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Director of Governance TEC Partnership

The TEC Partnership seek an experienced Director of Governance to drive refreshed, effective and impactful governance practices aligned to our core mission.

  • Location: Grimsby, Skegness, Beverley, and Scarborough
  • Salary: £60k + relocation package
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

The TEC Partnership delivers outstanding education and training to over 20,000 learners and is one of England’s largest providers of further and higher education.

Operating nationally but with a strong focus across specific parts of the east coast, TEC Partnership boasts a range of impressive facilities at fifteen different locations located between the famous seaside resorts of Scarborough in the North and Skegness to the South, along with pockets of provision in other areas of the East and West Midlands respectively.

Having recently undertaken an independent review of governance, and with our new CEO having moved into her role earlier this year, the TEC Partnership and our board have a renewed and re-energised focus on enhancing the effectiveness of our corporate governance.

Backed by our executive management team, our board, and being overseen by our Acting Chair, Kai Adegbembo, we have several strategic priorities in relation to governance which we will action over the coming year.

About the Director of Governance role

Alongside our process to recruit a Director of Governance and in line with our governance improvement plan, we are also recruiting a Chair of the Board and a Chair of Audit. Our Director of Governance will report to this newly appointed Chair, building a positive, professional relationship that will drive refreshed, effective and impactful governance practices aligned to our core mission.

As Clerk to the Corporation and its sub-committees, our new Director of Governance will provide full and comprehensive secretariat and advisory support to our governing body and its members. You will be responsible for advising the Corporation and all other associated bodies on constitutional matters, duties, and powers within the current legislative framework. Our Director of Governance will be accountable to the board through the Chair and will work closely with them, other Governors and the CEO and her wider executive team.

Whilst it is essential that our Director of Governance works closely with our executive team, the postholder will be independent of that team and provide impartial advice and guidance to the board and the Chair. This is likely to include national policy briefings, statutory changes affecting our group, and counsel to ensure our decisions are clear and within the boundaries of our limitations.

Working closely with the Chair and other board members, in close collaboration with our CEO and executive management team, you will plan and manage the business of our board and ensure people are briefed and papers are timely and appropriate for their audience.

With all of this in mind, we are looking to appoint an experienced governance professional with substantial previous experience as Clerk to the Board, Governance Lead and/or Company Secretary.

With around 20,000 students and almost 1,400 employees, the stakes are high. We have a number of strategic challenges related to financial and curriculum strategy, recruitment and retention (of both staff and students) and investing in our resources and people. In order to overcome these challenges, we have formed a new executive management team and undertaken an independent review of governance.

Our CEO has high aspirations for the TEC Partnership and requires the support and challenge of a high-performing and talented non-executive governing body.

Who we are looking for

In line with this desire for a supportive yet challenging board, and with our focus on governance development, our new Director of Governance must have experience of training and developing non-executive board members and enabling them to fully understand and carry out the public duties expected of them.

Whilst we would ideally like candidates to have experience of supporting a further education governing body, what is more important to us is your ability to quickly grasp the legislative requirements expected of our board and the regulatory environment in which we operate.

We are refocussing our lens on the quality of education and student experience and due to this, our TEC Partnership Board is adapting. We are making strategic changes overseen by our Acting Chair, who has agreed to extend their term of office until a successor is appointed – a process also currently being led by Peridot Partners.

Due to these developments, the key ingredient we seek is an ability to offer our Chair and other members of our governance structures the sound and appropriate advice that is expected from a seasoned governance professional.

It is vital that you have a strong desire to work for a forward-thinking education and skills provider which enhances the life chances of thousands of people each year. Due to the size of our organisation and breadth of our provision, we have a relatively large governance structure. As such, we require our new Director of Governance to have experience of successfully supporting governance on such a scale.

If you have such experience and you would be interested in providing support and professional services to our board and its associated bodies, we would like to hear from you.


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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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About the TEC Partnership

The TEC Partnership delivers outstanding education and training to over 20,000 learners and is one of England’s largest providers of further and higher education.

