Interested in joining our Governing Board? Help improve opportunities and outcomes of our students by becoming a Staff Governor.



Interested in joining our Governing Board? Help improve opportunities and
outcomes of our students by becoming a Staff Governor.

What is a Staff Governor?

➢ The Governors are a group of people who are volunteers. Together they are known as ’The Governing
Board’ and have special responsibilities.
➢ Staff Governors attend meetings of the Governing Board and help to make decisions about how the
College is run (agreeing the strategic objectives and budget, overseeing quality and performance).
➢ Staff who are full time or part time and are employed permanently at the College are eligible to apply.
A Staff Governor is appointed for a term of up to four years.
➢ The Staff Governor may be a member of academic or non-academic staff. The Staff Governor is not on
the Governing Board to represent the staff body, or a group of staff, but rather to make a contribution
from an individual staff point of view, informed by experience as an employee, but with regard to the
interests of the College as a whole.

What does the role of a Staff Governor involve?
➢ Attend the Governing Board meetings 4 times a year, usually commencing during the day virtually via
Teams.
➢ There is an Audit Committee, Curriculum & Quality Committee and Strategic, Planning & Resources
Committee who each meet 3 times a year. If you have the relevant skills, you may be appointed to one
of these committees.
➢ You will need to make time to read the meeting papers. Guidance and support will be offered from the
outset, and we encourage all governors to participate in an ongoing training programme. Governors
are also expected to attend a variety of events at the College.
➢ An appointment as a Staff Governor is a public appointment. All governors are required to abide by the
Board’s Code of Conduct, which is based on the seven principles of public life (the ‘Nolan’ principles):
selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

How to Apply
➢ Complete the attached application form and return it to Tina Taylor – Clerk to the Governing Board at
[email protected] by midday on Friday 25th February. You will need to write a short statement (in
no more than 150 words) saying why you would like to become a governor and how you would make a
contribution to the governing body.

➢ You will be invited to attend an interview with the Chair of Governors and Clerk to the Governing
Board. The Nominations Committee will also review applications and make recommendations to the
Governing Board based on suitability. Interviews are provisionally booked for Tuesday 8th March and
will be held virtually by Teams. If you would like to discuss the role, get in touch with Tina Taylor
[email protected]

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE

JOB DESCRIPTION
Role of a Staff Governor

Purpose of the Role
With a role similar to that of a non-executive director, staff governors, as members of the Board, are expected:
1. To play a full part in College governance, including:
• setting the strategic direction of the College;
• assigning roles and responsibilities;
• establishing and modelling the College’s values and ethos;
• ensuring that appropriate systems are in place to achieve the College’s strategic aims and
manage risks;
• developing leadership; and
• ensuring that the College and its staff meet the expectations of those to whom we are
accountable – learners, employers and the communities that they are there to serve.
2. Attend Board meetings and contribute to discussions from an individual perspective, informed by
experience as an employee, but always with regard to the interests of the College as a whole.
3. Ensure that other governors understand the likely impact of Board decisions on staff and on other
stakeholders (such as students or employers) of whom the staff governor has direct knowledge.
4. Support the Principal and Governance Professional in improving staff understanding of the role and
activities of the governing body.
5. Work with members of any Staff Council or such body, including the governor representatives, to
promote effective communication between staff and the Board.
6. Act as ambassador for the College in the wider community.

Principal Responsibilities
A Staff Governor’s responsibilities include:
1. Playing an appropriate part in ensuring that the necessary business of the College is carried on
efficiently, effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business.
2. Making rational and constructive contributions to debate and making knowledge and expertise
available to the College as opportunities arise.
3. Ensuring that the College acts in accordance with its Instrument and Articles of Government; and with
the College’s internal rules and regulations.
4. Overseeing the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against objectives and targets.
5. Accepting collective responsibility for the decisions reached by the Corporation.

Personal Specification
1. Knowledge of the college’s vision
2. An ability to understand a broad-based view of issues and events and perceive their long-term strategic
impact through direct experience of working at a senior level.
3. Good inter-personal skills, including discretion and diplomacy, to form and maintain sound and
appropriate working relationships with individual members of the Board, the College Management
Team and external contacts
4. Excellent communication skills to deal effectively with a wide range of people both internally and
externally including the Board’s strategic contacts.
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5. Enthusiasm in teaching of the Board’s continuing drive for excellence and its strategic aims.
6. Availability for attendance at meetings and other College events, including evenings.
7. An understanding of the education sector and/or empathy with the role and function of further
education.
8. An understanding of the legal and regulatory framework in further education.

Notes
An appointment as a Staff Governor is a public appointment. All governors are required to abide by the Board’s
Code of Conduct, which is based on the seven principles of public life (the ‘Nolan’ principles): selflessness,
integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

All governors, including staff and student governors, work on a voluntary basis. The College meets reasonable
out-of-pocket expenses incurred by governors in the performance of their duties. These might include travel
expenses incurred in attending external training courses or meetings.

A staff governor is usually appointed for a term of up to four years