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Deputy Chair of the Standards Committee | West Nottinghamshire College

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West Nottinghamshire College seeks to engage a Deputy Chair of the Standards Committee & Board Member (Governor) with a passion for vocational education and a drive for ambition to build on the college's continued success for the benefit of their students, their staff and the local community. This should be underpinned with a track record of strong strategic leadership in curriculum, quality and/or educational regulatory bodies.

  • Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

The work of a Member of the Corporation Board (Governor) in setting the strategic direction of the West Nottinghamshire College and providing leadership is central to our success. By becoming a Governor, you will be joining a high performing board and successful college. This is your opportunity to steer provision that benefits the students, the local community and employers directly. Being a Governor is hugely rewarding and is an opportunity to make a real difference to the communities we serve.

While in some respects the role of the Board of Governors can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” and its business, the term should not be taken to imply in any sense a passive or merely symbolic role. The Board is accountable for the College’s financial solvency, its sound management and the quality of the service which it provides. The Board is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it.

Sound governance requires more than simply ensuring that the books balance and that the CEO & Principal is getting on with the business of running the College within the parameters established by the Governors. Colleges must be able to respond to changes in direction of government policy and anticipate changing needs in their communities. The Corporation Board must be actively involved in reviewing the role of the College and in planning and managing change to ensure our long-term health and success.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking to engage a new Deputy Chair of the Standards Committee to work alongside the Chair of Standards. You will bring a significant level of strategic experience in quality assurance and curriculum development from the education sector, along with a clear understanding of the importance of the student journey, employer engagement for the benefit of students and the wider skills remit.

You will need to have a passion for education and a drive for ambition to build on our continued success for the benefit of students, staff and the local community. This should be underpinned with a track record of strong strategic leadership in one of the following areas of expertise:

  • FE
  • Post 16 education
  • HE (with a strong focus on FE provision)
  • Vocational education
  • Apprenticeships and/or Traineeships
  • Graduate/Apprenticeship recruitment

This role offers a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and dynamic Governing Board. You will support the development and influence the direction of West Nottinghamshire College at a time of great momentum as we seek to grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding education and training opportunities for young people and adults across the Mansfield, Ashfield and wider Nottinghamshire Area.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact:

Sarah Szulczewski | 07841 017043 | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 4th May 2021

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Welcome from Sean Lyons, Chair

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in a position on the Corporation Board (as Deputy Chair of the Standards Committee) of West Nottinghamshire College.

We are a College that is totally committed to providing the best possible education and experience for our Learners, so that they and the Community we serve can truly thrive.

Over the last 24 months, the College has undergone significant changes in Leadership and Governance, and has made a strong recovery from a difficult financial situation that led to intervention from the FE Commissioner. Despite responding to the challenges of the pandemic the college remains confident that it has a firm foundation for the future.

Our  talented staff have responded really positively to the Executive leadership changes , and we place great emphasis on their engagement, development and wellbeing.

Our Regulators and funders have shown increasing confidence in our performance, and we have many exciting developments to look forward to, so you will be joining us at a great time!

We are an open , friendly and welcoming organisation, and we are looking to enhance our Board with an individual who can provide appropriate knowledge and apply this with the right balance of support and challenge to the Executive and fellow Board members .

We have appointed Peridot Partners as our professional advisers on this appointment and we recommend that interested parties have an initial discussion with them by contacting Sarah Szulczewski  on 07841 017043 sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk or Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 drew@peridotparters.co.uk.

We look forward to meeting you

With Best wishes

Sean Lyons


Welcome from Andrew Cropley, Principal

Dear Candidate,

West Nottinghamshire College is on a rapid trajectory of improvement and the college executive is hugely supported  by a committed and talented board, which brings its wide range of experience and contacts to the college to support and challenge leaders in delivering our vision.

