Independent Chairman, Governance Review Post at CHRIST CHURCH (UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD)

Independent Chair, Governance Review, Christ Church, Oxford

Christ Church is a joint foundation – of a college of the University of Oxford and the cathedral church of the Diocese of Oxford – supported by a unique corporate endowment, known as House. It is also a charity, registered with the Charity Commission since 2011, and a constituent college of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1546 and housed in some of Oxford’s most notable buildings, Christ Church is home to over 450 undergraduates and 260 graduate students. The House’s total income in 2020-21 was around £36m, with an overall endowment of £674m.

The Christ Church Board of Trustees has decided to commission a review of its governance. The purpose of the review is to ensure that Christ Church’s bylaws, policies, and governance arrangements meet the needs of the institution in the 21st century. The last comprehensive review of the foundation’s bylaws was conducted in 2011. The review will encompass governance arrangements for all aspects of Christ Church, including the cathedral, college and school.

We are now seeking to appoint an independent chair who, after consultation with the Board, the Chapter and other parties, will prepare a report with recommendations for the Board to consider. The President will demonstrate appropriate knowledge of charitable governance, an understanding of the foundations of collegiate education and, ideally, familiarity with the Church of England. They must have no current or recent connection with Christ Church.

At the end of the review, the Chair will be asked to prepare a report with recommendations for the Governing Body to consider. Christ Church has committed to publishing the Review in its entirety in 2023.

The deadline for expressions of interest is April 29, 2022

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