Office for Students Chair

Time commitment – two days per week
Contract - 4 years, subject to performance
The creation of the Office for Students (OfS) through the Higher Education and Research Bill represents one of the most significant reforms to the regulation and oversight of higher education in England. The OfS will have responsibility for operating a new regulatory framework that puts the interests of students at the heart of the system, with a strong focus on promoting choice and competition in the provision of higher education.  The role of the OfS is set out in more detail in the Government’s White Paper, ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’.
The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint a Chair who can provide strong leadership and insight to the OfS. Working with the Board and Ministers, the Chair will provide strategic direction, support and challenge to the CEO and the executive team. 
This pivotal role as the first Chair of the OfS offers the opportunity to make a real and tangible contribution to the Government’s wider commitment to raising standards in education and improving social mobility.  Candidates will have held senior public or private sector positions and possibly some non-executive roles. Educational and/or regulatory experience is desirable.
For further details and to apply, please visit the Centre for Public Appointments website via https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/office-for-students-chair/
Closing date is 11:59pm Thursday 24 November 2016.