Trustee to the Governing Body

Are you excited by the role Higher Education plays in inspiring students and delivering world class research? Do you have the knowledge and skills to actively participate in strategic decision making to help achieve our vision? If so, then the University of East Anglia has opportunities to join their Governing Council. 

High profile opportunities have arisen for a number of Trustees to join the University of East Anglia’s Governing Council. We are looking for specialisms for some of the roles:

  • A Deputy Treasurer, taking on the role as Treasurer in due course
  • A Trustee to sit on Audit Committee

Our Council brings together different backgrounds and professions and we are looking to gain further diversity and expertise to help guide the University as it embarks on two major transformational projects in redeveloping its campus and its digital infrastructure. 

For all roles we are looking for candidates with a broad perspective and independence is of utmost importance. Successful candidates should desirably have experience of operating at a senior level with Board experience in either an executive or non-executive capacity in the public or private sector.  However, we are looking for additional specific insights and current specialist knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Strategic communications and public relations 
  • Fund raising 
  • Research and development in large global companies, ideally in agriculture, food or health sectors 
  • Management of complex estates, including scientific infrastructure 
  • Higher education quality and standards from a University or higher education regulatory body setting, with familiarity of quality assurance and educational standards.

All  Trustees will carry out the following responsibilities: 

  • Take ultimate collective responsibility for the affairs of the University; 
  • Approve the mission and vision of the University, its long-term plans and annual budgets; 
  • Ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems for the effective management of, and control of and accountability for the University’s affairs, property and finances and to monitor institutional performance; 
  • Ensure that the University: - applies its assets and income to its defined purposes; - acts within its legal powers (as a chartered body it may do anything which is legal in the furtherance of its objects); 
  • Protect the assets of the University; 
  • Be satisfied that actions are in accordance with the University’s Charter and Statutes; 
  • Not bind the University to a course of action which it cannot carry out; and 
  • Ensure the University remains solvent. 

Additional responsibilities are associated with specialist roles and these are expanded upon in our brochure.
These positions are not remunerated, however reasonable subsistence and expenses will be reimbursed. We would welcome discussions about how we are able to make reasonable adjustments to allow the best candidates to take up this opportunity, for example costs to cover care and/or afterschool clubs to enable the duties of the role to be carried out will be considered favourably.  

We welcome applications from all protected groups as defined by the Equality Act 2010 but would strongly encourage applications from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic backgrounds, women and individuals with disabilities. 

Further Information

Further information on these opportunities, UEA and UEA Council can be found on our recruitment brochure.

Further information about our Council Members can be found on our Council - Who We Are page.

To Apply

Please contact Linda Cole, Associate Director of Resourcing, Reward and Performance at for an informal conversation to discuss the role and how it may fit in with current responsibilities.

To apply for a position of Trustee, please send an Expression of Interest along with a CV including day time contact details to Linda Cole, Associate Director of Resourcing, Reward and Performance, email: by 31 March 2022.