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Governors North Kent College

Do you have a keen interest in further education and a passion for improving lives and opportunities within the community? North Kent College is looking to engage new Governors to join the corporation board and really make a difference to the future of our young people.

  • Location: Dartford, Kent
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The North Kent College Corporation Board is made up of 20 individuals with a broad base of skills and experience drawn from the local and wider communities served by the College. The role of the Governor is fundamental to strong and effective Governance and is, therefore, key to North Kent College’s continued success. The Governors will bring experience at a strategic or senior level with a real recognition of the difference that education makes to the lives of thousands of people each year. North Kent College is committed to further achieving equality and diversity on the Corporation Board, both cultural diversity and vocational diversity, are important considerations to help represent its communities.

The appointed Governor(s) will provide expertise in their area and ensure the collaboration of governors is effective and of the highest standards, working as a coherent unit and working in close partnership with the Management Team, to achieve the College’s strategy and objectives.

Together, the Corporation Board will review the College’s mission, consider strategic developments, systematically monitor college and management performance, review and monitor the implementation of a range of college policies, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements at all times. The Corporation is charged with developing an environment that enables the College to fulfil its mission, for the benefit of learners and the community.


  • Involvement and contribution to meet the needs of everyone in the college community.
  • Abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life as laid down in the Nolan Principles – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Adhere to a Code of Conduct.
  • Each year of office, members will need to complete a Register of Interests form declaring any interest, financial or other, which might influence their judgement.
  • Attendance of a minimum number of meetings per year (approx. 12-15).
  • Continuous assessment of performance and recommendations for improvement.

The benefits

  • A chance to develop skills in a strategic leadership role.
  • The opportunity to work with a team of Governors and staff in achieving the goal of becoming an outstanding further and higher education provider.
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific college management issues.
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to the College and the community.

Who we are looking for

Recognising our ambitious strategy, we seek to engage strategic leaders from the local and wider area to support the Corporation Board in this journey and bring a passion for success and recognition of the value of post-16 education to society.

North Kent College seeks to engage Governors with a passion for Education and a drive to build on our continued success for the benefit of learners, people, the local community and employers. Areas of particular focus, in relation to skills and expertise are:

  • Audit/internal control.
  • Procurement & purchasing.
  • Digital innovation.
  • Banking & investment.
  • Safeguarding of young people & adults.
  • An understanding of the communities the college serves.

You will need to bring not only a strategic outlook and perspective but also a strong understanding and passion for the work the college and the sector do and the impact on people lives, opportunities and aspirations.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful Corporation Board and make a genuine impact on the future success of the College and its learners. You will support the development and influence the direction of North Kent College at a time of great momentum as we seek to secure the finances, grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding, meaningful education opportunities for learners across North and West Kent.

Peridot Partners and North Kent 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(s) 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

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal

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Welcome from the Chair of Corporation

On behalf of the whole Governing Body, we would like to extend to you a warm welcome to North Kent College.

North Kent College is a very successful Further and Higher Education College with a focus on vocational education and training. We have c.5,000 learners, c.800 staff, and an annual income of c.£44m.

The College operates from four main campuses; Dartford, Gravesend, Tonbridge and Hadlow. We are almost three years into the transformational change of having acquired Hadlow College and West Kent College (Tonbridge campus) in August 2020. The Tonbridge campus extends our geographical reach of our general further education provision, whilst Hadlow adds a new and exciting additional land based curriculum area. The integration of these two additional sites has been a key priority for us since August 2020. Since this date we have also completed over £20m of capital expenditure on these sites.

We are very fortunate to have a group of highly committed governors, each bringing their own skills, experience and perspectives, who are all passionate about education and training and are focused on all that is necessary for the College to be able to provide our learners with the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential. The Governing Body has a strong professional relationship with the Senior Leadership Team built on trust, respect, and constructive challenge.

We are looking for more governors to join our team, who share our commitment to North Kent College, who can bring additional complimentary skills and who can make a real contribution to the governance of the Corporation.

If you would like to be part of a dynamic board of governors where you can have the opportunity to make a real impact on our existing and future learners’ lives strongly interests you, then we look forward to receiving your application to join us.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information pack, and if you have any questions arising then please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Atkins-Boal for further information.

