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Appointing a new Warden

Student page

We’ve commenced the process of looking for a new Warden, following the announcement of the forthcoming retirement of Patrick Loughrey.

The Warden’s role is defined in Goldsmiths’ charter as the principal academic, administrative and executive officer of the College.

We want to make sure that stakeholders across and beyond the College are involved in this process, and that you have opportunities to help shape our Council’s search for the best candidate to lead Goldsmiths.

As the project progresses we will update this page, and actively promote further opportunities to engage in the process as they arise.

Search Committee

Council is responsible for appointing the College’s Warden, as set out in our Statutes. At its meeting on 20 September 2018, Council agreed that a sub-committee should be established to lead the search and form the final interview panel.

The ‘Search Committee’ will include external and internal members of Council, student and staff representation, and be chaired by the Chair of Council. The following individuals have so far agreed to be on the panel:

Dinah Caine Chair of Council
Vanessa Sharp External member of Council
Helen MacNamara External member of Council
Aaron Porter External member of Council
John Price Head of Department, member of Academic Board and Internal member of Council
Richard Noble Head of Department, member of Academic Board and former Internal member of Council
JT President of Goldsmiths’ Students Union

The Committee will be supported in their work by the Registrar and Secretary, and the Director of HR.

Following a competitive tender process, Perrett Laver, an executive search firm, has been appointed to assist the Committee with aspects of the recruitment process.

Search Process

At this stage, the process remains fluid and the following is offered purely as an indicative timeline.

An open web survey was conducted during October and November 2018 to seek initial views on the qualities and skills needed from Goldsmiths’ next Warden. The feedback is currently being analysed and a summary report will be published here by the end of January 2019.

At this stage we are conducting a series of focus groups with stakeholders to supplement the web survey. These sessions will involve various groups of students and staff, and will take place during December 2018. The aim of the focus group discussions, which will together involve up to 150 members of the College community, is to gain in-depth views on the type of person Goldsmiths needs to meet future challenges and opportunities. We will also be making direct approaches to key external stakeholders to gather feedback.

Insights gained from the consultation process will help inform the person specification and candidate pack.

We anticipate that the role will be advertised before the end of 2018, and applications will close early in January 2019.

We hope to be in a position to announce the new Warden by the end of February 2019.


Updated 3 December 2018