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Chair of Board of Directors

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Hybrid: Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th July 2024

  • Advertised from 27th May 2024
  • Hours: Approximately ten hours a month, in addition to preparing for, and participating in, Board meetings. Duration: Appointments are expected to last three years, with the possibility of a second term. The combined length of terms cannot exceed eight years.


About ENSA

Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA) exists to enable our 20,000 student members across Edinburgh and around the globe to make the most of their university experience. We do this by representing, supporting and developing Edinburgh Napier University students to be successful in their studies; to try out new things; to engage in, and contribute to, university life; to be healthy and happy; to bring about positive change; and to have fun.

About the role

As our Chair has now come to the end of her term in office, we are looking to recruit a new Chair with the skills and experience to lead the Board of Directors, promoting good governance and providing effective and empowering line management to support our CEO. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has the strategic focus, governance understanding, leadership experience and time to support and develop a committed Board and ensure ENSA delivers the best experience for students.

Please see the Job Description and Person Spec for full details.

About ENSA’s Board of Directors

The Board is collectively in charge of ENSA, for upholding its values and aligning it to the Association’s charitable aims. It has overall responsibility for ENSA’s governance: budget-setting and financial reporting, health and safety, human resources and legal compliance.

The Board is made up of 12 Directors: six External Lay Directors (including the Chair) appointed through a competitive process for their professional expertise; three Student Lay Directors who are registered students of Edinburgh Napier University and appointed through a competitive process; and three Sabbatical Officers who are elected by the student body.

In line with charity law, all ENSA’s Directors (elected and appointed) have equal status. Directors have a variety of experience and skills which offer different perspectives, and are all, jointly and severally, liable for the governance of the charity. Directors are expected to take their responsibilities seriously, attend meetings, and manage any conflicts of interests appropriately.

Application notes

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 12 July.

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (maximum two sides of A4) highlighting your experience, what you would bring to the role, and your motivation to join ENSA.
  • A CV showing your experience to date, highlighting responsibilities and achievements.
  • Contact details for two referees (at least one professional). Referencing will not be conducted unless successful and referees will not be contacted without prior permission.

Applicants should apply online by email to*

Informal queries can be addressed to

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email and invited to an interview to take place mid-April. It is expected that all interviews will be held virtually on Teams.

ENSA is committed to equality for all, and we encourage applications from anyone who meets the above criteria.

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*If you have any trouble using the HR email address, please contact us at to let us know and we will be in touch. Please do not send your application to this address.