Keith Norman
Chair of Corporation

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

About North Kent College

Until 15 August 2020, North Kent College (‘NKC’) was one of four general further education (GFE) Colleges in Kent, sitting at the centre of three distinct geographies: London, Kent and the Thames Gateway. We had four operational locations – Dartford, Gravesend (the two main sites), Thameside (Maritime) and Bluewater (The Learning Shop). Post August 15th, the College took on substantial parts of Hadlow College and West Kent and Ashford College which were both under Education Administration, which means that there will now be three GFE Colleges in Kent, together with the land-based College at Hadlow, now forming part of NKC.

Over the past decade we have consistently been the best College in Kent and South East London in terms of results. In 2018/19, the College ranked 2nd nationally out of 169 GFE Colleges for all Level 3 (A Level equivalent) achievement rates. This was an excellent improvement of nine places, as we were ranked 11th nationally in 2017/18.

The College’s Vision is to

  • Consistently be recognised as a national leading vocational centre dedicated to delivering outstanding teaching and learning;
  • Deliver courses that continue to reflect local and regional industry needs and be in fields where we have a proven track record; and
  • Train and educate learners who will be seen as the first choice by employers.

The College’s Mission is

To provide high quality education, learning and training which, through partnership working, offers young people and adults the opportunity to achieve their potential, and contribute to the success of the community.

The College has an exceptionally well-mapped curriculum offer which is forensically reviewed throughout the year (at least eight times) with the Chief Executive & Executive Principal and wider curriculum planning team to meet the needs of learners and the local community and employers.

Whilst we are a General FE College, we firmly believe in only running the right courses and not to offer anything without careful consideration and research. We consider where a course might sit within the existing offer, who will benefit from the course offer, and most importantly, what will the course provide in terms of allowing for meaningful progression and destination to higher qualifications or employment. This has meant less radical change in recent years as we have arrived at a largely successful curriculum which only needs minor annual adjustments rather than a complete overhaul.

In Gravesend, we offer specialist training with our: National Maritime Training Centre, a firefighting facility and Hall Training Centre. As one of a handful of Colleges offering Maritime provision in the UK, the College draws its learners from both national and international locations and, with over 30 years’ experience, the Hall Training Centre is one of only a few of City & Guilds approved F-Gas and ammonia training specialist refrigeration training centres in the UK.

The College’s financial health remains very positive with a high rating in the good category. In 2019/20, 83% of the College’s revenue was sector funded. Before the August 2020 acquisitions, the College earned income of £23.89m; £19.9m from the sector lead funder, the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA), including FE loans and £1.9m for deferred capital grant releases. The remainder was earned from a variety of learner and commercial related activities. Since the acquisition the College income now exceeds £40m.

The College’s last Ofsted Inspection was a short inspection in November 2017, when we maintained our ‘Good’ status from our last full inspection in February 2014 and continued to build on our many strengths, these being:

  • Staff continue to offer a high standard of training and education for young people;
  • The College plays a key role in the economic development and prosperity of the region;
  • The College provides an evolving curriculum that remains relevant and beneficial both for learners, and for local and regional businesses through curriculum areas working actively with employers and our Business Partnership team extending the network further each year;
  • Learners value the high level of support they receive and the opportunities their education and training create for them;
  • The numbers of learners on College-based courses, and the numbers of apprentices who successfully achieve their qualification, have risen each year, and are high;
  • Leaders have significantly increased the emphasis teachers place on the promotion of English and mathematics;
  • Leaders and managers have developed a wide range of effective strategies to check the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the College, and to identify priorities for improvement;
  • Leaders successfully promote a culture of continuous improvement among staff. As a result, staff are enthusiastic and willing to engage in professional development; and
  • Teachers are highly effective at improving learners’ awareness of equality, diversity and British Values.

We continue to keep these priorities for improvement at the fore and we aware of several sector issues which impact on the effective running of the College but put in place strategies to counter the risks including:

  • The effect of and the consequences from the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • The importance of GCSE English and mathematics as key component of the education programme
  • The current economic conditions
  • On-going reductions in adult recruitment due to funding changes
  • Continued Apprenticeship regime funding upheaval
  • Reduction in HE recruitment across the sector with the lowering of university entrance requirements

We ensure that we factor in the risks and our annual improvements are clearly identified within the College’s annual Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to ensure we continue to deliver a highly effective experience for all our learners.

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

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 in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • 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

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. Friday 12th April 2024
    Interviews: 9 a.m. Wednesday 1st May 2024

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