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Co-opted Governors (Higher Education and Audit) LTE Group

Bring your professional skills and experiences to the LTE Group, one of the UK’s largest education providers, who seek to add further expertise to their UCEN Manchester Divisional Board and Audit & Risk Committee.

  • Location: Greater Manchester, North West
  • Salary: £3,000 p/a
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 10th June

Who we are.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2019, LTE Group is a family of five education and training providers working together to help communities gain skills to improve their life chances and grow their earning potential.

Across LTE Group, we transform lives through the power of education and training, delivering further education (The Manchester College), higher education (UCEN Manchester), apprenticeships (Total People), and professional development (MOL), and we work in prisons to help offenders turn their lives around (Novus).

We are one of the largest education providers in the UK, and our provision spans a wide and diverse portfolio of education and training. Given the scope and scale of our delivery, outstanding governance is vital if we are to continue delivering high-quality provision, which leads to excellent outcomes for our learners whilst remaining compliant.

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To ensure that our governance remains robust and that, as a group of non-executives, we are able to continue offering support, advice and scrutiny to our senior leaders, we are now seeking to appoint new members to one of our committees and one of our Divisional Boards.

Firstly, we seek to appoint a co-opted member to join the UCEN Manchester Board. This Divisional Board provides oversight of the operation of the higher education provision offered by UCEN Manchester on behalf of the LTE Group.

We also seek to add a new co-opted member to our Audit & Risk Committee, whose remit is organisation-wide and whose support and challenge are vital if we are to ensure that, as an organisation, we remain compliant and can manage and mitigate the risks that affect us.

About the role.

UCEN Manchester Divisional Board
Co-opted Member

The UCEN Manchester Divisional Board is chaired by Professor Malcolm Todd, and its membership currently includes three independent LTE Group Board members and two executive leaders, including LTE Group’s CEO and the Principal of UCEN Manchester, who is also Deputy CEO of LTE Group.

The Board undertakes the oversight of the higher education provision on behalf of the LTE Group and meets at least three times a year to monitor its performance. The Board oversees the development of the HE strategy and the academic and operational activities of the organisation, including teaching and learning quality, learner voice, financial performance and risk, safeguarding and HR.

The Board acts as the oversight committee as required by registration with the English higher education regulator, the Office for Students. Although the Divisional Board does not have powers of determination, the Board will approve any policies specific to HE delivery and consider business cases or investment plans prior to recommendation to the LTE Group Board, as well as providing other recommendations to the LTE Group Board relevant to its remit.

Audit & Risk Committee
Co-opted Member

As noted in the terms of reference of this Committee, the purpose of the Audit & Risk Committee is to advise the Group Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of LTE Group’s system of internal control and its arrangements for risk management, control and governance processes.

The Committee is a forum which works across the entire LTE Group, scrutinising financial statements, reviewing arrangements for securing value for money and monitoring compliance from regulatory and legal perspectives. Furthermore, it facilitates independent discussion between LTE Group and their auditors along with having wider discussions with other key stakeholders – such as funding bodies – who may affect organisational operations.

The Audit & Risk Committee also oversees Group-wide risk management processes, which gives us assurances in our organisational safeguards. It is through our Audit & Risk Committee that the LTE Board is able to evaluate the risks that may be associated with every major plan and proposal they discuss and offer suggestions on steps that could be taken to mitigate and eliminate these.

Who we are looking for.

Co-opted Members are expected to support the work of the LTE Group Board of Governors through their membership of a divisional board or a group committee. You will be expected to contribute your expertise, skills and knowledge to support the operation of the UCEN Manchester Divisional Board or the Audit & Risk Committee and ensure the work is done efficiently and effectively.

As such, we are seeking candidates who are experts in their chosen fields and can demonstrate a strong interest in all aspects of the LTE Group’s broad provision, including further and higher education. Commitments to lifelong learning, high-quality education and training, and equality and diversity are all essential.

You must be able to work positively with others and contribute as a team member, have the ability to make reasoned decisions, and be willing to contribute to establishing and monitoring performance at a strategic level.

We are seeking candidates who are keen to commit their time and knowledge to further the strategic objectives of the LTE Group and are strongly aligned with the values, ethos and mission of the organisation.

