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Members of the Corporation Board (Governors) | Nottingham College

To support our ambition, we are looking to appoint several new Board Members (Governors) to our Corporation Board – the College's governing body. 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 continuing to review the quality of our estate.

The work of a Member of the Corporation Board (Governor) in setting Nottingham College’s strategic direction and providing leadership is central to the College’s success. By becoming a Governor, 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 we serve.

While in some respects the role of the Corporation Board can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” of a college and its business, the term should not be taken to imply a passive or merely symbolic role. The Board is accountable for the College’s financial solvency, 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 long-term health and success.

Who we are looking for

To support their ambition, Nottingham College are looking to appoint several new Governors to their Corporation Board – the governing body of the College. They 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 their leadership through the appraisal of reports, plans and strategies. Based on the plans for Nottingham College, we welcome interest from those with substantial leadership experience from the following sectors:

  • Education (leadership/curriculum/apprenticeships/skills)
  • Digital Innovation
  • Finance

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

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 which can be discussed with you on appointment

Further information:

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search adviser at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | 07841 017 043 | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 12noon, Friday 18th December 2020

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Welcome from the Chair of Nottingham College Corporation, Carole Thorogood

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.

The coming years will continue to be challenging for all publicly funded organisations and further education colleges are particularly stretched financially. However, following significant investment from various stakeholders, we are delighted to have recently completed a major new campus in the centre of Nottingham.

In addition to opening this new campus, 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 Szulczewski, 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 Nottingham College

In summer 2017, New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham joined forces to become Nottingham College.

Since this time, the new college has developed a rigorous quality assurance process, rationalised its estate to ten campuses across the city and launched a digital strategy which will be embedded into the new City Hub campus when it opened in October 2020. Every year, the largest provider of FE in Nottingham helps tens of thousands of local people gain skills and qualifications which change their lives. By helping them into higher education and employment, they help Nottingham and Nottinghamshire prosper by ensuring that businesses are able to find the people they need to grow.

Nottingham College knows the difference that education makes to the lives of their students. Working with a significant number of employers locally, regionally and nationally, the college is constantly developing and delivering excellent education, training and support that meets their needs and those of students, creating opportunities and prosperity for both.

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

The new City Hub campus represents a significant investment in education for the city and having opened in early October 2020, the campus offers new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new training restaurant, café and performing arts centre.

Nottingham College’s plans for improvement are far reaching across the entire organisation. Their digital strategy will enable them to move towards increased means of digital learning across their entire curriculum, and a greater amount of online learning and development opportunities for both staff and students. They are already addressing the infrastructure which is required for this huge task across the college.

Nottingham College has a lot to be proud of with exceptional facilities for their engineering and construction students and a traditional art school to name but a few, though they also recognise they have areas to improve and are addressing these.

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    Closing date for applications: 12noon, Friday 18th December 2020
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5pm, Thursday 7th January 2021
    Interviews: Tuesday 12th January 2021

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