Governing body employment responsibilities include:
- Appointing the head of institution and other senior post holders, and determining their pay and conditions. Appointing the 'right' head is often an important factor in determining the future success of the institution. Processes vary by institution, but typically involve the establishment of an appointments panel, and frequently consultation with other stakeholders (who might include staff, students, alumni, Court) to agree the type of individual sought.
- Acting as the employing authority for all staff of the institution. As the institution employs its staff as an independent legal entity, the governing body is responsible for all matters of fundamental importance, highlighting that it should give appropriate attention to the institution's staffing strategy.