Search for new governors


LSE is seeking to renew the membership of its Court of Governors and invites expressions of interest from individuals who care passionately about the life-changing opportunities afforded by access to higher education, and who have time and expertise to lend to the governance of the LSE. Members of the Court of Governors come from many different cultures and walks of life and will join a global and vibrant School community.

The LSE is both an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee. Members of the Court are non-shareholding members of the company. The Court of Governors presides over some constitutional matters, including the election of members to the Council (the School’s Board of company directors and trustees).

Governors may be appointed to serve on the Council and on various School committees and for those roles experience in certain fields, such as property, finance, audit, law, IT and communications, are particularly welcome. But beyond this, the School greatly appreciates the ambassadorial role carried out by Governors whose experience may span a number of different sectors and regions. Governors play a key role in offering advice, support and constructive challenge to the Council (our ‘Board’) and the senior management team. They play a vital role in ensuring the School’s future success and sustainability.


Up to 100 members may be admitted to the Court, of whom approximately 80% are lay members. It meets three times during the academic year in the early evening, with an additional “away day” normally held in October/November.

We are currently seeking to appoint up to 6 new lay Governors. Governors do not have to be alumni, but great enthusiasm for the School and a passion for the social sciences are essential. 

Recruitment of lay governors is overseen by the School’s Nominations Committee which comprises lay, academic and student members. 

LSE is committed to upholding and promoting equality and diversity at all levels.


Governors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of ethical behaviour and personal integrity, and to act at all times in accordance with the Nolan Principles and LSE’s Ethics Code, the central precepts of which are:

o    Responsibility and Accountability

o    Integrity

o    Intellectual Freedom

o    Equality of Respect and Opportunity

o    Collegiality

o    Sustainability

The School’s Articles of Association stipulate that no individual who has been adjudicated bankrupt, or against whom such adjudication stands un-annulled, can be elected as a Governor of the LSE.

Governors serve as unpaid volunteers and the School does not reimburse out of pocket expenses. Successful candidates will receive a full induction and have access to relevant training and development opportunities.

For further information see the Role Description for Governors and link to the form for Expressions of Interest. Please attach a current CV (maximum length 2 pages)

Please return completed form  to Joan Poole, Governance Team, Governance, Legal & Policy Division  by Monday 12 January 2015.   

If you have queries Joan would be happy to help, please email or call her on 020 7955 7825,