Can you help make a difference in our community?

Kingston Maurward College is looking for new Governors to join the Board and help transform learning.

The importance of the further education sector is increasingly recognised for the significant contribution it makes to the success and development of its students and, through that, to the achievement of national objectives in education, training and employment.

If you are interested in applying to join us, please complete this Recruitment Application, and return to the Clerk of the Corporation, details below, with a short CV.  A Summary of the Role can be found by clicking on the document to the right of this page,or further details have been set out below for your information.

Vanessa Gifford
Clerk to the Corporation
01305 215170
Email:  vanessa.gifford@kmc.ac.uk

What is a Further Education Corporation?

Colleges became incorporated (a legal body) as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.  Each corporation has its own Board and may use a variety of terms to describe it.  These include:  Corporation, Board, or Governing Body.

The College is an Exempt Charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 1993, although does not fall under the direct supervision of the Charities Commission.  In this respect the Secretary of State is appointed Principal Regulator and Board Members are also considered to be Trustees with certain legal obligations.  Our Board operates the tradition committee style of governance and consists of 20 members, including the Principal, 2 Staff members and 2 Student Members.

What does a Member of the Board of the Corporation do?

In the further education college sector in England there are some 8,000 individuals who are governors of further education (FE) and sixth form colleges – volunteers committed to the success of their college.  The Governing Body, together with the Principal, constitute the highest level of decision-making in the college, having overall responsibility for the strategic direction and financial health of the institution.

Board members are at the heart of how a college operates.  They are responsible for determining what education and training the College will provide and the strategy for delivering it.  They also lead the drive for improved standards in teaching and learning by ensuring good control systems and challenging areas for improvement.

The Board is also responsible for the appointment and remuneration of Senior Post-Holders, including the Principal, and the Clerk.

The Corporation has certain formal duties, powers and rights in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government.  The Board has ultimate responsibility for the running of the College, taking key decisions and setting objectives.  However responsibility for the day to day management lies with the Principal, who is also a member of the Board.

The Corporation requires a range of skills with Board meetings covering a wide variety of topics ranging from the College’s business strategy; quality of teaching and learning; buildings and financial investment; business model and delivery, including partnership working.  Boards will also discuss recruitment and succession planning, including of the Board itself and its performance.  Board members will consider performance indicators and financial information on all aspects of the College’s activities and will need to be able to interpret and use this information to collectively develop a clear and comprehensive strategic plan.

A Board is entrusted with a significant level of public funds and oversight of important local assets, with a particular duty to fulfil the highest standards of corporate governance at all times.  They are accountable for ensuring effective and efficient use of resources and safeguarding the College’s assets, property and estate.

The Board’s ultimate responsibility is to the students and the wider community the College serves.  To achieve this, the Board members must work in partnership with and support the Principal and Executive Team, asking searching questions when necessary to maintain a rigorous focus on improving standards and the quality of teaching.  They also need to work in partnership with the College’s many key stakeholders and partners, including employers, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

In performing these duties Board members are expected to follow a Code of Conduct which has regard to the accepted standards of behaviour in public life including leadership, selflessness, objectivity, openness, integrity, honesty and accountability.  The Code of Good governance for English Colleges also establishes a common set of recommended standards of good governance practice for college governing bodies.

Appointments to the Corporation

Board member appointments, other than staff and student members, will be confirmed following consideration of advice from the Search and Governance Committee.  This Committee will keep under review the mix of skills, knowledge and experience of the Board Members and make recommendations to the Board as appropriate.  The Board also tries to ensure gender balance and is always conscious of its age and ethnic profile.

The Board needs to be made up of members with a variety of skills, expertise and experiencee4 in relevant areas, such as finance, human resources, public relations, marketing, building, estate/facilities management, professional and vocational training, as well as the various academic areas, and its overall mission.

Generally, Board members will be expected to have:

  • Experience in dealing with strategic and long-term issues
  • Leadership experience
  • Knowledge of business principles and financial management
  • An ability to participate constructively in deliberations
  • A willingness to exercise authority in a collective manner
  • An understanding and interest in post-16 education and training
  • Skills to provide challenge and support

Subject to the provisions of the Instrument and Articles, Board members will serve for a term of 3 years unless otherwise agreed in the resolution making the appointment.

Staff members will hold office for a term of 3 years and will be appointed by election.

Student Members will hold office for a 1 year term and will be appointed by the student Council each academic year.  The College is about education and training, therefore it is important for the Board to have the ‘student perspective’.

At the end of their term of office, Boar Members are eligible for re-appointment to a maximum of 12 years, unless specifically approved by the Board for extraordinary circumstances, which have to be recorded.

Regular information and development sessions are arranged to support Board Members and enable them to bring their experience to the Corporation.  You will also need:

  • to be interested in the College as a whole;
  • to have common sense and judgement to enable you to make decisions in the best interests of the College;
  • to be able to communicate;
  • the ability to understand the “big picture”;
  • the ability to work as part of a team and become an effective part of the Board;
  • a willingness to accept the decision of the Corporation;
  • to maintain confidentiality.

The Rewards

The role of a College Board member is exciting and extremely worthwhile. I t provides enormous insights into the social and economic challenges facing local communities and offers opportunities for direct contact with external businesses and community bodies.

Becoming a Board member enables individuals to make a significant and very real contribution to the success of the College, helping the students to develop and achieve their full potential.  It allows those who want to be engaged with a college to make good use of their existing skills and provides them with the training and support to develop new ones.  These can include making staff appointments, financial management, chairing meetings and team and project working.

The rewards of the role to the College, community and the individual are clear and Board members are supported every step of the way to ensure both they and the College benefit from their valuable contribution.