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Members of the Corporation Board (Governors) Nottingham College

To support our ambition, we are looking to appoint new Board Members (Governors) to our Corporation Board – the governing body of our College. We are specifically looking for talented people who can add value to the discussions which take place at the Board and its committees through providing support and challenge to our leadership through the appraisal of reports, plans and strategies.

  • Location: Nottingham city centre
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

Nottingham College is one of the largest colleges in the UK with 34,000 students, 1,300 dedicated employees and ten campuses across Nottingham. We want to ensure that our focus is always on developing employment opportunities for our students through creative and inspirational teaching. We plan to do this through overhauling our curriculum offer to make sure the qualifications we deliver are the most appropriate for the aspirations of our students. We’ll also be heavily investing in our digital and IT infrastructure as well as continue to review the quality of our estate.

The work of a Member of the Corporation Board (governor) in setting the strategic direction of the Nottingham College and providing leadership is central to the success of the College. By becoming a Governor at Nottingham College, you will be joining a high performing board and successful college. This is your opportunity to steer provision that benefits the students, the local community and employers directly. Being a Governor at Nottingham College is hugely rewarding and is an opportunity to make a real difference to the communities served by the college.

While in some respects the role of the Board of Governors can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” of a college and its business, the term should not be taken to imply in any sense a passive or merely symbolic role. The Board is accountable for the financial solvency of the College, its sound management and the quality of the service which it provides. The Board is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it.

Sound governance requires more than simply ensuring that the books balance and that the CEO & Principal is getting on with the business of running the College within the parameters established by the governors. Colleges must be able to respond to changes in direction of government policy and anticipate changing needs in their communities. The Corporation Board must be actively involved in reviewing the role of the College and in planning and managing change to ensure the long-term health and success of the college.

Who we're looking for

To support our ambition, we are looking to appoint several new Board Members (Governors) to our Corporation Board – the governing body of our College. We are specifically looking for talented people who can add value to the discussions which take place at the Board and its committees through providing support and challenge to our leadership through the appraisal of reports, plans and strategies. Based on our plans for Nottingham College we welcome interest from those with substantial leadership experience from the following sectors:

  • Education (leadership/curriculum/apprenticeships/skills)
  • Estates
  • HR or/and organisational development

Whilst having non-executive/board-level experience is desirable, what’s more important to us is your ability to work as part of our Board and provide the scrutiny required in an organisation of this size from a place of experience. As a Member of our Corporation Board, you will become an integral part of the governance and oversight at the College.

You should live or work locally to Nottingham, as your attendance will be required at the meetings of the Corporation Board, which meets ten times per year. All Members are expected to join a committee of the Board and we can discuss this with you on appointment.

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

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

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Carole Thorogood

Chair of Nottingham College Corporation


Dear Candidate,

Thank you for considering the opportunity to join the Board of Nottingham College.

At Nottingham College, one of the largest further education colleges in the country, we are taking the lead in developing a new vision around the delivery of a skilled workforce required by employers in the city, county and region. Our Corporation Board – the College’s governing body – seek to recruit a range of high calibre people to give their time and help us secure the future of our significant organisation and for the benefit of the communities we serve.

With a new Principal & CEO joining us for the new academic year and a strong executive leadership who have already made significant headway in transforming the organisation, culturally and financially, it is an exciting time to be joining the Board and influencing the continued success for our students, people and communities.

The coming years will continue to be challenging for all publicly funded organisations and further education colleges are no exception. However, following significant investment from various stakeholders, we are delighted to have recently completed a major new campus for the college in the centre of Nottingham and to be upgrading other sites throughout the city.

In addition to upgrading our facilities, we have innovative plans for our curriculum strategy and a transformational investment in our digital infrastructure.

Informal conversations about joining the Nottingham College Corporation Board can be arranged with our advising consultant at Peridot Partners, Sarah Atkins-Boal, on 07841 017 043 or email at sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you have the experience, appetite, and time to commit, then we would welcome an application from you.


Kind regards,


Carole Thorogood

Chair of Nottingham College Corporation

About the organisaion

As the largest provider of further education in Nottingham – and one of the largest colleges in the country with a £70m turnover – Nottingham College enables around 34,000 young people and adults to gain skills and qualifications that change their lives. Through supporting them into higher education, further training and employment, our core mission to deliver excellence in education and help Nottingham and Nottinghamshire thrive, is being achieved. We do this by ensuring businesses can find the people they need to flourish, and our students feel equipped for employment, progression and higher education.

Nottingham College is a place where students are given every opportunity to develop a full range of skills for the workplace and where they can meet employers who can support their career aspirations.  

With around 1,300 employees who all know and care about the difference that education makes to people’s lives, we are proud to be constantly developing and delivering excellent education and skills to meet their workforce needs and those of students, creating opportunities and prosperity for both. Our amazing employees experience this every day through their interactions with students, and through working directly with around 2,500 local, regional and national businesses.

We have been on a journey to integrate people, systems and processes and deliver an exceptional offer for our students, employers and communities across the city and region. The success of our plans is dependent on our people, and we recognise and appreciate the role that the talented and committed staff team play in supporting the advancement of our students and creating inspiring spaces for students to learn and develop in.

The new City Hub campus opened in November 2020. This £58m investment for the city consists of an impressive six storeys of state-of-the-art facilities for more than 2,000 students and nearly 300 staff. City Hub houses the performing arts centre, catering and hospitality curriculum, the business, computing and IT provision, our creative and digital media, travel and tourism, science and early years provision.  As a large college, formed from the merger of several predecessor colleges, we operate across several sites within the city limits and wider suburbs. Each is a designated centre of curriculum delivery, providing specialised facilities and provision for students.

The plans for improvement are far-reaching across the entire organisation.

The pandemic has forced us to think and plan differently, and we recognise the changes that are needed for our employees to feel developed, supported and challenged. We listen to our people and value them in decision-making – this brings collaborative leadership and enables all our people to have a voice and buy into the transformation of the culture, quality of teaching & learning, and ultimately the outcomes for our students.

A short video about our college can be viewed here. 


Employer Statement:

Nottingham College tries to make all of its buildings, facilities and resources accessible to all students, staff and visitors. There are a variety of facilities at College sites including ramps and lifts. Induction loops have been installed at all our main campuses and in addition to physical access, the College can support students, staff and visitors with disabilities by providing information in a format which meets your needs.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.

Further Information:

Interviews will be held at the City Hub. The building is accessible with step-free access both at the entrance to the building and when on site and navigating the building, with elevator access throughout. The interviews will need to be held at this site.

The College would consider requests for any reasonable adjustments that allow the interviews to be held at the City Hub, including those outlined above (hearing loops, accessibility dogs, formatting of documents).

Nottingham College is a Carer Confident employer and actively promotes EDI workplace initiatives. We operate an EDI committee within the College along with network support groups/cafes for BAME, LGBTQ+, carers, bereaved colleagues and new/expectant parents.

The college is keen to ensure that the application process is open to all. We are happy to respond to specific accessibility needs and will do all that we can to enable all candidates to access the selection process.

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

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

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    Closing date for applications: By 9 a.m. Monday 20th June 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 28th June 2022

    Interviews: Wednesday 6th July 2022


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