Home / Roles / Governors | Isle of Wight College

Governors Isle of Wight College

Isle of Wight College is looking to engage Governors with a passion for vocational education and a drive for ambition to build on the College's continued success for the benefit of their students, their staff and the local community.

  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June

About Isle of Wight College

Formed in 1951, initially offering courses in construction and engineering, the Isle of Wight College is a general further education (GFE) college with a Broad curriculum that reflects the needs of the Island community which includes:

  • 16-19 study programmes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Adult learning
  • Access to HE
  • Higher education (University courses and Centre)
  • T Levels
  • High Needs
  • SEND (Special educational needs and disability)
  • 14-16 supplementary provision

The College’s main site is located in Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight, with a second site comprising of a Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM) in East Cowes. This centre, opened in September 2017, was funded by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and built in partnership with GKN.

The College is considered to be ‘medium’ size with approximately 1,500 students aged 16-19, 4,000 adults and just under 500 apprentices. The College employs 475 teaching and support staff in a variety of full and part-time roles.

There is a higher proportion of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) on the Island and the College provides comprehensive, high-quality programmes for these students including those with the most complex needs, in new specialist facilities.

Transforming the Island’s Futures:

To be the Island’s heart of learning and skills where futures are created together.


Deliver outstanding outcomes by:

  •  putting students first.
  •  valuing our dedicated staff.
  •  building and nurturing strong employer partnerships.
  • -actively supporting our local community.

Students are at the heart of everything that we do. We ensure access to high-quality teaching and learning experiences and enable all students to make progress to positive destinations. We continue to prioritise individual student needs and aspirations in addition to ensuring we meet the needs of local employers and the community.

We implement a personalised support mechanism to enhance student success and facilitate seamless transitions through further education into employment and career pathways.

Our staff take great pride in the ability to personalise learning experiences, track student progress, and provide targeted support interventions, enhancing the effectiveness of our student-centred approach.

We are proud of our support team and services, which provide an environment that prioritises the well-being of both staff and students, fostering a culture of care, respect, and collaboration, with professional development opportunities, and work-life balance initiatives to enable all members of the College community to thrive.

Peridot Partners and Isle of Wight 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 consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Shaun-Eden-education recruitment-consultant-Peridot-Partners

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Shaun Eden

View profile

The Corporation

The Isle of Wight College of Further Education is an independent corporation with exempt charity status formed under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The Instrument and Articles of Government set down its powers, membership, role and responsibilities. Most of the College’s provision is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and the Instrument and Articles are supplemented by the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Financial Memorandum and Audit Code of Practice, as well as general law relating to employment, equality and diversity, health and safety.

A Corporation is similar to a board of non-executive directors. The Isle of Wight College Corporation is made up of members from the business and local community, public and voluntary sector, staff and students. The Principal is an ex-officio member. The Corporation is accountable for the use of public funds and has a duty of care for the assets of the College. The Corporation is advised by a Clerk who is independent of the College management and has access to independent professional advice.

The College’s Board of Governors (“The Corporation”) has legal responsibility for the College. It comprises of up to 18 members, including two members of staff and three students. The Principal is the sole executive member and is responsible for operational management of the College. The full Corporation meets five times per academic year and further work is done via committees.


Main tasks of the corporation:

  • To determine the mission for the College (its “educational character”).
  • To ensure high standards are achieved in all aspects of the College’s work.
  • To ensure financial solvency and to protect the College’s assets (mainly property).
  • To oversee all aspects of the College’s work and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Principal and management team.


We are looking to engage Governors with the passion and interest in supporting the lives of young people and adults through education.

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:

  • Education leadership / teaching and learning / curriculum and quality.
  • Finance, with an understanding of handling public money.

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.

These roles offer a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and dynamic Governing Board and genuinely have an impact on the future success of the College, its students, staff and community. You will support the development and influence the direction of the College as they seek to grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding education and training opportunities for young people and adults.

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

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

    To access a full job description and application details,
    please fill out the form below.


    Thank you for your interest in this role.

    Please download the Role Description and Person Specification and complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.

    To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position. Please ensure your CV and supporting statement is in a Word format.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Application: Isle of Wight College – Governor” into the subject field. You will receive an acknowledgement on receipt of your application within 2-3 days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please make contact with our admin team.

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

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

    As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.

    If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification, please let us know.

    If you experience any technical or accessibility difficulties, need help making an application, or have any additional support that needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please let us know.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.


    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June 2024

    We are in the process of confirming interview dates. We will update the site once confirmed and contact those who have applied.

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Isle of Wight College are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.

    The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.

    The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

    Data Processing, Protection and Privacy Policy

    By completing the form to view, or if you have access to this page from an email invitation, Peridot Partners will have processed your personal information. For more information about Peridot Partners’ data processing activities and your rights, please read our Privacy Policy.

    You might also be interested in