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Chief Executive

The UK is a global leader in higher education. The UK HE sector now has over 270 higher education providers including 162 publicly funded institutions, which range from six of the world’s top 25 research-intensive universities to a number of small specialist institutions. These 162 form the core of UCEA’s 171 member institutions. There are 430,000 substantive staff employed in the sector which generates more than £95 billion of revenue for the UK economy. 
 
A new Chief Executive is now sought with the incumbent stepping down at the end of the year. In a period of unprecedented change and challenge in the Higher Education sector, the appointee will provide vital leadership and develop the organisation to meet the changing needs of its member institutions. The Chief Executive reports to the Chair of UCEA, Professor Mark E. Smith CBE (Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University) and will work with the Board to develop and deliver a strategic plan and vision for the coming years. UCEA has a team of eighteen and is responsible for annual pay negotiations covering 146 HEIs with a payroll cost of £17bn. 
 
Ideal candidates will be inspirational and strategic leaders with exemplary relationship-building skills. They will possess excellent knowledge of HR, an understanding of employment law and significant experience of employee relations in a unionised environment. Candidates will be clear-thinking influencers who can interpret data deftly, communicate clearly and negotiate effectively to secure positive results. Experience of managing people and budgets will be important. Resilience will be critical to the Chief Executive’s success in this high-pressured and public-facing role. A background in Higher Education is not essential, but candidates must be able to grasp the complexity of the sector quickly.
 
For more information, including details of how to apply, please visit www.minervasearch.com/ucea or email ucea@minervasearch.com  
 
The closing date for receipt of applications is 26 July 2019.