skill set in Finance, Audit and Risk, and will chair the Audit and Risk Committee. The third will have expertise in Marketing and Engagement, and will chair NOC Innovations Ltd.  NOC’s new Trustees will inherit a tremendous legacy of value delivered through ocean science, supported by a global reputation courtesy of the outstanding people who make up the organisation. NOC has a skilled, balanced and experienced Trustee Board and Executive Team, all of whom are excited, motivated and dedicated to the journey ahead. The Trustee roles therefore present a unique opportunity to be part of the team that will lead NOC to achieve something inspirational and impactful in the field of ocean science.  We promote an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential. The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation.  On your application, please indicate which of the three seats interests you the most.  Quote: NOC.