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Senior Regulatory Lawyer and Deputy Clerk to the Board Bournemouth University

Join a dynamic, young university and use your legal expertise to navigate a complex regulatory landscape to deliver high quality specialist legal advice and a compliant governance function at Bournemouth University, as the Senior Regulatory Lawyer and Deputy Clerk to the Board.

  • Location: Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth
  • Salary: £56,02 to £79,831 dependent upon experience.
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd July

About the role.

Bournemouth University operates in a highly regulated sector, with ever-increasing regulatory requirements impacting all areas of its activity. The Senior Regulatory Lawyer and Deputy Clerk to the Board will lead the provision of regulatory legal advice to the University and the Board across a diverse remit. In addition, the postholder will hold the formal role of Deputy Clerk to the Board and as part of their duties, will ensure that the Board and all its members and Committees have full clerking support at all times. The post holder reports to the Head of Legal Services and Corporate Governance, who is also the Clerk to the Board, and will be responsible for line management of the Senior Governance Managers.

The University Board

The Board oversees the strategic development of the University and ensures the effective use of resources and the general solvency of the institution.

Led by an externally appointed Chair, the Board comprises members from within higher education, industry and commerce as well as representatives of the students and academic and professional services staff.

The Vice-Chancellor and certain members of the University Executive Team are Board Members.

There are six sub-committees that report to the Board and these include:

  • Audit, Risk and Governance
  • Finance and Resources
  • Remuneration
  • Nominations
  • Student Experience, Quality and Standards

Click on this link for more information about the governance of the University.

The role.

The Senior Regulatory Lawyer and Deputy Clerk to the Board will work across the University and directly with the University Executive Team (UET), and Heads of Faculties and Services, to lead on and deliver high-quality specialist legal advice with a regulatory focus and a fully compliant corporate governance function.

This role will lead on the provision of specialist legal advice to enable the University to operate compliantly within regulatory frameworks that include:

  • Office for Students (OfS)
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Charity Law
  • Data Protection Law

With the support of the Senior Governance Managers, the postholder will be expected to draft and review specialist legal and governance documentation to meet regulatory and publication requirements; draft and review contracts for the University; and work directly with the University Executive, and Board and Committee Chairs in advising and writing Board and Committee papers.

By working closely with the Clerk of the Board, and all Board and Committee members, you will ensure the University meets the requirements of the CUC Governance Code and remove single points of failure as a full Deputy Clerk to the Board. Supporting

the delivery of Corporate Governance activities, you will lead on Independent Effectiveness Reviews, Board Recruitment, and regulatory reporting, policies and procedures.

When deputising for the Clerk, the postholder will be required to liaise directly with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board, as well as the Vice Chancellor as the Accountable Officer and the OfS as regulator.

The role will require the postholder to stay up-to-date with changes in a highly regulated sector with increasing legal, regulatory and governance requirements.

Who are we looking for?

Bournemouth University is seeking a fully qualified solicitor or barrister qualified to practice in England and able to work unsupervised. Candidates must bring experience of providing legal advice in or to a regulated sector and Corporate Governance support, as well as significant experience of drafting and amending complex legal documents.

Ideally, you will bring knowledge of at least one of the relevant specialist areas of consumer law, public and regulatory law, charity law or data protection, and bring sufficient legal knowledge that enables you to grasp new and emerging areas of specialism as required by the University’s diverse remit.

We are seeking those with exemplary verbal and written communication skills, who can demonstrate their ability to manage and work with teams of legal and governance professionals and to collaborate effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

A strong commitment to a culture of high-quality governance and regulatory compliance is essential, alongside an alignment to the mission and values of the institution.


Bournemouth University employees are entitled to a range of benefits. This role includes the following:

  • 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays and Christmas closure days)
  • Hybrid working (minimum 2 days in the office)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme, with 18% employer contributions

Please click on the link for more details about the pay, rewards and benefits.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Welcome from the Head of Legal Services and Corporate Governance and Clerk to the Board

Thank you very much for your interest in the Legal Services and Corporate Governance team at Bournemouth University. This is an exciting time to join the University as we work on our next strategic plan to take us beyond BU2025.

