Chair of Remuneration Committee

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Organisation: Open University Students Association

Location Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK7 6AA
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit n/a
Application deadline 29 Aug 2017
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J55565

Opportunity description

An exciting new opportunity for someone with skills in leading and chairing meetings, facilitating discussions and making sound recommendations to lead a new Remuneration Committee acting in an advisory capacity to our Board of Trustees.

The role

To provide capable leadership to the OU Students Association’s Remuneration Committee to ensure that it performs its responsibilities effectively in making high quality recommendations to the Trustees.

Key tasks

  • To ensure that the Remuneration Committee operates within the parameters set by its terms of reference and is cognisant of the role of the Open University Students Association as a student union within the definition of the Education Act 1994 and as a registered charity, accountable to its members and with a strong relationship with the Open University.

  • To effectively chair meetings, whether face-to-face or by correspondence. This will include facilitating good quality discussions with clear actions, involving all committee members and ensuring due consideration is made to consultation and professional advice where relevant.

  • To work closely with the committee secretary to set meeting dates and agendas, to ensure the accuracy of the minutes, to set the scope for any external advice and to assist with the induction of new Remuneration Committee members where appropriate and relevant.

  • To ensure that the Remuneration Committee takes a professional and considered approach to forming high quality recommendations which are unbiased and evidence-led.

  • To understand and appreciate the role of the Remuneration Committee to act as an advisory body in support of the Board of Trustees and to respect that final decisions will be made by the Board of Trustees.

  • To produce a regular report to the Board of Trustees meetings, to be delivered in person where possible.

  • To attend our biennial conference on the weekend of 22-24 June 2018 to answer questions from members.

  • To ensure that the Remuneration Committee carries out a regular effectiveness review and reports recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Required skills

  • General management
  • HR
  • Governance

Person description


  • Experience in a senior management position

  • Experience as the Chair of a committee or board, preferably in the charity sector

  • Good understanding of the charity sector, preferably including prior experience as a Trustee

  • Experience of Remuneration Committee work or similar (Desirable)

  • Working knowledge of the HR legal framework and relevant sector practice (Desirable)


  • Excellent leadership skills

  • Chairing meetings

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact

  • Numerate

  • IT skills including Microsoft Office

Personal qualities

  • A considered professional approach

  • Effective understanding of our organisation, the role and our context

  • Strong interest in performing the role and supporting the OU Students Association

  • Strong commitment to fairness and ethical decision making

  • Willingness to devote the time and effort to successfully perform this role, including developing an understanding of the issues at hand and undertaking relevant training

  • Confident and assertive, willing to make decisions that are in the best interests of the organisation

  • Commitment to the Nolan principles

  • Commitment to equality and diversity


Applicants must not be a member of the OU Students Association, hold any elected or paid position within the Association, or the Open University, nor be a member of the Open University’s Council.

What impact the opportunity will have

As Chair of the Remuneration Committee, you'll be using your experience and skills to help the Committee make sound recommendations to the Board of Trustees. This Committee will play in important role in our governance and future development and you will have a real opportunity to help to shape its work.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to assist the development of the OU Students Association, a charity serving the interests of around 170,000 Open University students across the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. This vital role will allow you to use your experience to help our strategic decision making and your contribution will be greatly appreciated by the Board of Trustees and our staff team.

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

We estimate that the total commitment may be in the region of 6-8 days in working hours plus occasional time to deal with correspondence.

Other details

Additional application instructions

Please refer to the attached information pack which provides a full overview of the role and the terms of reference for the new Remuneration Committee. Please apply by CV and Covering Letter of no more than two pages detailing your match with our person specification and why you are applying for the role by 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 29 August 2017.