Independent Chair


  • Permanent
Date posted:14th June 2024
Closing date:12th July 2024

Independent Non-Executive Chair

3-year term. Manchester with hybrid working.


Uniac ( has been operating for over thirty years and provides in-depth, value adding internal auditing services to the higher education sector. As a shared service, Uniac is owned by its member institutions who joined together with the  intention of co-ordinating internal audit arrangements amongst themselves and, from that, sharing good and best practice. With the largest number of specialist, HE internal audit professionals under one roof in the country, Uniac works in partnership with universities located all over the country – providing full service, co-sourcing and one-off assignment options.

Uniac’s members are seeking to appoint an independent non-executive chair to lead the Board and the business. This is a great opportunity to help enable the Board and provide the leadership, strategic vision and oversight required to achieve Uniac’s quality and growth objectives. Operating in a competitive environment, Uniac is transitioning to a company limited by guarantee and will require a Chair who can provide oversight of the governance, strategic and financial plans whilst holding the senior management to account.

This is an opportunity for a senior professional, seeking to build upon their non-executive experience and looking to work within a vibrant sector with a strong public sector ethos. Whilst a financial qualification or experience of internal audit processes would be beneficial it is by no means essential. You will however understand the commercial drivers for Uniac but demonstrate enduring values and behaviours in terms of your leadership approach. Bringing to bear your knowledge of the higher education sector, you will be experienced at building productive working relationships across organisational boundaries. You will be dynamic and agile in your approach, able to drive the best outcomes for Uniac, its customers and its members.

The Board meets three to four times a year and there is also an annual general meeting. Board membership is made up from nominated individuals (either executive or non-executive) from the member universities.

For more information, please look at the person specification for the role or talk to our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Helene Usherwood, Senior Partner at 07719 322 669 / or Sophie Ree, Research Consultant at 07719 313 982 /

Application closing date: noon Friday 12 July 2024

Final Panel Interviews: September, date to be confirmed

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter outlining your motivation and details of how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.
  • Please include details of two referees in your CV, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
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