British LibraryArea: London
Deadline: Thursday 22 February 2018

In 2023, the British Library will mark its 50th anniversary as the national library of the United Kingdom, and in Living Knowledge (published in 2015) the Library has set out an ambitious vision for growth, innovation and development as that landmark date approaches.

This is a rare opportunity for an exceptional individual to lead the Board of one of the world’s great libraries, at a critical and exciting moment in its history. The British Library Board is a body corporate, ultimately responsible for everything that the Library does. In order for the British Library Board to discharge its responsibilities appropriately and effectively, day-to- day and operational management is delegated to the Chief Executive.

The Chair of the British Library Board is responsible for leading the Board in ensuring that the Library:

  • effectively fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and
  • appropriately exercises its legal powers
  • is governed effectively, and is accountable to its stakeholders
  • delivers its services within its funding agreement;
  • setting the Library’s culture, strategic priorities and direction;
  • developing and maintaining strong relationships, communicating the Library’s purposes and interests to stakeholders including the public, the Government, potential donors and benefactors, and Library staff;
  • supporting the Library in securing the resources it needs to discharge its functions and duties effectively and efficiently;
  • supporting and managing the Chief Executive, including agreeing objectives and undertaking an annual appraisal; and
  • ensuring that the Board and its members observe the highest standards of propriety and operate in accordance with the Library’s governance framework and the Nolan principles of standards in public life

Remuneration: £35,180 per annum
Time Requirements: The role is for two days per week.

For full details of person specification and application pack, please visit the Public Appointments website.