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Governors (Finance, Investment, HR & DEI and Student Experience) MidKent College

Educating and training around 7,000 students every year, MidKent College is looking to bolster the talent of its Governing Body by appointing four new Governors to its Board.

  • Location: Maidstone & Medway, Kent
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses covered
  • Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 19th September 2022

About the role of Governor

Acting in a similar capacity to a company’s non-executive director or charity’s trustee board, our Governing Body (‘the Board’) is a legal structure responsible for the overall functioning of MidKent College. As a collective group of independent members, our Board is responsible for the quality of service the college offers to students and the local community, as well as approving and monitoring the college’s annual budget. We have a high-performing board of 16 Governors who reflect the different communities served by our college. Our committed and experienced Board is comprised of people who bring a range of career backgrounds, and specialist industry and sector knowledge. Our Board includes both independent members and two members of staff, two students, and the Principal & Chief Executive Officer.

The Board meets at least five times per year, in addition to an annual strategic away day. There are five committees: Risk and Audit; Finance & General Purpose; Quality, Teaching & Learning; Remuneration, and Search and Governance which meet regularly throughout the year. We ask that new Governors become members of both the Board and also at least one other committee, depending on their specialist knowledge and interests.

In addition to attending scheduled meetings throughout the year, we encourage Governors to experience the college by linking them with senior managers and different departments, providing opportunities for them to visit the campuses and meet and speak with students, apprentices, and staff.

Recognising that many of our Governors may have little or no prior experience of working in the further education sector, our Clerk provides new members with a comprehensive induction, including being paired with a more experienced Governor. We also ensure Governors receive ongoing training and development, especially around their statutory duties, which is facilitated in-house and through signposting to online resources and conferences.

Our Governors are ambassadors for MidKent College. They speak positively about us in their own professional networks and advocate for the further education sector and its direct impact on both national productivity and employment.

Who we are looking for

Whilst we have identified a range of skills that would be helpful to MidKent College’s Board, and include them below, we are keen to attract as broad and diverse a group of new Governors as possible. We know the value which a diverse Governing Body brings, and so we welcome people with the skills listed below to consider this opportunity as well as others with skills, knowledge and career backgrounds not listed. What matters most to us is that Governors are passionate about our mission, enthusiastic about joining MidKent College, and keen to contribute to our future success.

Governor (Finance and Investment)

Overall, our group turnover is in the region of £50m and our financial health is outstanding. Each year we generate a modest surplus due to our robust curriculum and financial planning processes and the profit generated through our trading arm, MKC Training Services.

Our Board has directed the Executive Leadership Team to devise an investment strategy and, whilst there is financial planning and accounting experience already represented on the Board, we wish to strengthen this area of specialist knowledge and ideally welcome a candidate with experience in managing multi-million-pound investments.

Governor (HR, OD and DEI)

We are proud of our organisational culture and have a highly engaged workforce. We have several strategies in place to constantly evaluate and improve our organisational outputs through high-quality learning and development, and robust measures to support performance.

We are always looking for ways in which we can evolve and improve our organisational design; with a focus on improving the experience for our students and staff and developing improved inclusive practice across the college.

With all of this in mind, we welcome the contribution of a Governor with experience in leading or managing HR/People Services teams and planning, especially in the specialist areas of organisational development and diversity, equity and inclusion. If the person appointed also brought additional experience in setting senior leadership pay policies and developing review processes, that too would be beneficial.

Governor (Student Experience)

We have recently led a small restructure of our Executive Leadership Team and appointed a senior leader who will be accountable for the development of the student experience here at MidKent College.

Whilst our Board is always focused on the student journey at our college and keen to understand how we can be the best in the country in this regard, we welcome an experienced leader with experience in developing impactful strategies which have resulted in improved services for students.

We would be keen to receive interest from people working in a leadership or management role in the FE, skills or HE sectors.

All Governors are expected to uphold the 7 Principles of Public Life, which are more commonly known as the ‘Nolan Principles.’

