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Board Members (Estates & People/Organisational Development) | West London College

West London College is seeking to appoint two strategic leaders to the Corporation Board as Board Members, to bring significant experience in either estates management or People/Organisational Development, along with the recognition of the difference that further education and the college makes in changing the lives of thousands of students within their communities.

  • Location: London (Ealing, Hammersmith & Southall)
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

Who we are looking for: 

We are seeking to engage strategic leaders with the capacity to support our Corporation Board and Executive Leadership Team in achieving the objectives as set out in our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and beyond, particularly in the areas of;

Estates – For this coming academic year, there is a key focus on the development and delivery of the Estates Strategy and the Board is keen to engage a strategic leader with the experience and expertise to support and advise the Executive Team on the realisation of the associated milestones and act as a critical friend in the successful delivery in providing state of the art facilities for the benefit of the students, staff and local communities.

Organisational Development/People – Culture change and organisational development is a key topic for the Corporation Board; they are keen to engage an exceptional strategic leader with experience of change management, OD and culture change.

About the Role 

With West London College, you will work as part of the Corporation Board, led by an experienced Chair – Ian Comfort. You will join other governors in overseeing the strategic direction and pace of the College, ensuring effective oversight of an economically focused and employer-led curriculum offer, whilst ensuring organisational finances are well planned and risk is well mitigated.

The Board is ultimately accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to the College.

Board Members, whether in a formal meeting or in situations where they are representing the College group as an ambassador, must ensure they give sufficient time to their duties and undertake the role with rigour, acting as a critical friend to the Principal & CEO, Karen Redhead, and her Executive Leadership Team.


There is an important distinction to be drawn between these responsibilities and those of day-to-day management of the College. The Board establishes and maintains the framework within which the College functions, holding the Principal & CEO and other executive leaders to account for the effective management of the College and the execution of the strategy.

The strategic direction of the college’s development should inform the decisions of the Board in exercising its powers and undertaking the specific duties summarised below:

  • determining the educational character and mission of West London College
  • overseeing its activities
  • the effective and efficient use of resources
  • the solvency of the institution and the Board, and safeguarding their assets
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay and conditions of service of holders of senior posts
  • setting the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

These roles offer a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and committed Corporation Board, and genuinely have an impact on the future success of the College and its students.

This is an exciting time to join the Corporation Board, as they work towards securing the finances, improving the quality of provision and developing the estates strategy.  West London College has ambition for its future of the college with the forward-looking strategy, ensuring a continued and positive contribution to the communities that they serve.

Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk |078 41017 043

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 077 39364 033

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Dear Candidate,

Board Member of West London College

Thank you for your interest in the role of Board Member with West London College. The appointment comes at a crucial time for the College and new Board members will play a key role in providing support, challenge, and expertise to help achieve our ambitious plans for the future.

West London College is the trading name of the Corporation of Ealing, Hammersmith, and West London College and with campuses in Ealing, Hammersmith, Park Royal and Southall, we are firmly focused on meeting the skills, employment, and economic needs of the nation’s capital. Our vision is to be the leading College in West London for technical and vocational education and skills training, and effective governance is essential to us achieving this vision.

The College benefits from a highly committed and skilled governing body all of whom have extensive experience in leadership and management across industry, business, law, finance, education, and the community, as well as staff and students. Alongside the key committees of audit, finance and general purposes, curriculum and quality, search and governance, and remuneration, the full Corporation meets on a regular basis to discuss development of our strategy and to scrutinise performance. It is intended that there will be an Estates working group to focus on the exciting new opportunities for the College in the coming months.

Board Members and leaders at West London College are united in our passion and commitment to our students and we work together to overcome challenges whenever they may arise, to give students the very best college experience that can be offered. Our culture is inclusive and welcoming, and we have values which hold both accountability, ambition, innovation and inclusion at the heart of what we do.

We have appointed Peridot Partners to support the Board with the engagement and appointment of two new Board Members with the appropriate skills and passion to join the college at an exciting time of development and transformation.  Please contact our managing consultants, Sarah Szulczewski or Drew Richardson-Walsh for further information.

