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Governors (Finance, Audit/Risk & Legal) North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Join the governing body of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, and share your knowledge of finance, audit/risk or law to support the organisation deliver their exceptional outcomes for both learners and apprentices.

  • Location: Leicestershire and Warwickshire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Who we are.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is a medium-sized general further education college that serves south Leicester and Leicestershire and the north of Warwickshire, including the districts of Blaby, Oadby and Wigston and Harborough and the boroughs of Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth. The College operates from campuses in Wigston, Nuneaton, Hinckley town centre and a further specialist construction centre in Hinckley.

The College is home to over 12,000 students, 3000 of which are 16-19 years and over 600 are active apprentices. As the College continues to move successfully through its business plan, it is anticipated that its financial health for the academic year 23-24 moves to ‘Good’. Additionally, the College has most recently been graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted, following the last visit in 2019, where Ofsted saw ‘learners and apprentices benefit from an enjoyable and highly inclusive learning environment’. Furthermore, the College’s aim to develop an inclusive and well-rounded curriculum was recognised as one ‘that meets local and regional needs exceptionally well’.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College wish to appoint new governors to join their board to offer a fresh perspective, offering expertise in new areas and add diversity of thought and experience. The people appointed will share the values of the College and ensure a nurturing, work-ready, sustainable, leading, and collaborative environment is created for all.

About the role.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College’s governing body, known as the Corporation Board, has an inclusive, collaborative and respectful culture. The governing body includes 10 external members in addition to the Principal & CEO, a staff member and a student member. The Corporation Board currently holds 4 formal meetings a year (to be reduced to 3 meetings a year in 2024/24), together with a Strategy Day and a Creative meeting, and in addition to the four different committees that also meet throughout the academic year. These meetings take place both in person and online.

The role of a governor is to be a critical friend of the College, offering appropriate scrutiny and challenge, whilst also offering insightful thoughts and ideas for future opportunities. Governors add value to the board through increased diversity of thought and add value, based on each individual’s experience, to the organisation’s strategic plan.

Governors provide a great level of expertise within their specialist fields and encourage a collaborative and inclusive environment, ensuring that their work is to the highest standard. Governors work in close partnership with the senior management team to ensure the College’s objectives are achieved, and the experience and outcomes for students are at the forefront of their decisions.

Who we are looking for.

You will need to have a passion for education and understand the benefits that education can bring, not only to the learners but also to the wider community. You will share the values of the College and aspire to achieve great things for the College’s students, staff and community.

The College seeks to engage candidates with experience in leadership and management and who can demonstrate a successful track record throughout their career in creating positive impact and change. Ideally, candidates will bring experience in chairing meetings in either a leadership or non-executive capacity, though this is not essential.

The College is currently looking to recruit governors with experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Financial Expertise – Professionally qualified with experience in strategic financial planning or the analysis of financial management accounts is desirable for this area of expertise.
  • Legal Expertise – This experience can be drawn from a variety of sectors, including but not limited to, law firms, company secretary roles, general counsel, and governance advisory roles.
  • Audit Expertise – We welcome senior leaders who have experience in overseeing and the development of internal and external audit, compliance, and risk management.

Previous board experience is not essential for this role and full training will be provided.

Peridot Partners and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire 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:

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

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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About North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College offers a wide and inclusive curriculum to meet the needs of all students, employers, and local communities. Crossing the boundaries of the East and West Midland regions, the College has developed a dynamic curriculum that effectively meets the priorities of both the Leicestershire Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIP) and the West Midlands and Warwickshire LSIP. The College also works with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Colleges West Midlands and local authorities in all its campus locations.

The College continues to develop and build its eighth campus in Nuneaton town centre in a civic partnership with the local authority. The new centre will host a digital skills and innovation hub as well as become the new home for the College restaurant and Bistro in early 2024-25. Additionally, the College is working closely with Coventry University Group to explore and develop a strategic partnership. The proposal involves the College becoming a founder member and lead partner of a further education company within the growing global Coventry University education group. The aims are to generate benefits for students, employers and staff of both institutions, developing educational pathways from school, through FE to HE and apprenticeships. Overall, the partnership will grow the combined impact of further and higher education and maximise the response to skills demands.

The College’s ambitions are to:

  • Deliver outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Prepare our students and apprentices to meet skills demands.
  • Meet skills demands through a collaborative and creative curriculum.
  • Be a high-performing, caring and ambitious workforce.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Enrichment events are held at all campuses throughout the year to promote equity and inclusion and embrace diversity. The College

marks religious festivals through timetabled events run by the College chaplaincy team with a focus on world traditions and cultures, providing an opportunity for learning and a “springboard” for spiritual reflections. National awareness days are marked including Black History Month, LGBT+ History Month, Dyslexia Awareness Week, Neurodiversity Week and Mental Health Awareness Week.

The College continues with its commitment to being a Disability Confident Employer. Through the Disability Confident campaign, the government works with employers to challenge attitudes towards disability, remove barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions in employment, and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. In renewing the College’s commitment to this campaign, it is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to recruiting and retaining disabled people, to fully recognise their skills, experience and talent and to create a culture of inclusion by removing organisational barriers that disabled people may face in work.

The number of trained Mental Health First Aiders remains at a good level across the College and provides a strong basis to support staff and students.

Support mechanisms have been embedded including:

  • Online Wellbeing Hub for staff, students and parents/guardians/carers.
  • Regular online webinars promoting and supporting well-being.
  • 3 Physical Wellbeing Hubs staffed by Wellbeing Hub Coordinators to run workshops and support activities such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness, as well as drop-in and 1:1 support.
  • Training for frontline staff to raise awareness of mental health, the differences, how this may present and tips for supporting students with poor mental health.

The College has signed the AoC Mental Health Charter to show that it recognises the responsibility to create an environment that

promotes student and staff well-being and proactively supports staff and students’ mental health. In order to progress the EDI agenda and specifically to proactively take steps to promote EDI in all that the College does, the College commenced a process of establishing a number of staff networks during 2021-22. These networks have continued and are open to all staff across the College workforce and form an important part of the consultative process across a wide range of workplace issues.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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

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

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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

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

    Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 3rd May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 9th May 2024
    Interviews: Thursday 16th May 2024

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