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Governors/Members of the Governing Body x4 York College

York College, a high performing further education college with a reputation for excellence in education and training, is seeking additional independent governors to join their vibrant and highly engaged governing body.

  • Location: York, Yorkshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The Board – which consists of 15 independent governors, the Chief Executive & Principal, 2 staff and 2 student representatives – determines the College’s mission, approves strategy, monitors performance (financial, quality, leadership etc) and provides support, guidance and challenge to the Chief Executive & Principal and their Strategic Leadership Team to ensure the College is fulfilling its statutory duties and providing excellent education, outcomes and pathways for all its students.

The term of office for an independent governor is four years and the annual commitment is around nine days per year, both on and off site, with some meetings taking place virtually. There are six Board meetings a year and for the most part, meetings take place at 5.30pm. You will find the full board and committee meeting schedule for 2020/21 on the About the Organisation page. Governors will be asked to participate in at least one committee, based on where their skillset and area of expertise would add most value.

You will be provided with a full induction programme and governors will have the opportunity to gain further insight into the College’s provision through the Governor Link programme. This programme encourages governors to meet senior management, attend teaching sessions and meet with students and staff to gain a fuller understanding of the student experience at York College.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the board of a high performing Further Education College and make a valued contribution that will determine the experience and outcomes of thousands of students studying and training at York College. By applying your wealth of sector knowledge to strategic planning discussions and adding value through robust challenge, as a member of the Board of Governors you will continue to ensure York College students receive the highest quality education in the local area and gain the best opportunities to move into higher education and successful employment.

As part of York College’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and ensuring that the governing body is representative of the communities served by the College, the panel is eager to welcome candidate interest from groups underrepresented on the Board, including but not limited to those who meet the experience and skills requirements and who identify as one or more the following: LGBTQ, ethnically diverse, and/or disabled.

This is reflected in our commitment to developing people as Governors and therefore would welcome interest from people who may see this as their first non-executive appointment and who are keen to develop themselves personally and professionally.

Who we're looking for

We are looking to engage Governors with the passion and interest in supporting the lives of young people and adults through education.  You do not need to be an expert in education, but what you do need is the drive and ambition to support others to succeed, to be an ambassador for the college and all that we do for our local communities, students, stakeholders and our people.

Having recently carried out a skills audit of our current governors, there are some particular areas of expertise that we are keen to engage to the Board – these are;

  • Education – academic, vocational, apprenticeships, T-Levels,
  • Local employers,
  • Audit,
  • Legal – general practice.

More importantly than skill, we are looking to engage people who will challenge the senior leadership team, by asking the right questions and enabling the team to think differently about the future of the college, our people, students, stakeholders and our communities.

You will demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and a keen interest in further and higher education sectors with a track record of experience and achievement of working successfully in their area of expertise and a commitment to improving quality and standards. With a willingness to attend six Board meetings per year and participate in at least one committee, you will use the knowledge and skills gained in their areas of professional expertise to add value to board and committee discussions and have a positive influence on the decision-making process.

Ideally, you will also bring knowledge of or insight into the local communities served by the College, either through a personal or professional connection to the City or surrounding areas, to ensure that these communities are fully represented on the Board. In turn, you will become a strong advocate for the College, its mission, and the transformational effect of further and higher education on the lives of both young people and adults.

As a high performing college and with plans to continue developing their vocational, technical and adult offer, the Board is keen to attract those with a successful track record of strategic leadership either in the education sector, or an affiliated sector (e.g. public or third), where they have gained valuable insight into the transformational effects of education. You will add value through your ability to interpret and challenge complex quality and performance data and provide support to the Board to understand the opportunities and challenges around the planning, delivery and performance of teaching, learning and assessment across the curriculum and in line with current and future skills needs.

The preferred candidate will utilise their own networks, preferably across the education, public, third and/or private sectors, in support of the College’s ambitions and strategy and to develop new partnerships for the benefit of their students.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 609128

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Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in York College.

York College is a high performing Further Education College with over 7,000 students and more than 700 staff.  Over the last few years, the Governors, Leaders, and Staff have worked hard to maintain the high standards the College sets itself while at the same time developing a strong platform for future development.  This platform includes financial sustainability, being approved as a provider for the introduction of “T” Levels and approved as the lead partner in the formation of an “Institute of Technology” in partnership with a number of other educational institutions and employers across the region, an award which has facilitated a multi-million-pound investment in new facilities.

