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Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks co-opted Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks co-opted Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Closing Date
27 April 2021
Egham, London
Time Commitment
5 meetings + 1 strategy day

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is a pioneering university, steeped in history and culture, yet constantly evolving and adapting to the demands of modern higher education.

The university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, Royal Holloway is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. As teachers and researchers, they change lives, expand minds and help current and future leaders understand power and responsibility. Diversity defines the strength of the College, as it welcomes students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work at RHUL, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close-knit and historic campus.

Royal Holloway is a recognised leader in the provision of higher education in the information security field. As such, it is continually striving to improve what it does, not only in the lecture theatre but also in the way it runs its operations.

Role specification

The Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee is a Sub-committee of the College Council and is responsible for advising and assisting the Council, in respect of the entire assurance and control environment of the institution. It is responsible for keeping under review the effectiveness of the risk management, culture, control and governance arrangements within the College and monitoring the implementation of agreed audit-based recommendations. Additionally, it is in charge of duties related to external and internal auditors.

Within College, the information technology and cyber security domains are fast-moving, with a plan for the further development of a secure, efficient and effective service for students and staff. Therefore, for this appointment, the co-opted member will serve as a sounding board as well as challenging the Chief Technology Officer and advise them on improving the online systems of the College and ensuring data security. They will also provide mentorship and guidance to strengthen the current technology system in place.


Person specification

The Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC) is seeking to co-opt an external member who has strategic cyber / information security experience.

The successful candidate will have significant experience at a senior level in a role where they have overseen cyber / information technology, perhaps as CTO or in another senior role. They will be able to provide advice and guidance on the risks and strategy around cyber / information security in the University, and will act as a critical friend to the University’s Chief Information Officer. An up-to-date knowledge of IT governance, data and information security is important. The successful individual could come from any sector, but they will bring a nuanced understanding of IT / cybersecurity and an ability to step back and view the bigger picture.

Candidates should be authentic, collaborative and be able to operate in a high-achieving context. Experience in education is absolutely not necessary, but applicants should bring an interest in and passion for the Higher Education sector, and an understanding of the responsibilities around governance, as they will work closely with the Committee members and senior management of the College. With diversity and inclusivity at the heart of RHUL’s values, it particularly welcomes candidates who will bring diverse experiences and perspectives.

Required for this role

  • Risk acumen in a digital business Experience in a strategic leadership role with oversight of risk and governance specific to the digital environment (e.g. cybersecurity, data protection and technology stack). Candidates should have an up-to-date familiarity with relevant policy and governance frameworks.


RHUL welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As women are currently under-represented on the Board, applications from those candidates would be particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated, and reasonable, pre-agreed domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. The appointment is for a four year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board.


This process is being run by Nurole on behalf of the organisation, who will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round.

Connected parties

This organisation has requested that candidates do not contact them directly. Instead, if you know someone at the organisation, please mention it in your Reason for Application. Members who do not respect this may risk having their membership terminated.

For further information please contact www.nurole.com directly enquiries@nurole.com