UCEN Manchester Divisional Board Co-opted Member

UCEN Manchester has a local and national reputation for providing outstanding specialist higher education provision across its nine schools and holds a TEF Silver award. Currently, UCEN Manchester degrees are awarded by validating partners, including Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Huddersfield. In response to a strategic review of our HE provision, which helped us to understand why students choose to study with us, we have set an ambitious goal to gain degree-awarding powers. This will allow us to award UCEN Manchester degrees to our students in the future.

To support us on this journey, we are seeking to engage experts in English higher education who will bring in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape, supporting the Board to provide the right level of oversight and scrutiny across our HE provision.

You will be an experienced senior strategic leader who has operated in the English higher education sector. You may bring experience in chairing or reporting to academic boards or have experience in leading successful TEF submissions, and recent knowledge of the Office for Students (OfS) regulatory frameworks and conditions of registration is a must.

You may have worked in a higher education institution that has gained university status, OfS registration or degree awarding powers, and you, therefore, bring an understanding of what is required for UCEN Manchester to become an independent higher education institution in the future.

We are seeking candidates who are keen to contribute towards the oversight of an organisational HE strategy, as well as contribute to the oversight of all operational aspects of UCEN Manchester, in addition to monitoring its academic performance. You will demonstrate empathy and interest in the student journey and a commitment to improving UCEN Manchester for the benefit of all its student cohorts.

Audit & Risk Committee Co-opted Member

Given our scale, the breadth of our delivery and our reputation in the sector, we are ever mindful of the risks and threats towards our operations. Given the ever-growing reliance on technology of education providers like us, we need to be mindful of specific threats in this area.

As such, to help us improve our understanding of what these threats may be and how to mitigate them, we now seek to co-opt a new member to our Audit & Risk Committee who has expertise and working knowledge in the field of cyber security.

Time commitment.

Both the UCEN Manchester Divisional Board and the Audit & Risk Committee meet three times per year, and members of these committees are required to attend in person.

Co-opted members are expected to dedicate no more than 5-8 hours per month on average to governance business. This will include attendance at the appropriate committee meetings, participation in strategy days and taking part in link visits, which each help our members to gain a wider understanding of the Group and to help them function most effectively in the role.

Learn more about LTE Group.

You can read more about our strategic vision by visiting our website.

Peridot Partners and LTE 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 candidates 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:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

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


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Welcome from the Chairman

Dear candidate,

A very warm welcome to you. As a potential Co-opted Member of the LTE Group, I want to extend my thanks to you for considering joining our organisation.

Across LTE Group, we transform lives through the power of education and training. We work in over 120 locations across the UK, delivering to over 100,000 learners in prisons, apprenticeships, further and higher education and professional online learning. Our businesses encompass Novus, MOL, Total People, The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester.

Our amazing teachers, tutors, and support staff work non-stop to help people into rewarding careers, supported by our Group Professional Services team who operate across the Group. This also underpins our ability to safely expand, adjust and develop in support of communities, policy and economic needs.

We are passionate about helping people realise their full potential and have more opportunities to be the best version of themselves. We believe that education and training offer a path to brighter futures. Through high-quality learning, we help people to realise their potential, live their dreams, and open doors to new worlds of opportunity.

Like everyone across our Group, our Executive Team, Board of Governors and Co-optees believe in the transformative potential of education and training.

The role of Co-opted Member is invaluable in shaping the long-term future and employment prospects of our students, helping to equip them with the skills they need to excel in employment and, ultimately, in their life goals. You’ll contribute to the Group’s performance, shape our curriculum and pinpoint areas for improvement. Your expertise will be invaluable to our long-term future.

You’ll also grow and develop your own personal and professional skills, working collaboratively with your peers, stakeholders and our leadership team to strengthen our governance team and deliver the best outcomes for our communities.

You’ll be joining a team with decades of experience in leadership, education, business and communications.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Group.

Kind regards,

Philip Johnson

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 10th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 14th June 2024
    Interviews (Audit & Risk Committee): Friday 21st June 2024
    Interviews (UCEN Divisional Board): Tuesday 2nd July 2024

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