The college is clearly focused on doing the very best it can to support our communities of Mansfield, Ashfield and the surrounding areas.  At the heart of this is developing and delivering outstanding courses for our students and apprentices of all ages, which will help local people to fulfil their potential, but it also requires us to work with partners in the business community, local authorities, public services and elsewhere to ensure that we maximise the opportunities for our students to fulfil their potential within our communities.  This, in turn, is helping us to create an ever-more dynamic and exciting curriculum.

Our talented staff are committed to achieving our vision and living our values.  Our endeavours to develop a culture of high engagement, high expectations and high support are delivering great benefits for our students, which were exemplified by the college moving its entire curriculum on-line in three days at the start of the first lockdown.  Teaching staff, support staff and leaders have worked together in a creative, challenging and honest way to enable every student to access their learning from home, whatever their circumstances.  We have used this year to draw on the learning from the pandemic response to ensure we have integrated the best of the old and new ways of working.

We love to see our governors getting involved in the daily life of the college, either as a link governor, participating in learner voice or staff council events or attending performances, exhibitions or celebrations (when restrictions allow).  There’s something for every governor, which can fit around busy professional or personal lives, and which enables governors to really understand our college and what it does for those it touches.

Having emerged from a financial crisis in 2018, the college now has a strong operating position.

I hope you will join us in achieving our vision and making us the college that our communities need and deserve.

Andrew Cropley


About West Nottinghamshire College Group

West Nottinghamshire College Group consists of a large and successful Further Education College based in Mansfield, Vision Business – a national training provider to employers, Vision Apprentices – a national apprenticeship recruitment service and commercial interests that include a fine dining restaurant, a hair and beauty salon and spa and a theatre.

Vision Business Support Services is the latest addition to the College Group and was established to provide exceptional support services for all aspects of the Group’s business. The College Group is a well-known brand in the local area and further afield, being widely recognised as one of the most successful in the country. It prides itself on being a successful business, providing a great experience with financial strength and a fantastic place to work.

About Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College has a track record for success and is continually developing its offer to meet the needs of students and employers. Each year, the College provides education and training to some 14,000 full and part-time students (including 4,000 apprentices) across all major industry sectors from entry to university-level.

Through its recently secured partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the College is able to offer a range of foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees from the Derby Road campus, offering continued progression opportunities for students.

The College also offers 15 different A Level subjects and achieved a pass rate of 100% in 2020. This is in addition to a variety of vocational courses that are delivered in some of the best facilities in the sector, which range from engineering and construction to creative arts, hair and beauty and catering.

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Its on-campus provision primarily serves the needs of Mansfield, Ashfield and clusters of smaller towns and villages across the borders between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and has a history of successful models of employer-related and apprenticeship training delivery to some of the largest employers in the country.

The College has a consistent record of exceeding its targets, despite operating within a community of relatively low aspirations and commitment to education. Participation levels and improved achievement rates across all groups of learners is key to economic and social regeneration.

In February 2017, the College retained its ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted with inspectors highlighting its role in the area’s cultural and economic regeneration and high standard of vocational training facilities which help students develop the skills for employment.

In October 2016, the College completed a £50m investment to create state-of-the- art facilities for learning. This included the creation of a £6.5m University Centre to improve access to higher education locally and plug the area’s skills gaps and productivity shortages.

Providing skills for all students, employer partners and our community to thrive

The College’s mission is to provide skills for all students, employer partners and our community to thrive. Outstanding resources combined with exceptional tutors and student support means that whatever the ambition of a student, the College can help to achieve it.

In the ever-changing landscape of education, the College had been facing strategic challenges due to changes to funding policy affecting a large number of colleges across the country. The College Group has a history of successfully overcoming challenges and managing its finances well – through this the Corporation Board and Senior Leadership Team have embraced this as an opportunity to review and realign the strategy to overcome these hurdles.

The success of this is reflected in the cultural change and sense of positivity that can be witnessed throughout the organisation, the students, staff and the reputation with wider local community and employers.

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    Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Tuesday 4th May 2021
    Interviews: Friday 14th May 2021

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