With a rich history of developing innovative training and education solutions for the community, the Partnership comprises of the Grimsby Institute, University Centre Grimsby, Scarborough TEC, East Riding College, Skegness TEC, Modal Training, National Employer Training (NET), The Academy Grimsby which offers an alternative educational route for gifted 14–16-year-olds and Career 6, the next generation of sixth-form focusing on career paths.

We have four corporate objectives, which act as a framework for how each of our member organisations design and deliver their own local plans:

  1. Outstanding learner success is our number one priority.
  2. A high-performing organisational culture which embraces accountability and ownership.
  3. A financially-strong TEC Partnership that is able to invest in enhancing infrastructure and student resources.
  4. Ensuring the TEC Partnership’s offer meets the needs of the local and regional economies.

We employ more than 1,500 people, operating nationally but have a strong focus across Lincolnshire, the Humber, North, South, East and West Yorkshire with pockets of provision in the East and West Midlands. Our staff are experts in their field and have excellent links with industry, working with a number of business partners including Ørsted, Associated British Ports, DFDS, Seaways, Young’s Seafood, Virgin Care and Network Rail.

We deliver excellent teaching and learning using state-of-the-art technology in realistic working environments. Our employer support is renowned, and the results are reflected in our successful apprenticeships and work placements.

The TEC Partnership’s apprenticeship provision covers an extensive range of programmes with the largest numbers being in engineering, construction and building services. We work with over 1,000 employers and focus on providing learners with the skills and training that industry requires, by building relationships with local, regional, and national employers.

The Partnership is a multi-award-winning organisation, having recently being awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its innovative use of digital technology for education, work and life. We have also won numerous Beacon and technology awards over the last five years and are at the national forefront of digital technology.

Additional information

 


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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Accessibility

The TEC Partnership is committed to:

  • Ensuring equality of treatment for everyone in connection with service delivery, recruitment, and employment.
  • The broad principles of social justice and is opposed to any form of discrimination or oppression and accepts all its legal and moral responsibilities in these respects.
  • Treating equally everyone with whom its representatives come into contact including current and potential service users, its employees, elected members, and job applicants.
  • Ensuring that no person is treated in any way less favourably on the grounds of race, colour, national, ethnic or social origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and/or political/other personal beliefs.
  • The implementation of necessary actions and training to ensure its commitments with regard to equality of treatment are fulfilled and will establish structures for oversight and scrutiny on a regular six-monthly basis or as when required.
  • The engagement and communication, both internally and externally, with staff, students, and the wider public where appropriate in relation to the above.
  • Ensuring our commitment to Equality and Diversity is understood by all that engage with us.

Please note: Not all of our campuses have the same level of accessibility. However, our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.

Further information

  1. Disability

We are a Disability Confident employer. The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to our workplace by:

challenging attitudes towards disability increasing understanding of disability removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, we have committed to:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible.
  • Communicating and promoting vacancies offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.
  • Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required.
  1. Recruitment and Selection

The chair of any interview panel must have undertaken the Safer Recruitment Training.

As part of our interview process we work with managers to ensure we have where possible a diverse and balanced panel. Whilst we collect detailed EDI data, this is not shared with managers ahead of interviews.

  1. Training and Development

There is compulsory training in Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding issues for all new staff.

All staff have access to additional Training and Development form day 1 of employment with applications selected on merit by a committee. The funding is generous despite financial constraints.

  1. Recruitment and Selection

The chair of any interview panel must have undertaken the Safer Recruitment Training.

As part of our interview process we work with managers to ensure we have where possible a diverse and balanced panel. Whilst we collect detailed EDI data, this is not shared with managers ahead of interviews.

  1. Health and Wellbeing

5.1 TEC has an in house Occupational Health Adviser for 1:1 advice and support.

5.2 All staff (and their partner) have access to a free 24/7 Health/Counselling/Advice service which is completely confidential.

5.3 We  are striving to ensure there is a trained Mental Health First Aider in every Faculty and a Health and Wellbeing Action plan is produced each year. 1:1 session are offered by the OHA to all Mental Health First Aiders who also now have a monthly “drop in “ meeting to discuss issues as a group.

5.4 All staff have access to a free Health and Wellbeing Training / Qualification.


If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

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

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 9th January 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 12th January 2023
    Interviews: Thursday 26th January 2023

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