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Chair of the Board St Helens College

Bring your non-executive experience and professional expertise to lead the Governing Body of St Helens College as their new Chair of the Corporation Board as they continue to deliver on their mission to "transform lives through excellence in education and training".

  • Location: St Helens, Merseyside
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About the role

The St Helens College Corporation Board is made up of 16 individuals, including student governors, with a broad base of skills and experience drawn from the local and wider communities served by the College. The role of Chair of the Board is the key board leadership role, fundamental to delivery of strong and effective Governance across the organisation and is therefore key to St Helen’s College realising our long-term aspirations.

As our new Chair you will bring experience as a successful, senior strategic leader in your professional career alongside an understanding and appreciation for the difference that education makes to the lives of thousands of people each year.  At St Helens College, we are committed to further achieving equality and diversity on the Corporation Board, both cultural diversity and vocational diversity are important considerations to help represent its communities.

You will bring a range of professional, strategic leadership skills, allowing you to offer the appropriate levels of support and advice to our Senior Management Team as they continue to deliver the wider objectives of the organisation in line with our strategic plan.

You will possess an ability to lead our Corporation Board by example. You will ensure that the Corporation Board promotes inclusion and respect in a supportive setting so that colleagues are each able to engage, support and challenge as appropriate, thus creating an effective and cohesive unit.

As the Chair, you will lead the Corporation Board as they continue to review the organisation’s mission, consider strategic developments, systematically monitor performance, review and monitor the implementation of a range of college policies, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements at all times. The Corporation is charged with developing an environment that enables the College to fulfil its mission, for the benefit of learners and the community.

With an ambitious strategic plan to be one of the very best technical and vocational colleges in the country, this is an exciting time to join the Corporation Board of St Helen’s College and help shape our future success across the communities we serve, as well as the regional and national landscapes.

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The benefits

  • An opportunity to develop skills in a strategic leadership role, outside of your normal sector.
  • The opportunity to lead and work with a team of Governors and staff in achieving the goal of becoming the very best technical and vocational further and higher education provider.
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific college management issues, governance, and the wider sector.
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to the College and the communities it serves.

Who we are looking for

Recognising the ambitious strategy, we seek to engage a strategic leader from the local or wider area to lead our Corporation Board on this journey, whilst bringing a passion for success along with a recognition of the value of post-16 education to society.

St Helens College seeks to engage a diverse range of candidates who can each demonstrate a passion for education and a drive to build on our continued success for the benefit of learners, people, the local community and employers.

As the Chair of St Helen’s College, you will have responsibility for leading a dedicated group board members who are passionate about the future success of the organisation whilst ensuring that the governance of the College remains effective and continues to be of the highest standard. You will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of challenge and scrutiny yourself whilst also facilitating a safe and inclusive space that allows your board colleagues to do the same. As such, we hope to receive applications from candidates who have experience of being on – or leading – boards previously, either in the education sector or elsewhere, enabling you to have the knowledge and understanding of good governance, as well as an appreciation for procedure, policy and expectations associated with the board room.

You will also have responsibility for ensuring that accountability is maintained in relation to the effective use of resources, that the welfare and wellbeing of both students and staff is maintained and that all safeguarding policies and procedures are followed as necessary.

As Chair, you will also need to be able to offer support to the senior leadership team as they work to deliver on the College’s strategic priorities moving forward and so you will need to not only be able play the role of critical friend, but also to be accessible and mindful of the time commitment associated with holding such an important post.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful organisation and make a genuine impact on the future success of the College and its learners. You will support the development and influence the direction of St Helens College at a time of great momentum as we seek to secure the finances, grow the organisation and aspire to provide high quality, meaningful education opportunities for learners across the region. As the Chair of our Board, you will be a vital ambassador for this positive journey and would expect you to help us share our good news stories and continue to build our reputation across the local region and nationally.

Peridot Partners and St Helens College 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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dan Baxter

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Welcome from the Board

Dear applicant,

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming the new Chair of the St Helens College Board: a role requiring commitment and dedication, but one which is highly rewarding in equal measure.

