Non-Executive Chair

Job Title: Non-Executive Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £50,000
Job Published: June 20, 2019 08:00

Job Description

The Department for Education are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Student Loans Company board.

The SLC delivers finance to students to enable them to participate in education. It’s a not-for-profit organisation and is one of Government’s most high-profile delivery bodies.  To find out more about our role in supporting the Higher and Further Education sectors please take a look here:

We are looking for an inspirational leader with proven experience operating as a Chair at senior board or committee level.  The SLC manages a loan book worth more than £117bn, holding data on 8 million borrowers, to be successful you will already be leading in a complex, challenging and high-profile environment.

Our Chair works with the Board, overseeing the executive, ensuring resources and skills are commensurate with its delivery obligations so a track record of providing strategic direction, independent judgement and effective decision making is essential.

As Chair, you will be joining the SLC Board at a pivotal moment in our history. Facing a number of challenges and opportunities during the coming months and years, it is essential that you have experience of the people, culture, technology and operational requirements that lead to transformational change in a complex and high-stakes operation, having the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

Under your leadership, the Board will ensure it continues to have the right balance of skills and experience which allow it to direct SLC’s business, whilst providing support and constructive challenge to the executive leadership Team. You will demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times, provide assurance on risk management and internal control, and ensure that best practice is followed, creating and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and customers that have diverse interests.

The time requirement for the role is 8 days per month, with remuneration of £50,000 per annum. Board meetings are held 10 times per year, and will be held in London, Glasgow, Llandudno and Darlington. 

The Department for Education is committed to the principle of making public appointments based on merit with openness, fairness and equal opportunities for all. Applications are welcome from all, and particularly encourage applications from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups. Both UK nationals and international candidates are encouraged to apply

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