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Chair of the Finance Committee – Governor Barnet and Southgate College

Join the Board of Barnet and Southgate College as Chair of the Finance Committee, at a key and exciting time for the college as it enters a new and ambitious phase of its development.

  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Who we are

Mission Statement: London is changing. The economy is changing. So are we.

Barnet and Southgate College provide education and training to more than 13,000 students, delivering more than 30 subjects across four main campuses. Our college maintains a large and vibrant community that benefits our students in preparing them for progressing into the workplace, onto university and/or further qualifications – ultimately raising aspirations and providing greater opportunities to students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. The diverse environment of our college offers an excellent opportunity to meet a broad range of people across our state-of-the-art campuses in Barnet and Southgate.

The college offers a broad range of full and part-time courses in A Levels, foundation degrees, technical and professional qualifications, vocational training, work skills training, apprenticeships plus education and employment pathways for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Whether students are looking for a course to progress onto university, a specific job or an apprenticeship, we recognise how important it is that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of our local economy, and we work closely with strategic partners to adapt the content of courses to ensure it is relevant to employers and university progression.

Focus on the quality of our provision

We wish to ensure that we are delivering high-quality relevant training and learning in all the markets in which we operate, and that we do so in a cost-effective way. This means focusing relentlessly on improvement and maintaining high-quality learning opportunities for all our students.

Focus on growth

We will grow and develop our portfolio of learning opportunities ensuring that they remain relevant to students, the communities and industries with which we work — and ensure that they are cost effective.

We will do this through a combination of expanding delivery where we are already successful, so that we can support and meet the needs of a larger number of students and through carefully selecting new markets to enter.

Focus on financial sustainability

We will improve the financial sustainability of the college by moving within three years to a position of annual surplus generation.

Our vision is:

To be the most innovative, inspirational and employment-focused learning organisation in the education sector.

Our mission is:

To provide outstanding learning and employment-related opportunities within every market we operate and to offer the highest level of expertise and knowledge which will enrich the personal and professional lives of our customers.

Our values:

  • Learner-centred: putting the learner at the centre of everything we do
  • Improving: continuously learning and improving ourselves
  • Professionalism: being professional and setting a great example to others
  • Equality: Promoting equality and inclusiveness
  • Teamworking: working as part of one college team
  • Challenging: challenging the norm

Learners are at the heart of all of our decisions.

Learn more about Barnet and Southgate College

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

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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About the role

Our Board of Governors

  • Strive to ensure that our courses are delivered to the highest standard possible, and provide learners with the right skills to progress into work or further study.
  • Represent the interests of the local community and the public interest in general, in the delivery of the colleges educational provision.
  • Oversees the financial health of the college and ensures that money is used as efficiently and effectively as possible. It is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and for the proper business management of the commercial activities of the college.

The Governing Body is there to:

  • Ensure the college thrives as an organisation while maintaining prudent control of its funds and assets.
  • Make a significant contribution to what the college does to ensure the success of its students.
  • Help the college maintain a long-term focus while working on its shorter-term goals and plans.
  • Help the college respond to local requirements within the context of regional and national needs.
  • Ensure that the business aspects of a college operation prosper.

With ambitious plans for growth and expansion, coupled with the ever-present challenges faced by our sector, we now seek a new Chair of the Finance Committee to join our board.

We hope that this new addition will help offer expertise and guidance whilst providing appropriate scrutiny and challenge to our senior leaders on key matters.

Who we are looking for

We seek to appoint an experienced and qualified Chartered Accountant who has demonstrable experience of successfully working at a senior, strategic level during their career. You will also have a passion for education and a drive to build on our continued success for the benefit of its students, people, the local community and employers.

We are looking for someone with the ability to interpret, question and scrutinise statistical and financial information. You will also be able to constructively challenge and as part of the Board, hold the executive team to account whilst providing support and advice.

What matters most is that Governors are passionate about our mission, enthusiastic about joining the Barnet and Southgate College and are keen to contribute to our future success.

Peridot Partners and Barnet and Southgate 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.

Accessibility information

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.
  • 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.

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.

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

    Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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