Join the board and help lead the future direction of Calderdale College, an organisation with a deep-rooted history of serving the needs of its local communities whilst aspiring to support future skills needs and economies.
Based in the Southern Pennines, in the historic market town of Halifax, Calderdale College has been delivering education and training for almost 130 years. From those humble beginnings, the College has grown, developed and expanded to become the largest provider of further education post-16 courses and apprenticeships in the region. It is also the sole provider of higher education courses locally.
Whilst there have been undoubted changes and challenges to the organisation over the years, both in name and in provision, we continue to have an unwavering focus on the mission of the College in “inspiring learners to succeed in life and work”; a mission which is delivered through a focus on the education and training needs of the communities local to the Calderdale region, and via partnerships with a range of local employers and other stakeholders.
The College offers a wide range of provision spanning 16-19 curriculums, adult provision, apprenticeships, T Levels, 14-16 provision and higher education via our university centre.
In recent years, the College has focused on growth and development, future-proofing our provision with investment in resources and facilities such as our new engineering centre based in Brighouse; home to industry-standard facilities which support learners seeking a career in the engineering sector.
Through the work of our dedicated team of c.450 staff, led by an experienced and ambitious group of senior leaders, the College boasts not just excellent facilities, but also brilliant outcomes for our learners with 92% of learners being prepared for employment or the next level of study, and results that place the College in the top 5% of FE providers nationally.
Thank you for showing an interest in being a Governor on the Calderdale College Corporation Board.
We are inviting applications from individuals with a range of expertise to join our board and help reinforce the superb range of skills that are already shared across our membership.
As a board member, you will help shape and develop the College, setting the strategic direction of the organisation, which caters for vocational and work-based learning, including higher education, so that it continues to serve both the economic and social needs of the Calderdale area.
These posts are voluntary. The majority of board members are external governors who contribute wide experience from industry, commerce and public services, as well as representing the local community. Other members are the Principal, and representatives of staff and students.
You will share corporate responsibility for the governance and performance of the College in deciding and meeting strategic objectives in order to act in the best interests of our students and stakeholders.
As a Governor you will play an important role in our future success, bringing independence, external skills and perspectives, and challenge. As a Committee Chair or Chair Designate, you will also play a vital role as a leader on our board, bringing credibility and a values-driven ethos whilst promoting respectful debate, challenge and discussion. Through our involvement with the board,
we are all afforded the opportunity to make a wider contribution to continue the good track record of ensuring student success and supportive relationships with local businesses and our community.
This is an exciting time to join the Corporation Board at Calderdale College. Much has been achieved over recent years and the College has a high reputation locally, regionally and nationally. Although this is a challenging time for the education sector, we believe the College is in a good position to meet these challenges. We therefore seek to ensure the board has access to the best possible expertise to fulfil our aspirations.
If you are excited by these opportunities and believe that you have the skills, experience and ambition to help us deliver our vision, values and strategic objectives, then we would welcome your application.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Peter Clark CBE
Chair of Governing Body at Calderdale College
With David Malone having recently taken up the role of Principal and Chief Executive, the upcoming need to design and publish a new strategic plan, and with members of the board coming to the ends of their terms of office, we now have a need to reinforce our board with new skills and perspectives as well as considering succession planning.
As such, we are now seeking to appoint three new individuals to our board:
Regardless of their roles, all of our board members share the same passion for creating and delivering life-changing education opportunities for our local communities and are proud ambassadors of the College. This is an ethos that candidates who wish to join our Board will need to share, as well as being able to demonstrate a set of personal values that align to those of the College, integrity, respect, fairness, openness, enjoyment, high expectations.
Firstly, we seek to appoint a Chair Designate to join our board and work with our incumbent, Peter Clark, with a view to succeeding him in 2024. Given the existing skills we have on our board, and our purpose as an organisation, we would welcome applications from individuals who have an understanding of the education sector and preferably, senior leadership experience within it.
This experience does not need to be limited to just further education as we believe there are merits and benefits in having a wider lens than this and so we would welcome applications from individuals who have worked across the sector, be that in an educational institution, a sector body or other related and relevant professional setting.
Our Chair Designate will not necessarily need to have been a Chair of a Board previously but will need to have boardroom experience, as well as a keen understanding of the boundaries between governance and leadership. They will need to be an assertive leader who has the confidence to guide our board through discussion, debate and challenge in a respectful, inclusive and diligent manner.
In terms of time commitment, we anticipate that our Chair Designate will need to dedicate over and above the usual time commitment of 10 hours per month (standard for governors) with an average of an additional 20 hours per month. This will be a total of 30 hours per month, which includes scheduled meetings with our Principal and senior leaders.
We also seek to appoint a governor who can also become the new Chair of our Finance & Resources Committee. Whilst this person does not necessarily need to be a fully qualified finance professional, they will need to have deep experience of working in a financial setting as a senior leader.
We hope to receive applications from candidates with an ability to understand, interpret and scrutinise the financial data that will be shared with them through your role on the board.
Again, this person will need to be a confident and assertive individual who can not only lead a committee but guide
conversation and debate in a respectful manner whilst understanding the boundaries between operational delivery and strategic oversight.
Our new Chair of Finance & Resources Committee will need to dedicate over and above the usual time commitment of 10 hours per month (standard for governors) with an average of an additional 15 hours per month. This will be a total of 25 hours per month. The successful candidate will also need to be able to meet briefly, and virtually, with our Vice Principal – Corporate Services once per month.
Finally, we seek to appoint an experienced audit professional to join both our main board, and our Audit Committee. To fill this role, we welcome applications from appropriately qualified audit specialists who have experience of audit processes – both internal and external procedures.
Furthermore, we would especially welcome applications from individuals with experience and knowledge of risk management and compliance processes.
The time commitment for a Governor will be no more than 10 hours per month and meetings are mainly held in the evenings.
Thank you for your interest in this role.
Please download the appropriate person specification and complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position. Please ensure your CV and supporting statement is in a Word format.
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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
Dan Baxter | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07939 994524
Sarah Atkins-Boal | email@example.com | 07841 017043
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 9th May 2023
Shortlisting (remote): 9 a.m. Wednesday 19th May 2023
Interviews (potentially held virtually): Friday 9th June 2023
Peridot and Calderdale College are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.
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