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Top job! Appointment of Chair

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Musselburgh
  • Closing 22nd November 2019

  • Advertised from 21st October 2019
  • An honorarium for the position is offered at the rate of £300 per day, to a maximum of £15k per annum (based on 50 days commitment annually).


The University Court is seeking to appoint a Chair to succeed Dr Frances Dow CBE in March 2020.

The Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction. This appointment provides a significant opportunity for an experienced individual to lead the Court, and to work with the incoming Principal, Sir Paul Grice, on positioning the University’s future strategic direction.

The Chair of the Court is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of the Court, and for ensuring that the University is well connected with its stakeholders, including its staff and students. The Chair leads the Court in observing the highest standards of corporate governance, including those set out in the Scottish Code for Higher Education Governance.

To fulfil this important role, we are seeking an individual with a distinguished record of successful leadership at a senior and strategic level within a large and complex public, private or third sector organisation. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, coupled with a strong commitment to, and affinity for, higher education.

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals with experience of chairing boards and committees responsible for managing strategic issues, with knowledge of the Scottish higher education sector, or with experience of key bodies relating to education in general.

If you share our values and vision, are able to subscribe to the commitments set out in the role specification, and consider you meet the person specification, we would like to hear from you.

Queen Margaret University is committed to ensuring that its Court represents the staff, students and community which it serves. As such, we would welcome applications that reflect the breadth and diversity of those communities, and that would further enhance the diversity of the Court. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application notes

The University has appointed Perrett Laver to assist in its search for this role.

Applications may be uploaded at quoting reference number 4416.

The appointing committee of the University Court will review all applications and determine which of them appears to meet the criteria for appointment. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place in early January 2020.

Enquiries may be made directly to:

Lucija Vihar ( or telephone 0207 340 6286; or to

Irene Hynd, University Secretary, Queen Margaret University ( telephone 0131 474 0525.