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Appointing a new Warden

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We’re beginning 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.

At this stage we are setting out the broad timescales, and inviting initial views on the qualities and skills you would most value in Goldsmiths’ next Warden.

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 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.

Search Process

At this early stage, the process remains fluid and the following is offered purely as an indicative timeline. The College has tendered for the support of an executive recruitment agency to advise on aspects of the search, including the consultation process and the timeline.

At this stage we are consulting widely to help inform the work of the Search Committee, including gaining insights to inform the eventual Job Description. We will make direct approaches to key external stakeholders to gather feedback. We expect this will be supplemented by focus groups of staff, students and alumni to gain in-depth views on the type of person Goldsmiths needs to meet future challenges and opportunities.

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.

Have your say

We are openly inviting feedback from staff, students, alumni, the local community around New Cross and other interested parties.

We have deliberately kept our questions simple and focused, to make it as easy as possible for you to offer your views, and for this feedback to be analysed to inform the appointment process effectively.

Should you prefer to email your response, please send to Use the same address for any other queries or comments.

Current student – Undergraduate
Current student – Postgraduate
Staff member – Academic
Staff member – Professional Services / Professional Staff in an Academic Department
Local resident
Business or commercial partner, or prospective partner
Interested other


Thank you for taking the time to feed into the process. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Responses will be used during the selection process and may be published in aggregate form. No personal data will be collected through this process; should you wish to include identifying information, this will be redacted from any reports shared with relevant parties.

Any personal data received will be held in accordance with our Privacy Notes.