In joining the St Helens College Board, you would be contributing to a group of talented and skilled governors who want to achieve the very best for our students and stakeholders. We are looking for an outstanding individual to help us to achieve growth and success. We want a strategic thinker who understands the vital role further education plays in transforming lives and communities. You will need energy, drive, and ambition for this very rewarding role. Whilst one of the most rewarding aspects of becoming a college governor is the position it affords you to give others a helping hand on their journey through life, the professional benefits gained from the role cannot be understated. You will be able to develop leadership skills on the job, as well as upskilling and refreshing your knowledge in a vibrant and impactful environment.

We are an anchor institution in our local communities, offering high-quality training and education opportunities to both residents and businesses. This collaboration not only enables us to provide excellent work experience, employment and apprenticeship opportunities for our students but also supports employers across the Liverpool City Region to build a skilled workforce for the future.

We are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential through excellence in education and training, a high quality and ambitious curriculum, inclusivity, aspirational learning environments and employer partnerships.

We are clear about our objectives and are focused on delivering our Strategic Plan, raising the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and providing a secure, stable financial environment that enables reinvestment in our staff and estate.

As the Chair of St Helens College your role will be incredibly important as we continue to aspire to be one of the very best technical and vocational colleges in the country.

With kind regards,

The Board of Governors

About St Helens College

We are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential by providing an outstanding student experience.

St Helens College which comprises both St Helens College and Knowsley Community College, is one of the largest further and higher education providers in the Northwest.

We support students of all ages, studying at all levels, and provide courses and training to around 6,000 students and apprentices across four campuses within two local authority areas.

Our strong progression routes enable students to join us at the age of 16 to study T Levels, a technical or vocational qualification, or an apprenticeship, before then continuing into employment or further study, including at University Centre St Helens.

There is also a breadth of adult provision at St Helens College and Knowsley Community College, from short, leisure courses and community learning to professional qualifications to enhance employment prospects and support career progression.

In recent years, over £65 million has been invested in facilities to support our broad and inclusive curriculum, whilst providing a first-class learning experience for our students including a new hospital simulation ward, Centre for Precision Engineering, and Green Energy Skills Centre.

We are actively involved in our local communities, offering high-quality training and education opportunities to both residents and businesses. This collaboration not only enables us to provide excellent work experience, employment, and apprenticeship opportunities for our students but also supports employers across the Liverpool City Region to build a skilled workforce for the future.

We are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential through excellence in education and training, quality curriculum, inclusivity, aspirational learning environments, and employer partnerships.

The College’s Strategic Plan is founded on six key goals; outstanding student experienceexceptional curriculumgrowthtransformed estateemployer of choice, and anchor institution, which provide a framework for more detailed operational activities, transforming the way we work with our students, staff, employers and local communities.

We recognise the significant role we play as an anchor institution in St Helens and Knowsley and the greater economic challenges our communities face post-pandemic. Through strategic partnerships with key organisations and employers, we are focused on contributing to system leadership and addressing employment needs that will not only support economic recovery and growth but will also provide wider employment opportunities for our students.

Accessibility information

We will do our best to fulfil your requirements to allow you to fully participate in the interview. All applicants who state that they have a disability and who meet the essential requirements of the job (set out in the person specification and job description) will be guaranteed an interview. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment process to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged because of a disability.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements such as dietary needs based on religious or medical grounds, the need for a private room during the day, handouts in advance and/or in alternative formats such as Braille or large print, hearing loops, British Sign Language interpreter, wheelchair access, high backed chair, audio-visual aids, translation, access arrangements etc.

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

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

The College offers reasonable adjustments for staff in terms of access to the building and accessible workstations. Accessible toilets are available in all College buildings. Accessibility dogs are welcomed. Papers and materials can be presented in different formats, such as braille, and off-white paper is used as standard. Sign language interpreters are used by staff and students and for large events and can be available for interview. Board and committee meetings are arranged at times that suit the majority of governors.

St Helens College are Stonewall Champions and a Disability Confident employer.

Applicants with a disability 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.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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

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    Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 29th January 2024
    Interviews: Tuesday 6th February 2024


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