We are looking forward to using the strong platform we have to build a college that is fit for the future. This will include more collaborative working and a strong focus on working with employers.

Our Governing Body will play a key role in this. It is engaged with refreshing the College strategy as well as supporting and challenging the operation of the College. To do this effectively it is important that we have a variety of skills and experiences we can draw upon. You’ll see within the detailed information some of the specific skills we feel we need to enhance through this recruitment process but ensuring that we have a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences on the Governing Body is also important to us.

I’ve been involved with the College for just over two years now and have found the experience a really rewarding one. It’s been reassuring to have a strong management team and good standards of governance embedded across the College, but the really exciting part is seeing the future direction of the College take shape.

For the continued success of the College, it is essential that we recruit dynamic Board members with the right skills and experience. We are therefore keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. This voluntary role brings many professional rewards such as:

  • boardroom experience (being part of an engaged and vibrant board)
  • developing your strategic leadership skills
  • being at the centre of an organisation developing much needed skills to York and its surrounding areas.
  • provides many opportunities to contribute to the local community.

Please take time to read through the information about the College and the role of a Governor. If you feel this could be for you, we would be delighted to receive your application.


Ian Looker

Chair of Governing Body

About the organisation

York College is synonymous with excellence in education and training. We are a college guided by our core values of Ambition, Care, Respect and Success, and are one of the leading colleges in the country.

We offer the widest range of courses in the region for 16–19-year-olds, alongside a high performing Higher Education offer and numerous opportunities for adults and apprentices. We combine expert teaching with world class facilities in one of York’s most modern and recognisable buildings, providing students with a complete learning experience, no matter what type or subject area they choose. We work in partnership with employers and community partners to create opportunities, change lives and positively impact economic success in our area.

We have over 7000+ students studying with us annually with our wide range of courses covering entry level through to degree and accredited professional courses to courses for business. We are the largest provider of A Level and vocational programmes for 16 – 19-year-olds in the region, offering nearly 40 A Level subjects, 35 Apprenticeships and over 80 vocational courses. The College also delivers a range of apprenticeships and works effectively with over 1,000 employers, helping them to recruit apprentices and provide bespoke training for their employees. The College was also approved to deliver the new T Level courses, from September 2021 and our course offering continues to grow each year.

York College is well known for its unwavering commitment to high quality and our ability to deliver results, yet above all we are a values-driven organisation which effectively develops and motivates a committed, talented workforce.

Further information

Attached are some key information documents which will give you some important background to the College, our priorities and performance.

The College’s current strategic plan is attached and is being refreshed by the Governing Body and Strategic Leadership Team as part of the annual review process.  Our focus will be:

  • Quality and excellence
  • The student experience
  • Our people
  • Partnerships
  • Investments and development
  • Financial resilience

Additional Documents

Employer statement

York College is committed to equality of opportunity.  The aim is to create an environment in which people treat each other with mutual respect, regardless of: age, disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, trade union activity or unrelated criminal convictions.

The College is firmly committed to the provision of equal opportunities and strives to ensure that unfair discrimination does not occur.  All employees have a duty to ensure unfair discrimination does not occur and support the implementation of the Equality Policy as appropriate.

The York College building, grounds and facilities all comply with disability regulations ensuring the whole college is accessible to everyone.

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

The College has engaged with the Black FE Leaders Group and its 10-point Plan.

The College invited the Group to run a session at the college on racial equality.  A college holistic action plan is currently in development.

A copy of the College’s Equality & Diversity Public Report.

The College’s Equality and Diversity Policy and related procedures are resourced, implemented and monitored on a planned basis. The College’s Equality and Diversity Policy deals with all aspects of equality and diversity and is published on the College’s intranet and website, alongside our Equality Objectives and Modern Slavery Statement. As part of our commitment to promote and advance equality and develop an inclusive and cohesive community we have joined other colleges and university centres across the country in stating our position against prejudice. We have done this by adopting the IHRA’s (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of Anti-Semitism.

The College has been recognised as a Level 2 Disability confident Employer. Previously known as the Two Ticks scheme, Disability Confident is a government run scheme, which works with employers to “remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations”.

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