Northumberland College – Local Governing Board Members

Northumberland College – Local Governing Board Members

Northumberland College
Role: Members of the Local Governing Board

Time expectation: A minimum of four hours each month
Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

Following the merger with Sunderland College and the start of new and exciting era for Northumberland College, the Corporation is establishing a Local Governing Board for Northumberland. Made up of business leaders and key stakeholders, who all have the desire to see the College develop in both size and reputation, underpinned by a relentless focus on quality.

Excellence at the heart of everything we do.

The scale of the newly merged education and skills provider will make it one of the largest regional college groups in the country, with an ambition to provide its students with the skills they need to contribute to the labour market for the benefit of the North East’s economy.

Reporting into the Regional Board, the Local Governing Board will be accountable for the delivery of first-class teaching and learning, supported through the college group. With a recent Grade 3 Ofsted inspection, resulting in the College requiring improvement in all but two areas of focus there is work to be done around raising the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Whilst investment has been made, more is required to bring the College up date and provide exceptional learning environments for students of the 21st century. The finances have, for some time, been extremely challenging at Northumberland though with financial support being provided through Sunderland College the outlook is highly optimistic.

In the first instance, the College is looking to appoint strategic leaders with substantial executive and /or non-executive experience in the following areas:

  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Multi-Academy Trusts

Whilst having non-executive/board-level experience is desirable, what’s more important is your ability to work as part of a collegiate Local Governing Board, and provide the scrutiny required as part of an integral part of the governance and oversight at the College.

Ideally, you should live or work locally to one of the Northumberland College campuses as your attendance will be required at the meetings of the Board, which plans to meet six times each year. In addition, there may be sub-committees to attend as well as College events.

We have high expectations for our students, underpinned by quality delivery which enables them to achieve – regardless of their background.

For more information and to apply please visit our dedicated microsite:

Alternatively, if you would like to have an informal conversation about joining the Northumberland College Local Governing Board, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski, on 07841 017043 or at

Drew Richardson-Walsh, on 07739 364 033 or email at

Apply by 9am, Monday 1st April 2019

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