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.

At this time we are particularly interested in recruiting governors with experience in finance, auditing, estates, health and safety, human resources and organisational development.


  • The Court of Governors are Members of the Corporation, since the LSE is both an exempt charity and a company. The Court presides over some constitutional matters, including the appointment of members of the Council. The Council is the LSE’s Board of Directors and Trustees, the membership of which is drawn from the Court. Governors have influence in the School through pre-decision discussions on key policy issues and the involvement of individual Governors in the School’s activities. 
  • The Court has a maximum of 100 members (academic, lay and student members) with a sizeable lay majority. It meets three times during the academic year in the early evening, with an additional “away day” normally held in October/November.
  • 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. This Committee is comprised of lay, academic and student members. 


  • Governors should be prepared to make time to play an active role in the life of the School, beyond attendance three times per year at formal meetings of the Court. It is appreciated that this involvement may take a variety of forms and is dependent on the interests and expertise of individual governors and the needs of the School.
  • Committees of the Court and Council all have lay governor representation. For these positions experience in areas such as estates, finance, health and safety, human resources and organisational development are particularly welcome.
  • The School greatly appreciates the ambassadorial role that governors play. Their experience at senior levels in the public, private and third sector is invaluable; as is their advice on how to secure the School’s future success and sustainability.
  • LSE is committed to upholding and promoting equality and diversity at all levels.
  • As a diverse community with global reach and impact, we welcome applications from non-British nationals based in, or available to travel to, London in the service of the School.
  • Lay Governors give of their time voluntarily. It is LSE policy not to reimburse expenses that lay governors may incur. Successful candidates will receive a full induction and have access to relevant training and development opportunities.
  • In addition to observing the Nolan Principles, Governors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of ethical behaviour and personal integrity, and to act at all times in accordance with the LSE Ethics Code, whose central precepts are:
    • Responsibility and Accountability
    • Integrity
    • Intellectual Freedom
    • Equality of Respect and Opportunity
    • Collegiality
    • 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.

For further information, please see the Role Description for Governors and a link to the form Expression 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 Thursday 10 December 2015.   

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