Director of Health and Safety Assurance


21st February 2022

Ref: GSe81117

We are looking for a senior strategic leader in health and safety to join us as a new Director of Health and Safety Assurance who can lead on the development and delivery of our health and safety strategy for the University, with a strong focus on risk analysis and management to ensure that we maintain and operate a safe and compliant environment for all staff, students, and visitors.

In this critical role you will manage our relationship with University Council and the Audit Risk Committee, as well as sit on our overseas campus health and safety committees. You will have a particularly close working relationship with our estates and facilities teams to ensure that our large campus environments are managed effectively from a health and safety perspective.

Emotionally intelligent with people-centred leadership skills and commitment to equality of opportunity for all, you will lead an established health and safety function, helping the team to continue to build upon the progress made to ensure that effective and efficient procedures are in place to identify, measure and report on health and safety-related risks, driving forward a positive health and safety culture across our university community.

Reporting to the Director of Governance and Assurance, you will bring a successful track record of health and safety leadership within higher education or in a similar large and complex environment.  We are particularly looking for experience and commitment to health and safety assurance.

We are looking for someone who is committed to the University’s values of Inclusivity, Ambition, Openness, Fairness and Respect and has a strong desire to support us in developing a university community that values diversity and fosters cultural humility.

Our ethos is built on the premise that education and research transform lives and societies around the world. This drives a commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and learning, and to unlocking the potential of over 9,000 staff and 49,000 students across campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. The culture is ambitious, simultaneously creative and disruptive, and without boundaries.

This executive search process is being managed by GatenbySanderson.

For information about this opportunity, the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit our microsite or contact Enfys Evans on 020 7426 3996, email

The role is offered on a full-time permanent basis.

Closing Date: Midnight Monday 21st February 2022