External Member of Council

Perrett Laver Ltd
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
Cambridge, Cambridgershire (UK)
Closing date
31 Aug 2022

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Director, Consultant
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The University of Cambridge is seeking an external member (akin to a ‘Non-Executive Director’) of the University Council, the principal executive and policy making body of the University. This is a rare opportunity for an individual to join the governing body of a University that delivers extraordinary outcomes for the world through the pursuit of knowledge and which aims to use its global influence and impact for the improvement of society.

We are looking for someone who has held senior posts within organisations of significant scale and complexity, and who can demonstrate relevant leadership experience. Candidates will demonstrate alignment with the values of the University and its positive impact on society through education and research. An international perspective and experience of varying forms of organisational governance environments would be desirable.

The University has 24,000 students (of whom 40 per cent are not UK-nationals), and employs about 12,000 people in over 150 departments, faculties, and institutes. It has an annual income of £2.2 billion, of which approximately £760 million is the combined turnover of Cambridge University Press & Assessment. The University Council comprises 24 members, of whom four are external members. External members serve for a term of four years, potentially renewable once. All members of the Council are also trustees of the University as a charity.

Starting on 1 January 2023, this appointment will be for an initial period of four years until 31 December 2026, potentially renewable for another full term of four years thereafter.

The University is aiming for greater diversity throughout the institution at all levels. This is equally a priority in the governance of the University, and hence is a key aim in this appointment.

To express an interest in the post of External Member of the University Council, please upload your application to Perrett Laver’s website https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 5961. The closing date for applications is 19 September 2022.


The Perrett Laver Partnership was founded at the outset of 2002 with a view to both provide direction and leadership within our industry and to serve clients in new and innovative ways. We look to colour all that we do with two important concepts, those of Partnership and Innovation. Our areas of expertise cover all public and private industry sectors. As opposed to the ‘silo’ approach within executive search, where consultants largely work in a narrow sector or functional area, we prefer to apply a truly broad perspective to what we do by drawing upon our experience of senior appointments in a wide variety of contexts. Our research methodology is radically different to that typical in competitor firms. It is investigative, exhaustive and creative, designed to allow us to interact not only with the very best managers and leaders of today but, perhaps even more importantly, the managers and leaders of tomorrow.

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