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Governors Hugh Baird College

Bring your senior leadership expertise and join the board of Hugh Baird College as they continue to inspire, challenge, and transform lives.

  • Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June

About Hugh Baird College

Hugh Baird College provides education and training to over 6,000 students each year across our two campuses in Bootle and Sefton.

We offer a diverse range of educational pathways, from study programmes for young people, A Levels and apprenticeships through to higher education which we deliver in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria respectively.

We are recognised as a beacon across the communities we serve, and we are proud of the many ways in which we continue to support a range of stakeholders including our students, our staff, and our local employers.

Our vision is a simple one; to be the best college in the country and by living our values of excellence, accountability, innovation, collaboration, and integrity, we will continue to strive to achieve this.

In 2023, we were ranked as the number one further education college for achievement rates in apprenticeships, and we already hold a 96% pass rate across the newly introduced T-level qualifications we deliver.

We were last inspected in March 2018 and found to be ‘Good’. Since then, we have made further progress to improve the quality of our provision in all areas, and continue to pay close attention to ensuring that we are always mindful of remaining focused on student outcomes and student experience.

“We are a vital beacon of opportunity for our students, our employers and our wider communities. Our local areas need us, and we must continue to strive to meet their needs. We want to add new people to our board who are driven by the emotion of delivery and the passion we have for what we do.  We are dedicated to supporting our local communities in every way possible – they deserve it!”

Rachael Hennigan, Principal & CEO

Our senior leaders and our Board have a partnership based on trust, transparency and supportive challenge which ensures that together, we continue to add value to all those who enrol with us — and that we continue to build an inclusive culture across our college community. We will continue to make every effort to provide improved life opportunities for our learners and be a vibrant place for our staff to work.

As a Board, we need to ensure we continue to offer our senior leaders the appropriate support and scrutiny that challenges their thinking. We do this in various ways and through various different committees. To ensure this challenge remains healthy, support is always available and to bring in new ideas, we feel the time is now right for us to appoint a range of new members to our Board — each of whom will have a different yet valuable area of expertise.

We seek to appoint people to our Board with the following areas of professional experience:

  • Higher education expertise
  • A qualified finance professional
  • Experience of human resource functions at a strategic level
  • Senior, strategic organisational growth and development expertise

Peridot Partners and Hugh Baird 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 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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dan Baxter

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Role Description

Our Board is a collaborative and inclusive body formed of 16 members, 11 of which are independent.

As a group of committed and determined, volunteer non-executives, we recognise the need to diversify the range of thought and experience of our members.

With a number of independent members coming to the end of their respective terms of office later in the year, we seek to appoint new members to support our succession planning.

Higher Education

Firstly, we will be welcoming applications from candidates currently based in a range of strategic-level roles across the HE sector which may include recruitment, admissions, curriculum design and student experience.

An understanding of the local HE market across the Merseyside area and North West region will be useful.

Financial expertise

As an organisation, we have an annual turnover of c.£30 million. Despite the challenges faced across the sector, we are proud to have maintained strong and healthy finances for a number of years and have remained compliant with all statutory and regulatory frameworks whilst foreseeing and mitigating risks.

To help us maintain this position, we now seek to appoint an experienced, qualified, senior finance professional. Candidates for this role could come from a range of sectors including commercial and corporate settings, the third sector or from another public sector organisation such as the NHS.

Human Resources

As we continue to prioritise the experiences of our c.700 dedicated and passionate staff, we are always mindful of the need to ensure that they feel supported and valued whilst working with us. To this end, we seek to appoint a governor to our Board who can offer advice and challenge using their expertise as a senior human resource professional. Candidates for this role will have experience working within relatively large and/or complex organisations.

Organisational growth and development

Finally, as a forward-looking organisation, we are ever mindful of the need to grow and expand so that we can continue to meet the needs of our local communities and stakeholders. In recognition of this, we believe that we need to better maximise opportunities for this growth, whilst identifying new areas in which we could develop further. As such, we would welcome applications from leading local strategists who have experience of commercial growth and organisational development.

Applicants could come from a range of sectors, but we would especially be interested in those who have connections to local employers/industries, have roles linked to employability as well as those based in roles within the ever-growing digital sector.

“These vacancies represent an opportunity for candidates to add real value and experience to our Board — a space where all voices and opinions are heard and respected. Our meetings are collaborative, and there is a culture across the team that we all belong to something that is bigger than ourselves.”

Geraldine Sloan – Chair of the Board

General skills, experience and commitment

As a governor at Hugh Baird College, you will use your experience and expertise within your professional field to offer appropriate levels of challenge, scrutiny, and support as we continue to achieve our strategic objectives and improve student outcomes. You will need a passion for success and recognise the important impact education has on the communities we serve.

Whilst previous board experience will always be welcomed, we would also be delighted to receive applications from those who are yet to hold a non-executive role, but who are keen to bring the experience to an organisation with a social conscience and a demonstrable track record of positive impact.

All new members will be supported with a full induction and ongoing support and training.

Our governing body meetings are held five times per year in the early evenings, outside of usual working hours. Whilst we always aim to have our members in the same room, we understand the importance of flexibility. Therefore, we implement a hybrid approach where needed.

Each appointed member will also be asked to join a committee based on their areas of expertise, interest and our needs. Some meetings will be held in person, others online, and range between 3-5 meetings per year.

We look forward to discussing this with candidates in more depth in due course.

On average, we estimate that our governors spend around 10 hours per month on governance business. This comes with month-to-month fluctuations based on our annual schedule of meetings and the academic year.

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

    Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 26th June 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 3rd July 2024

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