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Governors Bournemouth & Poole College

Join the Board at Bournemouth & Poole College and be part of their continued journey for greater success and further development in supporting a thriving local economy and community.

  • Location: Bournemouth & Poole, Dorset
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

We are Bournemouth & Poole College.

We are the largest provider of further education (FE) and apprenticeships in the area. Our core focus is on developing the work skills of our students so that when they leave us, they are ready to start or to progress within their chosen careers.

Who we are

With three campuses across Bournemouth and Poole, we serve our local communities well and are working towards becoming a beacon institution within the local region.

Facts about us:

  • We are home to around 9,000+ students from across the region, the UK and the world and employ over 600 people.
  • Our academic results are high and continue to improve.
  • We’re a great place to study. 9/10 students would recommend The Bournemouth & Poole College to a friend.
  • We educate over 2,800 16-18 year-olds a year, the biggest cohort of any post-16 provider in the BCP area. These students study on courses up to A-Levels equivalents and many go onto university.
  • Our Apprenticeships provision had the best achievement rates of any large college in the country in 2021/22 (last published data) and is one of the largest, with over 2,000 apprentices.
  • We work with 2,000+ businesses across Dorset and the surrounding area. It means we can also provide students with access to training, work experience and real-life projects, adding to their experience and CVs.
  • Higher education is an important part of our provision. On average, over 600 students (50:50 full-time and part-time) study degree-level courses at the College.
  • We are proud to be a Community College and are closely embedded in the activities of the region and local communities. Over 2,300 of our students took part in volunteering activities last year.
  • Our team provides in-house access to work skills training and exclusive jobs that aren’t advertised elsewhere.
  • Our residential support for students was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2023.

About the role

The Bournemouth & Poole College’s activities are overseen by the Board of the Corporation. It is responsible for agreeing, supporting and scrutinising the delivery of the College’s strategy.

The College Board has 16 members and includes members from the commercial, public, voluntary and education sectors. The Board operates a committee structure model and operates strictly in accordance with the government’s laid down ‘Instrument and Articles of Government’.

The role of the Governor is fundamental to strong and effective governance and is, therefore, key to Bournemouth & Poole College’s continued success. The Governors will bring experience at a strategic or senior level with a real recognition of the difference that education makes to the lives of thousands of people each year.

The appointed Governors will provide expertise in their area and ensure the collaboration of Governors is effective and of the highest

standards, working as a coherent unit in close partnership with the management team to achieve the College’s strategy and objectives.

Together, the Corporation Board will review the College mission, consider strategic developments, systematically monitor College and management performance, review and monitor the implementation of a range of College policies, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements at all times. The Corporation is charged with developing an environment that enables the College to fulfil its mission for the benefit of learners and the community.

This current campaign of recruitment is part of our succession planning strategy and would hope to engage people with the ambition and mindset to develop as Governors and look to the future opportunities of Chair or Vice Chair of the Board. As a sector, we have a comprehensive CPD package for new Governors and those wishing to develop for future roles within a Board. Our experienced Director of Governance, Marianne Barnard, is well-versed in supporting all of our Board to be the very best they can be.

Who we are looking for

Recognising our ambitious strategy and aspirations for further development, we seek to engage strategic leaders from the local and wider area to support the Board in this journey and bring a passion for success and recognition of the value of post-16 education to society.

Governors are innovative and dynamic individuals who will share the College’s vision and help us deliver our ambitions.

We are currently looking to recruit new Governors with experience in any of the following areas:

  • Education – curriculum, safeguarding, digital innovation
  • Business/commercial leadership

Most importantly, we want people to join our Board who have an understanding and passion for what we do and why we do it – education is a pivotal time and experience for all of our students, and as a Board, we are able to impact and influence the direction of the College for the benefit of future generations across the region.

We promote equality of opportunity and inclusion within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community, especially those currently underrepresented within the organisation.

The Board Member role is voluntary, although reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Our Board Members undertake a rich range of activities as part of the governance team, both in meetings and committees, and engaging with students, college staff and external contacts; to gain rounded perspectives to inform their contribution. The Board holds three scheduled meetings a year, these meetings are normally held at our Poole Campus on a Thursday (16:00 – 19:00). In addition to Board Meetings, members are expected to join one Board Committee (meetings are online and held termly, normally on Tuesday mornings). Other activity includes: attendance at the annual Board Planning Day, an annual Board/SLT dinner and learning walks.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful Governing Board and make a genuine impact on the future success of the College and its learners.

