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Governors East Sussex College Group

East Sussex College Group (ESCG) are keen to appoint motivated and dynamic volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and experience.

  • Location: Eastbourne, Lewes, Hastings and Newhaven
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About East Sussex College Group

East Sussex College Group (ESCG), which was formed in 2018 following a merger between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, is the leading destination for further education in East Sussex.

The college spans four campuses and offers a variety of traditional sixth form subjects, alongside vocational and professional courses, apprenticeships and much more!

We pride ourselves in being welcoming and inclusive, with a strong sense of community and a commitment to improving outcomes for all who study with us.

A welcome from the Chair, Ian Mehrtens, and CEO & Principal, Rebecca Conroy


Dear friend of East Sussex College,

Welcome to East Sussex College and thank you for showing interest in joining the Board of Governors at East Sussex College.

As the Chair of the Governing Board and the CEO & Principal, we are excited about the prospect of speaking to people who share our passion and values for education, and who are dedicated to shaping the future of our college and the lives of our students.

East Sussex College has a proud tradition of providing high-quality education, technical training and support services to a diverse body of students. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of further education, the contributions of our Governors are instrumental in ensuring that our college remains at the forefront of innovation, inclusivity and educational excellence.

For this crucial role, we’re looking for people with experience, expertise and commitment to help us on this journey. By joining our Board of Governors, you will have the opportunity to influence strategic decisions, contribute to policy development and play a key role in the continuous development of our East Sussex communities.

Kind regards,

Ian Mehrtens and Rebecca Conroy
Chair of the Governing Board & CEO & Principal

Peridot Partners and East Sussex College Group 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 candidate 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 consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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Role Description

The Governing Board, together with the Chief Executive Officer and Principal, constitutes the highest level of decision-making in the College Group, having overall responsibility for the strategic direction and financial health of the institution.

As a Governor, you will be at the very heart of the College Group, not only responsible for determining the education and training provided and the strategy for delivering it but also leading the drive to maintain excellent teaching and learning, improving outcomes for young people and adult learners in Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven.

ESCG is committed to reflecting the diversity of the people and communities it serves, to ensure a breadth of experiences and to govern a genuinely inclusive organisation. Diversity brings competing perspectives and is an important protection against ‘groupthink’ at the Board level.

In this regard, the diversity of Governors ensures that decision-making perspectives are enhanced. Diversity information is captured during the application process and is used to support the Board enhance its diversification agenda.

The Governors have recently reviewed the constitution of the Board and associated committee’s and have redefined the structure and scope. Further information on this can be found here.


The role of Governor is to provide challenge and support to the Principal and senior post holders in undertaking their roles and is defined as:

  • The determination of educational character and ethos
  • The articulation of vision, values and strategic direction
  • Approving the Quality Strategy of the institution
  • Oversight and monitoring of college activities
  • Effective and efficient use of resources
  • Financial probity and safeguarding assets
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure and the five-year financial plan
  • Approving the strategic plan
  • The appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal, appraisal, and determination of pay and conditions of the CEO & Principal and other designated senior post holders, including the Director of Governance
  • Setting the framework for pay and conditions of service of all other staff
  • Agreeing retention and achievement targets, monitoring academic achievement, and raising standards
  • Ensuring the correct policies and procedures necessary to fulfil the College’s legal obligations

Who we are 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 education expert 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:

  • Financial management expertise, particularly with a specialism in FE
  • Audit knowledge and experience
  • Expertise in complex capital and infrastructure projects
  • Experience in marketing and strategic communications
  • Organisational culture and managing change
  • FE curriculum and quality

We are also interested in candidates with knowledge of the Lewes/Newhaven local areas, ideally with an existing network within local industries and/or relationships with key community stakeholders.

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.

We welcome interest and applications from all backgrounds and are committed to ensuring that our board reflects the communities we serve.

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

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    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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 21st February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 1st March 2024 at 11 a.m.
    Interviews: Friday 8th March 2024 (remote)

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