Governors/Member of Governing Body x 4 | York College

Peridot Partners
York, North Yorkshire (GB)
27 May 2022
27 Jun 2022
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York College, a high performing college with a reputation for excellence in education and training, is seeking additional independent governors to join their vibrant and highly engaged governing body.

The Board – which consists of 15 independent governors, the Chief Executive & Principal, 2 staff and 2 student representatives – determines the College’s mission, approves strategy, monitors performance (financial, quality, leadership etc) and provides support, guidance and challenge to the Chief Executive & Principal and their Strategic Leadership Team to ensure the College is fulfilling its statutory duties and providing excellent education, outcomes and pathways for all its students.

The term of office for an independent governor is four years and the annual commitment is around nine days per year, both on and off site, with some meetings taking place virtually. There are six Board meetings a year and for the most part, meetings take place at 5.30pm. Governors will be asked to participate in at least one committee, based on where their skillset and area of expertise would add most value.

You will be provided with a full induction programme and governors will have the opportunity to gain further insight into the College’s provision through the Governor Link programme. This programme encourages governors to meet senior management, attend teaching sessions and meet with students and staff to gain a fuller understanding of the student experience at York College.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the board of a high performing Further Education College and make a valued contribution that will determine the experience and outcomes of thousands of students studying and training at York College. By applying your wealth of sector knowledge to strategic planning discussions and adding value through robust challenge, as a member of the Board of Governors you will continue to ensure York College students receive the highest quality education in the local area and gain the best opportunities to move into higher education and successful employment.

As part of York College’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and ensuring that the governing body is representative of the communities served by the College, the panel is eager to welcome candidate interest from groups underrepresented on the Board, including but not limited to those who meet the experience and skills requirements and who identify as one or more the following: LGBTQ, ethnically diverse, and/or disabled.

This is reflected in our commitment to developing people as Governors and therefore would welcome interest from people who may see this as their first non-executive appointment and who are keen to develop themselves personally and professionally.

Who we're looking for

We are looking to engage Governors with the passion and interest in supporting the lives of young people and adults through education.  You do not need to be an expert in education, but what you do need is the drive and ambition to support others to succeed, to be an ambassador for the college and all that we do for our local communities, students, stakeholders and our people.

Having recently carried out a skills audit of our current governors, there are some particular areas of expertise that we are keen to engage to the Board – these are;

  • Education – academic, vocational, apprenticeships, T-Levels,
  • Local employers,
  • Audit,
  • Legal – general practice.

More importantly than skill, we are looking to engage people who will challenge the senior leadership team, by asking the right questions and enabling the team to think differently about the future of the college, our people, students, stakeholders and our communities.

You will demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and a keen interest in further and higher education sectors with a track record of experience and achievement of working successfully in their area of expertise and a commitment to improving quality and standards. With a willingness to attend six Board meetings per year and participate in at least one committee, you will use the knowledge and skills gained in their areas of professional expertise to add value to board and committee discussions and have a positive influence on the decision-making process.

Ideally, you will also bring knowledge of or insight into the local communities served by the College, either through a personal or professional connection to the City or surrounding areas, to ensure that these communities are fully represented on the Board. In turn, you will become a strong advocate for the College, its mission, and the transformational effect of further and higher education on the lives of both young people and adults.

As a high performing college and with plans to continue developing their vocational, technical and adult offer, the Board is keen to attract those with a successful track record of strategic leadership either in the education sector, or an affiliated sector (e.g. public or third), where they have gained valuable insight into the transformational effects of education. You will add value through your ability to interpret and challenge complex quality and performance data and provide support to the Board to understand the opportunities and challenges around the planning, delivery and performance of teaching, learning and assessment across the curriculum and in line with current and future skills needs.

The preferred candidate will utilise their own networks, preferably across the education, public, third and/or private sectors, in support of the College’s ambitions and strategy and to develop new partnerships for the benefit of their students.

Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 27th June 2022

Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be directed to the Peridot Partners website and to contact the advising consultants to discuss this role in more detail.

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