If you feel you have the skills, experience, and leadership ambition to join our team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Ian Comfort

Chair of Governors


Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (branded as West London College) has played a major role in the provision of academic, technical, vocational and work-based education and training in west London for almost 130 years and they are very proud of our heritage.

Hammersmith and Fulham College can trace their roots back as far as 1881 when Hammersmith School of Art and Building was founded in Brook Green. Following some changes in its curriculum offer over the years, this subsequently merged with West London College in 1975 adopting the more recognisable name of Hammersmith and West London College.

Ealing Grammar School for Boys dates back to 1913, subsequently becoming Ealing Green High School. In 1992 this merged with Thomas Huxley College becoming Ealing Tertiary College in 1992. In 1929, Southall College of Technology was founded as a technical school for boys. It merged with Southall Grammar School in 1963, later becoming Villiers High School. The skills provision was subsequently transferred to Norwood Hall Institute of Horticultural Education which later became part of Ealing Tertiary College.

In 2002, Hammersmith and West London College merged with Ealing Tertiary College to form Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. Famous alumni include Steve McQueen (multi award winning director of ‘12 Years a Slave’), Ralph Milliband (father of Ed and David Milliband), Professor Dianne Willcocks CBE (Vice Chancellor of York St John University), Marcus Brigstocke (comedian and actor), Laurence Broderick (sculptor) and singers Estelle and Shola Ama.

At the last inspection, the College was graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted and internal self-assessment assessment continues to report a realistic view of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.  Courses are offered in most subject sector areas, with the significant majority being those up to, and including, level two.

Around three quarters of all enrolments are for adult learners, mostly studying part-time with the College. Of the students who are studying predominately on 16-19 full-time programmes, these are mostly in vocational areas.

The College intends to build on its emerging specialisms, particularly around construction and the built environment where it has been awarded the Mayor’s Construction Academy kite-mark for the quality of provision. Through the positive relationships with the two major London boroughs, increased 14-16 and High Needs student numbers are highly likely due to exceptional student experience provided at the College.

The College are fortunate to be located within the two large London boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham. With a primary aim to fully support the needs of these boroughs, including all who live and work in them.

Whilst the three main campuses, based at Ealing, Hammersmith and Southall, are within a 12 mile radius, they serve very different neighbourhoods reflecting the great disparities of affluence and poverty within our communities.

The College stands fully behind the GLA and the Mayor of London’s vision for developing the skills that Londoners need to enable them to be productive, prosperous and to play a full and active role in society. The inclusive growth focus will help the college to ensure that those in the communities who need the most help will not be left behind. West London College is also very proud to have achieved the Mayor’s Construction Academy Scheme kitemark status, strengthening their efforts to support the construction sector and major infrastructure projects in London.


West London College is proud of its links with employers and industry and will continue to work hand in hand with them and their representative bodies including Heathrow Airport, West London Business, Local Strategic Partnerships and NHS trusts, as well as the many small and medium sized businesses across the region. The College is fully committed to supplying the education, training and skills pipelines that they need in order to prosper, contribute towards strengthening the economy and providing outstanding services.

The College has worked very hard and successfully to financially recover and is now in a far stronger position, through the appointment of a new Chair, refreshed Board of Governors, CEO & Principal and executive team.  Having launched an exciting new strategy in 2019 the College is now working towards, once again becoming a leader of Further Education in London.

We at West London College understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required
  • We provide a flexible working environment, as well as work patterns including locations

Headline EDI stats for staff:

  • Female/ Male = 61%/39%
  • Ethnicity =  39% (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic); 49.6% (White – British, Irish, Other); 2.4% (other); 8.4% (not declared)
  • Age = 22% < 39 years; 27% 40-49 years; 51% > 50 years of age

The ethnicity statistics pretty accurately mirror our student population.

WLC is an Investors in Diversity accredited organisation

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    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 077 39364 033

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    Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021

    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 19th October 2021

    Interviews: TBC



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