You will support the development and influence the direction of Bournemouth & Poole College at a time of great momentum as we seek to secure the finances, grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding, meaningful education opportunities for learners across the region.


  • A chance to develop skills in a strategic leadership role.
  • The opportunity to work with a team of Governors and staff in achieving the goal of becoming an outstanding further and higher education provider.
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific college management issues.
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to the College and the community.

Peridot Partners and Bournemouth & Poole College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

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

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

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal

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Welcome from the Chair of the Corporation

Dear Candidate,

Many thanks for your interest in the role of Board Member at Bournemouth and Poole College.

Our vision for Bournemouth and Poole College is very clear – we are ambitious in our drive to help every one of our learners be the best they can be.

Four themes of activity weave through the eight different strands of our strategy:

  • Leadership: with great leadership at all levels, we will achieve our full potential
  • Digital technology: we believe putting digital at the heart of our organisation will accelerate and amplify our effectiveness.
  • Diversity: everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive
  • Sustainability: the need to support a sustainable future for our planet and local area

In terms of facts, the college has an annual turnover of around £35m.

We serve 2800 16 – 18 students a year, over 2000 apprentices, one of the largest college cohorts nationally, over 4,000 adult learners and a small but growing higher education offer, based around a new investment to create University Centre Poole.

In all, over 9000 students/learners, are at the heart of what we do.

We have a great team of colleagues who work tirelessly day in and day out, dedicated to our students.

We have three campuses. The two main ones are in central Poole and Bournemouth, and while we have an exciting £45m development happening at Bournemouth. We have further investment going into our Poole campus, it has many great

facilities, but one of our aims is to bring further significant investment to bear.

Our students and staff rely upon stable, effective and ambitious governance. Our Board is made up of highly capable, aspirational individuals who work strategically to ensure the success of the college.

We take our responsibilities for strategy and quality as well as solvency, standards, and compliance very seriously and the board enjoy a very positive and respectful working relationship with the Principal and Executive team.

While our organisation is getting better, stronger, and more confident every day, we still have a lot to accomplish in our drive to be the leading organisation shaping skills in our region and delivering for both students and staff.

Our new Board Members will bring the skills, enthusiasm and drive to ensure our college continues to thrive.

We are excited to meet new people who can join us on this exciting journey, to help us find the right people, we have retained the support of Peridot Partners.

David Ford
Chair of the Corporation

Welcome from the Principal and Chief Executive

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining our Board.

Students at Bournemouth & Poole College are both high flyers, for example, studying to go to university, or already studying at degree level with us, or on an advanced apprenticeship; and those who need more support to succeed, for example, learning basic maths and English, or getting support for a physical or learning disability.

Because our students are diverse in these and many other ways, and we can support and develop them appropriately, our College can help a wider section of the population of 500,000 in our local area than any other organisation.

This desire to help every student be the best that they can be, the very best version of themselves, is at the core of our College.

We want students to achieve the maximum they can in their studies. This is about professional and technical knowledge and skills, but we also see it as our role to help students develop the interpersonal skills and character that will help them be successful in life and which employers strongly value.

So, activities which develop communication and collaboration, problem-solving, curiosity, resilience and empathy for others are embedded in our tuition and approach.

We hope that this holistic approach will enable progress to higher-level courses, in their career, or into employment.

We also believe that society and the economy need everybody to play a part and that our College can make a major contribution to this.

If we can help make the parts our students play bigger and better, then they will thrive. They will be happier and more connected. They will earn more, enjoy more interesting and satisfying work,

and probably develop a career. They may be more likely to support others, enjoy better lifetime health and make a greater contribution to society.

Finally, we believe our local area will also benefit from the people living here, in all our communities, to have greater opportunities.

If we help reduce the minority of young people who are disengaged and help them move into study and work, and do the same for adults who are under-employed or who have long-term illness, then this will mean more wages are retained in the area. Businesses will be more successful if they can fill roles and retain staff. The environmental impact of more local travel and less travel of workers into the area will also be positive.

The whole economy and society will benefit from a better-skilled, confident and happy local workforce, and that is our goal.

Phil Sayles
Principal and Chief Executive

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 24th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 2nd May 2024
    Interviews: Friday 10th May 2024

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