The Sheffield College seeks to appoint an experienced strategic leader with substantial exposure to a non-executive board as their Chair Designate. With knowledge of the City and region, and a deeply felt commitment to improving life chances of students through education and training, you will lead the board and oversee the work of the executive, and shape the ethos and direction of the College.
The Sheffield College’s Governing Body is made up of 13 independent members, the Chief Executive and Principal, two staff governors and two student governors. The Governing Body operates a committee stewardship governance structure working through four standing committees and a special committee (convened as required) to fulfil its responsibilities.
The College seeks to appoint a new Chair Designate to work for a time with the current Chair to fulfil their duties in:
The Sheffield College has a relatively new Executive Leadership Team led by Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive and Principal, and including four other senior post holders appointed by the Governing Body: the Deputy Chief Executive (Curriculum, Quality and Assessment), the Executive Director of Finance and Resources, the Executive Director of HR and Organisation Development, and the Governance Advisor and Clerk to the Governing Body.
Ideal candidates for the role will uphold the following attributes:
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:
Closing date for expressions of interest: 12pm, Monday 16th December 2019
Early next year the Governing Body of The Sheffield College (which I’ve chaired since the beginning of 2018) will appoint a Chair-Designate, who will likely take over from me during academic year 2020/2021.
I’ll play no direct part in the choice, but I am intensely keen that our appointment panel of governors, helped by our chosen recruitment partner Peridot, find a very strong shortlist of candidates, and are then able to recommend for appointment someone who will thrive in the role.
In the published role description, we’ve tried to:
This is a challenging but unpaid role, in a big and complicated organisation.
If you decide to go for it, and if you get it, you will be rewarded by:
Most importantly, you will be playing a central role in a College whose staff are making a crucial difference to the:
If you think you fit the role-description I urge you to submit an expression of interest; and if you want to talk to me informally about the role, drop me an email on email@example.com to arrange a call.
Chair of Governors
The Sheffield College
The Sheffield College is a large further education college that enrols over 16,000 students and apprentices annually from across the City of Sheffield and nearby areas.
The College has a turnover of approximately £50m and a total headcount of approximately 1,600. The College offers more than 800 qualifications including apprenticeships, BTEC, vocational diplomas, A Levels, ‘Access to Higher Education’ courses, and both Foundation and Honours degrees. The College works annually with over 2,100 employers on nearly 140 apprenticeship programmes.
The Sheffield College has four main campuses:
The College also has teaching centres at:
The College is in a process of rapid change, signalled by:
The Sheffield College is a diverse college serving a diverse city. We are proud of our diversity and we have ambitious objectives to advance equality for all groups studying and working at our College.
If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
Drew Richardson-Walsh | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07739 364 033
Sarah Szulczewski | email@example.com | 07841 017 043
Individuals with the appropriate experience, skills and personal qualities are invited to complete this Expression of Interest Form.
Please ensure that your expression of interest is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org inserting “Chair Designate, The Sheffield College” into the subject field.
People 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.
We wish to encourage expressions of interest 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 expressions of interest will be considered solely on merit.
Closing date for expressions of interest: 9am, Monday 16th December 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Monday 13th January 2020
Interviews: Friday 31st January 2020
Peridot and The Sheffield 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 form.
The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.
The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your expression of interest.