• Thursday 17 January 2013
  • NO. 5011
  • VOL. 143

Consultative notices

External Membership of Council

Invitation to Congregation to submit nominations for consideration

Procedure for election of external members of Council

There will be a vacant place on Council for an external member from Trinity term 2013, and another vacancy will arise from Michaelmas term 2014. An external member is defined in Council Statute I as 'a person who is not the resident holder of a teaching, research or administrative post in the University or in any college, society or Permanent Private Hall'.

Members of Congregation are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Nominations Committee for the two places on Council, taking account of the criteria set out below, on a form available on or from the Registrar’s office (Oxford 280415). The Nominations Committee expects that nominations will be made without any communication by the nominator with the nominee. Nominators should indicate on the nominations form if any informal communication has taken place.

The closing date for nominations is 8 February.

The Nominations Committee will act in accordance with Council Regulation 15 of 2002 – available on the website at Current Council members are listed at The committee is being assisted by Saxton Bampfylde recruitment consultants.

The committee will consider all nominations and applications received by the closing date as well as any candidates proposed by its own members and by the search consultants; it will select from them having due regard to the principles of equality and diversity and the published selection criteria, and it will then make recommendations to Council. Council will consider all recommendations received from the Nominations Committee and will either propose a candidate for approval by Congregation or will ask the committee to submit further names for its consideration. If a candidate is rejected by Congregation the committee will propose a further candidate or candidates to be put to Council in accordance with the above procedures until the vacancy is filled.

The appointments will be for four years, extendable for a further four years.

Responsibilities of members of Council

Whilst Congregation is the University’s sovereign body, Council is the University’s executive governing body. It is responsible for the advancement of the University’s objects, for its administration, and for the management of its finances and property. Council is therefore responsible for the academic policy and strategic direction of the University, subject to the powers of Congregation. Legally, the members of Council are charity trustees and are bound by fiduciary duties. Each must comply with the duties of a charity trustee, and when doing so must exercise the proper standard of care.

Criteria for external members of Council

All members of Council will have a strong personal commitment to Higher Education and to the values, aims and objectives of Oxford as a collegiate University (ie the University and its colleges).

In considering nominations for external membership of Council, personal qualities will be the primary consideration, but clearly successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate significant levels of relevant experience. The Nominations Committee will consider demonstrable evidence of the following:

  • significant experience in a position or positions requiring the exercise of high levels of responsibility;
  • substantial experience in the governance of large complex organisations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
  • the ability to engage with issues such as educational policy, strategic planning, risk management, IT and information systems, property, investment, financial management and legal issues, in order to ensure a balance of skills and experience on Council;
  • a willingness to represent the values, aims and objectives of the University to those who are not part of the institution and to bring a better understanding of issues outside the institution to the members of the collegiate University;
  • the capacity to act fairly and impartially in the interests of the University as a whole, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate, and avoiding conflicts of interest;
  • the willingness to listen, engage, understand and interact with members of the collegiate University at all levels; and
  • the willingness to play a role in liaising between key stakeholders and the University and in fundraising.

The role also requires the willingness and ability to devote a significant amount of time on a voluntary basis. External members of Council are expected to spend one to two days per month in Oxford. It is expected that the people appointed to these roles will become involved in the life of the University, and may be asked to become members of other committees.

All members have a responsibility for ensuring that Council conducts itself in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour in public life, embracing selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. They must also play an appropriate part in ensuring that the business of Council is carried out effectively, efficiently and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business.

Biographical information about the current external members of Council

Alice Perkins, CB, graduated in Modern History (St Anne's, 1971) and went straight into the Civil Service fast stream. Her career spanned policy and operations in the Departments of Health and Social Security, public spending in HM Treasury and Civil Service reform in the Cabinet Office. In her last job, she reported to the Cabinet Secretary and was responsible for Civil-Service-wide policies on human resource management, training and development, and reform. She left the Civil Service in 2005 and has since had a number of part-time roles, including non-executive director roles on the boards of Littlewoods, BAA and TaylorNelsonSofres. She is currently non-executive chair of Post Office Limited. She is also a part-time executive coach at the JCA Group. Ms Perkins has been a member of Council since MT 2006; her second term expires in Michaelmas term 2014. She has been a member of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, the Task Force on Academic Employment, the Saïd Business School's Business Advisory Council and the chair of the Nominations Committee and is currently a member of the Finance Committee.

Sir Crispin Davis graduated in Modern History (Oriel, 1970).  He then worked for Procter & Gamble from 1970–90, holding a series of senior positions in the UK and Germany before becoming President of the company’s North American food business. Between 1990 and 1993 he was Group Managing Director for Guinness Group and then became Chief Executive Officer for Aegis Group plc, a leading global media service company, between 1994 and 1999. Between 2000 and 2009 he was Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier Plc. He was knighted in 2004, for services to publishing and information. He has been Chairman of Starbev BV. Sir Crispin is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline, a member of the Global Advisory Board for Citigroup and a member of the Council and the Board of Trustees for the National Trust. He has in the past served on the Development Board of the Tate (2002–7) and the Oxford University Press Finance Committee (1994–9). He has been a member of Council since Hilary term 2009 and is a member of Finance Committee and chair of the Committee to Review the Salaries of Senior University Officers.

