Our board of trustees is made up of senior leaders and managers working in UK further and higher education.
These experts determine our strategic direction and priorities to reflect the present and future needs of the education and research communities.
The Jisc board meet to:
- Approve the strategic aims for Jisc and its value and standards
- Ensure that financial and human resources are in place to meet these aims
- Review management performance
- Ensure that Jisc's obligations to its owners and funders are understood and met
- Agree objectives and monitor performance
- Oversee the integrity of the company's accounting and financial reporting systems
- Oversee the integrity of the external audit process
- Approve the annual financial statement based on advice from the audit and risk management committee
- Oversee health and safety matters
- Review its own performance and effectiveness annually
They include appointments of our representative members meaning Jisc is owned and guided by the communities it serves, truly delivering against their priorities.
Our board of trustees
- Professor David Maguire (chair), interim principal and vice-chancellor, University of Dundee
- Professor Liz Barnes CBE, vice-chancellor and chief executive at Staffordshire University - appointed by Universities UK
- Susan Bowen, president and CEO, Aptum Technologies
- Dr Paul Feldman, chief executive, Jisc
- Debra Gray, principal, Grimsby Institute Group – appointed by AoC
- Rob McWilliam, chief financial officer, ASDA
- Dr David Pilsbury, deputy vice-chancellor (international development), Coventry University
- Professor Mark E Smith CBE, president and vice-chancellor, University of Southampton
- Dr Ken Thomson OBE - principal, Forth Valley College
- Professor Anne Trefethen, pro-vice-chancellor for people and gardens, libraries and museums, University of Oxford
- Ashley Wheaton, principal, University College of Estate Management – appointed by GuildHE
Our representative members each appoint one person to the board and act collectively to appoint the chair. Our funders collectively appoint one person to the board. A single observer representing all the funders can attend Jisc board meetings. Up to eight further trustees are appointed by the board to ensure a sufficient mix of skills and experience to provide strategic oversight of Jisc.
We’re looking for a new Chair to join us from May 2021 and bring expertise and skills gained as a vice chancellor or principal to help us fulfil our vision.
We’re the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ social enterprise for digital services and solutions. We believe in ‘technology for good’ – in improving lives through learning and research.
Ours is a culture of diverse minds – it’s open, friendly and inclusive. Our people want to make a meaningful impact and challenge conventional thinking. They’re brave risk-takers who aren’t afraid to succeed and always think one step ahead. Our ambition is to be world-class and maximising our social impact means everything – because when we prosper, everyone prospers.
Supporting Jisc to deliver its strategy to deliver world class infrastructure to support research and fulfilling the promise of our shaping the digital future of FE and skills and learning and teaching reimagined initiatives is central to the role of Jisc’s board of trustees. Working with Jisc and leading the board of trustees means that you can make a real difference to education and research in the UK.
You may also be interested in reading more about:
- Our learning and teaching reimagined initiative
- Our shaping the digital future of FE and skills initiative
- Our strategy 2019-22
- Our structure and governance
- Our 2018-19 trustees’ report and financial statements (pdf)
How to apply
Please request a detailed role brief and person specification by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please send us a statement of up to 2 A4 pages summarising your skills and experience with particular reference to the person specification and a short career summary. Statements should be submitted to email@example.com by Monday 2 November 2020.
Interviews are expected to be held in November 2020 with the appointment process being completed in December 2020. The role will formally begin in May 2021.
Please contact Ann Lloyd, governance manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or wish to arrange to discuss the role further with Professor David Maguire (current Jisc chair), Dr Paul Feldman (chief executive) or Alice Colban (deputy chief executive and chief operating officer).