If you are motivated by the idea of working for a charity that has the power to transform society and the lives of our students; and if you value working in a friendly and supportive team, we would love to hear from you.

The team is dedicated, collaborative and flexible lawyers and governance professionals who enjoy being directly involved in the University’s activities and changing lives through higher education. We cover a broad and interesting in-house remit as well as working directly with the Board on our corporate governance.

The team delivers legal work including education contracts, research and knowledge exchange contracts, commercial contracts, international collaborations, IT contracts, estates, regulatory, disputes, consumer and charity law. The team supports the Board and its sub-committees as well as providing company secretarial support to our subsidiary companies. We also co-ordinate responses to the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection subject access requests.

Professional development is an important part of our culture to ensure we can meet the changing needs of the University. We are investing in this role so that we continue to support areas of growth into the next strategic plan. The role will support the Board and the University in meeting our regulatory and corporate governance requirements at an important time for the sector and the University. The power of higher education to drive positive societal impact is at the heart of what we do.

Thank you for taking the time to be part of our future.

Deborah Wakely
Head of Legal Services and Corporate Governance and Clerk to the Board

About Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University has around 17,000 students and is ranked as one of the top 100 young universities in the world in the THE Young University Rankings 2024. Our vision is to be recognised worldwide as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice.

Our strategic plan, BU2025, sets out our vision, values and outcomes, with the Fusion of education, research and practice at its heart.

We benefit from a wonderful location, situated between one of the UK’s newest national parks and a seven-mile-long sandy beach that was recently included in the top 25 beaches in Europe. We’re also home to the second largest natural harbour in the world, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast located nearby. This makes for an excellent test-bed for our research and a wonderful place to relax and call home after work or study. Good transport links mean that London is only two hours away.

Our motto at BU is Discere Mutari Estto learn is to change. It’s a principle that runs through everything we do across education, research, professional practice, and public engagement. When you join us, you become a part of a learning community that strives to make an impact on the world around us – aiming for a more sustainable, inclusive, and healthy society.

BU offers undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research degrees, as well as continuing professional development and training courses and has four academic faculties:

  • The Bournemouth University Business School
  • Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Media & Communication
  • Faculty of Science & Technology

BU is a catalyst for growth to boost local skills and advance the region we call home, with regional partnerships in healthcare, business, sport and more. Many students and staff benefit directly from these partnerships, with organisations like University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) and Premier League football club AFC Bournemouth.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, 94% of our research was found to be internationally recognised or above, with 19% found to be world-leading in quality. This reflects our commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for research to flourish and ensuring research activity supports our engagement with industry and practice and informs education.

We employ around 1,800 staff and we continue to invest in our buildings and facilities, such as our Poole and Bournemouth Gateway Buildings, and our sports facility, Chapel Gate.

Bournemouth University is a Higher Education Corporation created by statute and is an exempt charity. For more information click here.

Accessibility information

Sunshine illuminates golden beaches and blue-green seas along the Dorset coast at Middle Chine between Poole and Bournemouth

BU wants to make our campuses and facilities as accessible as possible for students, staff and visitors, and we work hard to ensure we meet the varied needs of everyone who works or studies at BU.

As part of our commitment, we work with AccessAble to provide detailed access information about all of our buildings and facilities. You can find a full list here.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets every term to discuss BU’s work and policies in these areas and to look for ways to continually improve, both as an employer and a higher education institution. As part of our work, we create action plans and publish an annual report, which you can find here.

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

Bournemouth University has signed up to a number of national equality schemes, which reflect sector practice and our commitment to making BU a welcoming place to work and study:

  • Disability Confident
  • Mindful Employer charter
  • Stonewall
  • AccessAble
  • Athena Swan
  • Race Equality Charter
  • Business Disability Forum

Please read further about our schemes here.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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