Sir Paul Nurse graduated in Biology from Birmingham University (1970). His PhD was in cell biology and biochemistry at the University of East Anglia. He did postdoctoral work in Bern, Edinburgh and Sussex before joining the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in 1984. He was Iveagh Professor of Microbiology at Oxford during 1988–93, before becoming Director of Research at ICRF, and later Director General in 1996. In 2002 Professor Nurse was appointed Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, and he moved his laboratory to the United States when appointed President of Rockefeller University in 2003. In 1989 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1995 he became a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. In 1999 he was knighted for services to cancer research and cell biology. In 2001 Sir Paul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and in 2002 he received the Légion d’Honneur. He has received a number of awards, including the Royal Society’s Copley medal in 2005. Amongst other non-executive positions, Sir Paul has been a non-executive trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2006. He became President of the Royal Society in 2010 and Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute in 2011. He has been a member of Council since Michaelmas term 2010.

Jayne Almond graduated in PPE (St Hilda's, 1975). She then worked for Shell from 1978 to 1984 in a number of roles before moving to LEK Consulting, a leading strategy consulting firm, where she became a senior partner and Head of LEK's Financial Service practice. In 1999 she joined Lloyds TSB where she had a number of roles including Managing Director of European Internet Banking, Director of Retail Banking Strategy and Group Marketing Director. She left Lloyds TSB to join Barclays in 2003 where she became Managing Director of Barclays Home Finance division, which included Barclays/Woolwich mortgage business. She left Barclays to set up Stonehaven, a specialist mortgage business, which was launched in August 2006 and where she is currently Executive Chairman. Ms Almond is a member of the Competition Commission and has been a non-executive director of Ascot plc and Deputy Chairman of CDC (the UK government's development finance institution). She has been a member of Council and chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee since Hilary term 2012.

Electoral Boards

Revised Composition of an Electoral Board

The revised composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon                    

  Appointed by
Dr S Mapstone Mr Vice-Chancellor1
The Master of Pembroke ex officio
Dr H O’Donoghue Council
Professor H Magennis Council
Professor S Foot Humanities Division
Professor V Gillespie Faculty of English
Professor K O’Brien O’Keeffe Faculty of English
Professor N Palmer Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Professor H Small Pembroke 
1Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Statute IX, Sect 10 and 11.

Visiting Professorships


The Humanities Board has re-conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Philosophy on Professor Roger Scruton, MA PhD Camb, FBA, for three years from 1 January 2013.

Recognition of Distinction

Social Sciences

The following title has been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Platteau, J-P, BA MA PhD Namur, Professor of Development Economics in the Department of International Development with effect from 1 October 2012.

Musical Events

University Church

Rededication Service

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, will preside and preach at a Eucharist to mark the end of the renovation works at 10.30am on Sunday, 3 February, at the University Church.


Balliol Musical Society concerts

Concerts take place every other Sunday at 8.30pm. Admission free; all welcome. Information:

20 Jan: Bethan Langford, mezzo soprano, and Justin Snyder, piano. Music by Enescu, Schumann, Britten, Crumb, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Weill

3 Feb: Balliol Society Concert: Guy Johnston, cello, and Tom Poster, piano. Music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Britten

17 Feb: John Farmer Memorial Concert: Libor Novacek, piano. Music by Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt   

3 Mar: Balliol College Members’ Concert

New College

Organ Recitals

24 Jan, 8pm: Steven Grahl, Assistant Organist, will play Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur. Everyone welcome; admission free. See: (events).

New College Choir – The Sacred Music of Benjamin Britten

30 Jan, 7.30pm: The choir launches its new recording of works by Benjamin Britten with a special concert of his sacred music. New College Chapel. Tickets £15, available from the Playhouse Box Office: or 01865 305305.

St Hilda’s

Music Society Lunchtime Recital Series at the JdP

Recitals are held at 1.15pm on Thursdays during term. Refreshments are served and admission is free; all welcome. Coordinated by Dr Jonathan Williams, Director of College Music.

17 Jan: music for electric Celtic harp with Raphaëlle Vallet, St Hilda's

24 Jan: Sarah Johnson, horn, Jack Chown, marimba, and Toby Huelin, piano

31 Jan: music for clarinet and piano by Bax, Widmann and Messager with Joe Norris, Lady Margaret Hall, and Will Green, Christ Church

7 Feb: Marcus Farnsworth, baritone and winner of 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition: Schumann’s Dichterliebe with James Cheung, piano. Followed by a masterclass, 2–4pm

14 Feb: music for soprano with Ellen Timothy, St Hilda's

21 Feb: professional violin recital with Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong: Beethoven’s sonatas in D, op 12/1, and G, op 30/3

28 Feb: Sonatas for Strings with Charlotte Parr and Anna Kaznowska, St Hilda's: music by Schumann, Debussy and Ligeti

7 Mar: Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with Beth Allen, Henry Chandler, Naomi Watson, James Keasley and George Cooke

Friends of the Bodleian

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will will be performed by Sovereign Arts at 7pm on  9 February in the Divinity School, Bodleian Library. Pre-performance talk at 5pm.  Details and tickets from or visit