1: Selflessness: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2: Integrity: Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3: Objectivity: Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4: Accountability: Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5: Openness: Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6: Honesty: Holders of public office should be truthful.

7: Leadership: Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.


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

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Welcome

Dear Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in joining our Governing Body.

MidKent College is a great organisation to be part of. Our people make a real difference in so many of our students’ lives. We have a tremendous mix of learners, young and old, from diverse backgrounds and communities. Many come to us with a chequered educational history, though despite this, the vast majority leave us with enhanced prospects and move on to universities, into skilled jobs and into professions linked to their courses. The highlight of being a Governor is being part of something that transforms life chances in such a profound way.

Our Governing Body is itself a highly diverse mix of people with different back stories and experiences.  But we are united in a genuine passion for the mission of the college and in wanting to help to improve the experience of all our current and potential students, by being critical friends to the college leadership.

Being a Governor requires enthusiasm, time, and commitment. However, the rewards are commensurately large. They come with opportunities to grow in confidence as a board member and to develop your own personal skills as well as develop an understanding of the further education landscape. It is very rare indeed for Governors to regret their decisions to apply!

I am looking forward to learning more about you and understanding how we can help you contribute to the College and its future.

Please do contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners for further information.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Cook
Chair
MidKent College

About the Organisation

MidKent College, in various forms, has existed for over 100 years and supports around 7,000 students annually to acquire the skills and training they need to take their next steps, be that in further study or employment.

Our college is led by an experienced Governing Body – the legal non-executive board of our organisation – and a talented Executive Leadership Team committed to the management of the college through robust operational strategies. As an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ college, described as being ‘student-centred’, we are proud of our many achievements including having outstanding financial health. In addition to the teaching, learning, and training available to students on campus and in the workplace, we have a highly successful and wholly owned subsidiary company; MKC Training.

Our mission and purpose are as follows:

MidKent College will provide high-quality technical education and training, to drive the ambitions and prosperity of the communities of Medway, Maidstone and surrounding areas, working in partnership to ensure our students have the skills and qualifications for the changing world of work.

Along with our own specialist training company, MKC Training Services, which provides specialised skills training in construction and engineering, our two campus locations in Maidstone and Medway exist to serve these communities and support local economic prosperity.

With excellent financial health and a high-quality offer for students and apprentices, we are now in a position of strength to set out our 10-year strategy, which focuses on the following strategic priorities:

  1. Community – MidKent College will contribute to the transformation of the communities of Medway, Maidstone and the surrounding areas through working collaboratively to raise aspirations
  2. Education – MidKent College will be the first choice locally for high-quality technical education and training delivered by industry practitioners
  3. Economy – MidKent College will contribute to the prosperity of the local economies of Medway, Maidstone and surrounding areas, and horizon-scan to ensure we operate in a way that is financially sustainable
  4. Digital Transformation – MidKent College will be a pioneer for the adoption of technology in teaching, learning and assessment and across our business operations
  5. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – MidKent College will be a welcoming and supportive environment for our staff, students and communities where people from different backgrounds can achieve their potential
  6. Sustainability – MidKent College will be a mindful and considerate organisation that evaluates and mitigates the impact of its operations on the local and global environment
  7. Workforce – MidKent College will be recognised as a first-choice local employer that invests in the training, working environment, and welfare of its staff.

This is all possible thanks to the strategic oversight and challenge of our Governing Body – responsible for the direction and function of the college, our financial health, and the quality of service we offer to the community. Our Governing Body comprises individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences who volunteer their time and skills to the benefit of our students and the communities we support.

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Accessibility

MidKent College is committed to inclusive and accessible practices. We continue to review and monitor our processes and are keen to ensure that we make provisions where possible. Some examples of provisions we have made include:

Some of our other 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 interview
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted
  • Home and hybrid working

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 19th September 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday 28th September 2022

    Interview: Thursday 6th October 2022

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