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Independent Governorship of the London School of Economics and Political Science (Voluntary)

The LSE is currently seeking new independent members of the Court of Governors.

We are looking for high calibre individuals capable of playing a leading role in the School, not only through the Court’s externally focused representations and strategic discussions, but also potentially as a member of the Council (the governing body) and its sub-committees. The names of current governors can be found at Membership|.

Governors do not have to be alumni, but enthusiasm for the LSE and an appreciation of the value of the social sciences is essential.

We are looking for governors with senior level experience in the public, private or voluntary sector, ideally with relevant business skills to meet the needs of the School, who would contribute to extending the School’s network of contacts. The Court should reflect the diversity of the staff/student body.

Areas of expertise of particular interest to the School are: finance, property, audit, health & safety, fundraising and marketing.

The LSE is committed to upholding equality and diversity, and a desire to increase the representation of governors from minority ethnic groups on Court demonstrates how we are seeking to implement our duty to promote race equality, as set out in the Equality Act 2010. Applications from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups will, therefore, be particularly welcomed.

Equally, we aim to achieve a 50/50 gender balance on the Court and are keen to appoint more women as Governors.

Meetings of the Court of Governors are held three times per year in Central London, starting at 5pm and lasting for 1.5 - 2 hours.


The LSE Court of Governors deals with some constitutional matters and has influence in the School through pre-decision discussions on key policy issues and the involvement of individual governors in the School's activities. In the exercise of their responsibilities all Governors will draw upon and contribute insights and expertise from the rich diversity of their professional knowledge, experience and expertise.

Among the Court’s responsibilities are:

To support the governance of the School through membership of committees and in many cases, of the Council (the School’s governing body).

To participate in discussions of strategic importance at Court meetings and informal meetings, on topics such as:

  • The Strategic Plan
  • The student experience
  • Quality of teaching
  • Research
  • Widening participation and access
  • International strategy and markets
  • Financial position of the School
  • Estate strategy
  • Academic developments
  • Library developments
  • Fundraising

To provide the School, the Council and the Director with expert advice, support and encouragement at and between meetings of the Court.

To provide the Council (the LSE’s governing body) and the Director with insight into how the School is seen nationally and to some extent, internationally.

To provide a network of contacts, information and influence for the School, including in respect of fundraising.

To participate in considering the criteria for the appointment of the Director and the strategic issues in the School which should be borne in mind when appointing the Director.


To be considered for independent membership of the Court of Governors please complete the application form| and send with a copy of your CV by email to Joan Poole, Governance Team, Planning and Corporate Policy Division, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2 AE j.a.poole@lse.ac.uk| by Wednesday 17 November 2010.

All applications will be acknowledged and forwarded to the Nominations Committee for their consideration. Applicants will be informed within six months of the status of their application whether they have been included on LSE’s list of prospective Independent Governors for appointment to the Court as and when vacancies arise.