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Member of the Corporation Board | Stoke on Trent College

Stoke on Trent College

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Join the largest provider of further education in Stoke and North Staffordshire as a Governor. Stoke on Trent College are looking to appoint exceptional people to their Board with substantial experience in curriculum leadership from the FE sector, finance and accounting and organisational transformation.

  • Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated
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About the role

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Stoke on Trent College is looking to engage qualified professionals on to their Corporation Board. Specifically, they aim to attract people who have substantial executive-level experience in finance, further education curriculum and quality and organisational transformation who can support and give strategic direction to the senior management of the College.

The Corporation Board of a Further Education College take joint responsibility for setting and monitoring the strategic framework within which the College operates, and for ensuring that it is well managed and solvent, holding senior managers to account for the College’s performance and overseeing the financial management.

Who we're looking for

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Stoke on Trent College is seeking to complete its skill-set as a governing body and are looking for people who like a challenge and passionate about delivering positive outcomes for the College and the local area.

Candidates are sought with experience of leadership in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Curriculum & Quality in Further Education
  • Organisational Transformation

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

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017 043

John Powley | john@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 27th January 2020

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Governor of Stoke on Trent College.

You would be joining the board at a challenging but exciting time. Over the past two years we have been engaged in the preparation, negotiation and funding of a ‘Fresh Start’ business plan for the College. Along the way, we have recruited a new senior leadership team, many new board members and have undertaken significant restructuring at the College; both physically and in terms of its staff.

Our recent Ofsted inspection, one of the first under the new framework, still assesses the College as ‘requires improvement’ but acknowledges significant progress and highlights a number of areas as now being rated ‘good’.

We have a clear mission: “to provide an inclusive professional and technical education to energise and grow our city region.” We aim to deliver that and drive forward so that all of our learners gain “the confidence and skills to make choices for a lifetime of fulfilment”.

We believe we are at the start of a positive journey to become the quality college that the people of the Stoke on Trent region deserve. We need a board that is able to fully engage with the leadership team to provide them with the necessary support and challenge to ensure that this journey reaches its goals as fast and effectively as possible.

There are three vacancies for governors. One of these will have a strong senior level financial and/or audit background, another will have experience in Further Education curriculum and quality and the third will have led or lived through transformational organisational change across any sector.

All our governors need to have a passion for the positive role that an FE college plays in society and be aligned with our vision & mission. Whilst not having to be located in the Stoke area, a good understanding of the challenges facing the city region would be an advantage, as would a network of local contacts.

As a governor, you would need to be able to attend board and appropriate committee meetings, which are typically held bi-monthly at either our Stoke or Burslem sites. You would also need to interact more directly with college staff and students through ‘learning walks’ and ‘link visits’ from time to time.

This is a great time to become part of the team that leads SOTC along its journey, there are significant challenges ahead, but that is what makes the role worthwhile and provides governors with personal development as well as the satisfaction of being part of something special.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Jeremy Cartwright
Chair of the Corporation Board

FE recruitment for Stoke on Trent College

Stoke on Trent College are the largest provider of further education in Stoke and North Staffordshire, with around 10,000 students each year on full-time and part-time study programmes, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university-level courses.

The College helps thousands of local people each year to gain the basic skills needed for work, be it English and maths, employability skills or specific work-related qualifications.

Stoke on Trent College’s students routinely win awards in regional and national competitions and the challenge helps to unleash their talent and prepare them for the competitive world of employment.

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The vision of the College is that their learners will have the confidence and skills to make choices for a lifetime of fulfilment.

Stoke on Trent College’s mission is to provide an inclusive professional and technical education to energise and grow their city region. In doing this they:

  • Promise learners they will help them to access and achieve their aspirations;
  • Promise employers that they will work with them to develop a highly trained and reliable workforce; and
  • Promise stakeholders that they will play an active role in the development of a vibrant local economy.

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Thank you for your interest in this role.

Please download the Role Description & Person Specification and fill out the Equality Monitoring Form

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

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We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 27th January 2020
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Monday 3rd February 2020
Interviews: Tuesday 11th February 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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