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Independent Governors | Eastleigh College

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and dynamic Governing Board and have a genuine impact on the future success of the College and its students. You will support the development and influence the direction at a time of great momentum as we secure the finances, grow the organisation, and aspire to provide outstanding education and training opportunities for young people and adults across the Solent and South Hampshire.

  • Location: Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

The work of an Independent Governor is central to Eastleigh College’s success through setting the strategic direction and in driving up quality, achievement, and participation. Governors, whether as a Corporation, in Committees, or in their links with College activities, must ensure they allot sufficient time to this work and undertake it with rigour, acting as a critical friend to the senior management team.

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

There is an important distinction to be drawn between these responsibilities and the day-to-day management, which is the job of the Chief Executive & Principal. The Board of Governors establishes and maintains the framework within which the College functions. The Chief Executive & Principal is personally accountable to the Board for the effective executive management of the College within that framework.

Sound governance requires more than ensuring that the books are balanced and that the Chief Executive & 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 client group. Our Board of Governors must be actively involved in reviewing the role of the Eastleigh College and in planning and managing change. This activity, which is broadly referred to as strategic planning, is crucial to the long-term health and success of the College. The strategic direction of the College’s development should inform the decisions of the Board in exercising its powers and undertaking the specific duties summarised below:

  • determining the educational character and mission of Eastleigh College,
  • overseeing its activities,
  • the effective and efficient use of resources,
  • the solvency of the institution and the Board and safeguarding their assets,
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal, and determination of pay and conditions of service of holders of senior posts,
  • setting the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

Who we're looking for

Recognising the Colleges’ ambitious strategy: to be the first choice technical and professional college for learners, employers and staff across the Solent and South Hampshire by 2024, we are seeking strategic leaders from the local area to support the Board in this journey and bring with them a passion for success and recognition of the value of vocational education to society.

The College seeks to engage Independent Governors with a passion for vocational education and a drive for ambition to build on the 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 one of the following areas of expertise:

  • Finance and/or audit,
  • Post-16 education,
  • Governance,
  • Curriculum development,
  • Digital transformation,
  • Organisational development and/or HR.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

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

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

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Welcome from the Chair of the Board

As Chair of the Board at Eastleigh College for the last two years, I invite you to discover more about the work undertaken by the College and the impact and support that the Board makes in the strategic direction of the College.

I began this ‘journey’ in 2011 with very little understanding of what Further Education was all about, I certainly did not appreciate the specific nuances of the sector as a whole or the particular challenges facing FE Colleges in the 21st century. My own experience of this ‘journey’, and I’m sure shared by most of the Board, is that the ‘journey’ has been richly rewarding; a learning experience which has certainly broadened my understanding of how our young people’s aspirations and personal goals are met.

The Eastleigh College Board are constantly working to develop a wide range of programmes that enable our learners with the skills and knowledge for a highly rewarding future. We are successful in supporting our learners in their chosen area of study, their progression into employment or continued further levels of study.

Becoming a Governor at an FE College is not an easy undertaking, it takes commitment, hard work and at times incredible soul searching. It is in my eyes about giving something back to learners of all ages within a community; providing the opportunity, capturing a positive moment when all seems lost, and being in a position to make a change.

If you feel from your experience of work or within your professional background that things can be done differently, then becoming a Governor is an opportunity to make that positive change for the good.

Jon Sendell
Chair of the Board

About Eastleigh College

Eastleigh College is the leading provider of technical and professional education, training and apprenticeships in the South Hampshire and Solent region. The College is located in South Hampshire, at a major communication intersection with excellent motorway, rail and air links.

The area is economically buoyant with very low unemployment and the College contributes significantly to the economic growth potential of the Solent. Working with local schools, colleges, Eastleigh Borough Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Job Centre Plus, and a very wide range of businesses, the College prides itself in being an integral part of the community, making a valuable contribution to the lives of young people and adults, and working with employers to meet their goals.

Staff proactively work in partnership with employers to develop programmes that support the growth of their businesses and this work underpins both funded and full cost delivery. Growth and management of its strong and successful subcontractor network, delivered by a range of training partners, have extended the College’s reach beyond the local area and across England.

Eastleigh College was graded ‘Good’ in the last Ofsted inspection in December 2018, and the residential provision, College House, was graded ‘Outstanding’ again in 2019 and has been judged ‘Outstanding’ in every inspection since 2008. The College has well established, robust quality improvement processes and outcomes and learner satisfaction are strong. Our work place values: respectful, professional, ambitious and resilient underpin everything we do.

The College appointed a new Chief Executive Designate in the autumn 2019, and confirmed a new senior management team structure in March of 2020. Following extensive internal and external consultation and engagement, the Board approved the new College strategy in May 2020. The new strategy: ‘more learners, more successful, more often’, has underpinned the work of the senior team and focus of the whole College since this date. The new strategy will be formally launched at the start of the 2020/21 academic year which coincides with the conclusion of the formal Chief Executive transition.

A summary of our learner and staff successes are below:

Even with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2019/20 has been another successful year:

  • Eastleigh College apprentice has successfully won a place in the South East Regional Final for the national ‘Apprentice of the Year 2019’.
  • Association of Colleges, Beacon Standard and Commended Status for Employer Engagement.
  • Association of Colleges, Beacon Standard and Commended Status for Support for Students.
  • Confirmed as the highest performing College in Hampshire for all student achievement.
  • Confirmed as the highest performing College in Hampshire for 16-18 student achievement.
  • Ranked 10th Nationally for all student achievement.
  • Ranked 3rd Nationally for English and maths student achievement.
  • FE Week and AELP AAC SEND Apprenticeship Champion Award winner.
  • Training provider of the year at the National ACR & Heat Pump annual awards.
  • Shortlisted for the TES Outstanding GCSE resits provision (outcome pending due to Covid-19).
  • Confirmed as the only Technical and Professional College in Hampshire to achieve the National Quality in Careers Standard.
  • Individual and team success through the Pearson sponsored National Teaching Awards.

Covid-19 Bounce Back

Aligned to the new College strategy the College has recently announced an ambitious and collaborative ‘Covid-19 Bounce Back’ pledge. Our pledge has been developed in partnership with a number of our stakeholders and made possible by adjusting the normal use of our existing funding and following positive dialogue with our funders about existing flexibilities.

As a key anchor institution in our region we recognise our responsibility to both lead and proactively collaborate to deliver the following in the 2020/21 academic year:

  1. That we will train a minimum of 500 new apprentices.
  2. A guaranteed place for all eligible full time 16-18 students whether school, or College leaver whose ambition is to pursue a professional or technical career through one of our courses.
  3. A guaranteed place for all eligible adults wanting to enrol on one of our flexible, supportive and high quality full or part time Access or Higher Education (HE) courses.
  4. Committing Adult Skills funding to retraining, supporting the unemployed, upskilling, or to provide a pathway to an apprenticeship.
  5. Continuing to bring communities together by committing to maintaining and seeking to grow our regional Adult and Community Learning offer whether through socially distanced and / or online delivery methods.
  6. That we will provide a Covid secure learning environment which combined with our proven ability to deliver learning online will ensure we continue to meet government requirements.

Therefore, this will enable us to maintain all of our provision whether delivered onsite, online or a combination of both however the Covid-19 pandemic develops.

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Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 7th September 2020
Candidates advised of outcome by: Friday 10th September
Interviews: Thursday 17th September

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