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Chair of Governors SMB College Group

SMB College Group are looking engage an incoming Chair of Governors who will support the college and board in driving the college forward for the benefits of the students of Leicestershire and beyond to achieve their potential and improve future prospects.

  • Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire & Coalville
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th April

About SMB College Group

Established in 2020, SMB College Group is formed of two merged colleges – Stephenson College and Brooksby Melton College – and their commercial entities.

Our purpose is to improve opportunities for our students, underpinned by a commitment to our values: Resilient, Ambitious, Innovative, Sustainable, Ethical & Excellent (R.A.I.S.E.). Our aim is to create a first-class college group, which speaks with one powerful and strategic voice, retaining deep roots in the local communities it serves. This combination of local access to skills development within a strategic regional framework is at the heart of what we do.

The positive, ethical culture of the merged colleges builds upon strong and effective collaboration with all key stakeholders, including local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, schools, universities, employers and community groups. SMB College Group works closely with industry partners to ensure it provides the workforce skills needed now and for the future.

Our students access high-quality learning and teaching in some excellent facilities with industry-standard resources and exceptional staff. This supports each student to achieve their full potential and contribute to sustainable economic growth and a thriving community.

By working together, SMB College Group delivers an accessible and coherent curriculum to support the development of skills using an efficient and financially sustainable model, delivering positive outcomes for students.

Our 2020 Mission

Sustainability, Excellence and Innovation in Learning

Our Vision

To be a sector leader in delivering quality technical and creative education. To develop a skilled workforce for the future, and to be respected for our innovative and professional staff. Integrated with our local, regional and national partners, and valued by the diverse communities we serve for our contributions.

Our Values

Resilient: To stay strong in the face of difficult and challenging experiences.

Ambitious: A strong desire and determination to succeed.

Innovative: Being courageous and adaptable in our investments, curriculum and practices to create a workforce for the future.

Sustainability: Ensuring all our decisions have sustainability at their centre: sustainable finances, sustainable resources and sustainable curriculum.

Ethical: Ensuring we are a considerate organisation working with honesty and integrity, celebrating diversity, and creating opportunities for all.

Excellence: Delivering outstanding education, people, finances and employment.

Peridot Partners and SMB College Group are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

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

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Role Description

The Chair of Governors is responsible for the leading a dedicated group of board members who are passionate about the future success of the organisation whilst ensuring that the governance of the College remains effective and of the highest standard.

As Chair you will hold responsibility for ensuring that accountability is maintained in relation to the effective use of resources, with consideration for the welfare and wellbeing of both students and staff and that all safeguarding policies and procedures are followed.  You will offer support to the executive management team as they work to deliver on the College Group’s strategic priorities, playing not only the role of a critical friend, but also being accessible and mindful of the time commitment associated with holding such an important post.

You will be expected to support the development and influence the direction of SMB College Group as we seek to secure the finances, develop the curriculum offering and aspire to provide high-quality, meaningful education opportunities for learners.

Most importantly, you will be a vital ambassador, helping to build the College Group’s reputation across the local region and nationally.

The SMB College Group’s Governing Body members consist of volunteers from the community, staff members and students. Our Governors bring experience from a wide range of sectors and industries including business, education, and the public service sector.

Independent members are appointed by the Governing Body, Staff Governors are elected by the staff, and Student Governors are elected by our students.

The Governing Body meets at least once a term with the minutes being published after they have undergone an approval process.

The Corporation Board meets 4 times over the academic year with a strategic away day once per year – these meetings are held face to face and are rotated between Brooksby & Stephenson Campuses.

Committees meet 3 to 4 times over the academic year and meetings are held virtually to encourage participation and attendance.

A full and comprehensive induction programme is provided to all new governors and continued professional development in the role is encouraged, especially for those looking to progress within the Board. Successful appointment to the Board as a Governor is initially for one year with a further three years for a full term.

Who we are looking for

We are looking to engage a strategic leader from the local East Midlands’ area with a commercial background to lead the Corporation Board forward, bringing a passion for success along with a recognition of the value and importance of post-16 education.

It will be important that you hold an interest and passion for education and can demonstrate an active interest in young people and a drive to deliver excellence for the benefit of learners, employers, the local community and society in general.

Ideally, you will have previous experience as either a Chair, Governor and/or Trustee to ensure that you fully understand the importance of good governance and the impact this has on the overall performance of an organisation.  With this you will bring the necessary skills and expertise in order to lead the Corporation in a direction of travel that will result in: financial stability; student success; and, a culture of inclusivity.

Key competencies should include:

  • Strategic agility
  • Financial acumen
  • Organisational agility
  • Interpersonal savvy and composure
  • Experience of organisational transformation ideally in an education environment
  • A track record of bringing a fresh, independent perspective and approach to taking organisations forward
  • Board level experience (any sector) with experience of chairing
  • Understanding of the Nolan principles with regard to behaviour and style

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape the transformation and turnaround of our college for the benefit of our students, people and community.

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

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th April 2024
    Interviews: Thursday 9th May 2024

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