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Governors x 2 (Property/Sustainability; Finance) Solihull College & University Centre

Contribute to transforming the lives of learners through providing opportunities to help shape students' futures, as a Governor of Solihull College & University Centre.

  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 12 p.m. Wednesday 12th June

About the role.

Due to current Governors’ terms of office coming to an end, we have taken time to consider the breadth of skills, networks, and experience currently represented on our Governing Body, and where additional talent and expertise could add value. When considering our ambitious strategy, which is included on this microsite, we welcome the interest of committed governors who have the time and interest to contribute to our strategic planning and act as a critical friend to our Principal & CEO and her leadership team.

Governors, together, make up the non-executive governing board of Solihull College & University Centre – known as the Corporation. The work of a Member of the Corporation (Governor) in setting the strategic direction of Solihull College & University Centre and providing effective oversight is central to the success of the College.

By becoming a Governor of Solihull College & University Centre, you will be joining a high-performing board and successful education and skills-focused organisation. This is your opportunity to steer provision that benefits the students, the West Midlands’ communities, and employers directly. Being a Governor of Solihull College & University Centre is hugely rewarding and is an opportunity to make a real difference to the education standards, curriculum provision, and, importantly, the experience of our learners and apprentices.

Whilst in some respects the role of the Corporation can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” of the College and its business, the term should not be taken to imply in any sense a passive or merely symbolic role. The Corporation is accountable for the financial solvency of the College, its sound management, the quality of the service which it provides, and its educational character. The Corporation 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 Principal & CEO is getting on with the business of running the organisation 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 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 Solihull College & University Centre.

There are seven meetings of the Corporation throughout the academic year (September through to July), plus two additional development days held on a Saturday. In addition to this, there are additional meetings of the Search & Governance Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Financial Oversight Group.

Opportunities for Governors to participate in visits and meetings with students are arranged throughout the year. It is expected that – with preparation for meetings, liaison with the College, and training – Governors should plan to spend a minimum of six hours per month undertaking the responsibilities of the role; including reading papers, visiting the College, and attending meetings.

Who we are looking for.

As Solihull College & University Centre has two campuses in Solihull (Blossomfield and Woodlands), a college campus in Stratford-upon-Avon and is the lead partner for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology with a campus in Birmingham, we feel it is important you live, work, or have a strong connection with the West Midlands region.

To support our strategic ambitions, we are looking to appoint two non-executive Governors to our Corporation – the Governing Body of Solihull College & University Centre.

We are specifically looking for talented people who can add value to the discussions which take place at the Corporation, its committees, and any special interest groups, by providing support and challenge to our leadership through the appraisal of reports, plans, and strategies.

We very much welcome interest from those with substantial leadership experience in the following sectors:

  1. Estates (Capital Projects, or Property Management, or Environmental Sustainability)
  2. Finance (Professional Qualified)

Whilst having non-executive/board-level experience is desirable, what’s more important to us is your ability to work as part of our Corporation and provide the scrutiny required in an organisation of this size from a place of experience.

We need you to have a fundamental belief in the power of education and training, and how it can transform not just lives, but communities of people.

Recognising the diversity of the West Midlands, combined with our own strategic ambitions around inclusion and inclusivity, we very much encourage the interest of candidates who will support us in our ambition to further diversify the leadership and governance of Solihull College & University Centre. We acknowledge there is work to do and working hard to ensure our decision-makers are reflective of the communities we serve and include the latest EDI report for you to review as part of this microsite.


Peridot Partners and Solihull College & University Centre 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 candidates 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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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

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About Solihull College & University Centre

Mission:

To be a reflective and progressive organisation which supports and inspires everyone to succeed.

Vision:

To position Solihull College and University Centre as a confident, fully inclusive, forward-thinking organisation, with a strong reputation for innovation and excellence.

Solihull College & University Centre is an Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ provider of post-16 education and training, including university degree-level programs. Operating primarily from our two main campuses in Solihull and our Stratford-upon-Avon College campus, following a merger in 2018 – considered to be one of the most successful in the country – we are also proud to be the lead partner of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology, of which the central hub in Birmingham houses the largest cyber-physical manufacturing rig in Europe.

Each year, we support the personal, social, and educational development of some 10,000 learners, who are mostly aged between 16-18, across our classroom and workshop-based technical and vocational learning programs, our apprenticeships and adult learning programs across the West Midlands, and our higher education (university-level) provision. We also offer a number of A-Levels. The College is a significant employer in the region, with around 3,000 employees and our strategy focuses on the recruitment, development, and retention of both highly skilled and diverse staff, as well as growing, inspiring, and retaining our learners and apprentices.

We are incredibly proud of our achievements, of our positive reputation both locally and nationally, and of being a place where staff feel engaged in their work and students feel positive about their experience. We were successfully appointed as the lead provider for the West Midlands and Warwickshire Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF), the largest LSIF in the country. In 2023 we won a Centre of Excellence World Skills Award, were recognised for our quality of career support, and were admitted into the Chartered Institute for Further Education. Several awards have been won, including the ‘Best Education, Training and Professional Development’ provider at the Chamber Awards.

With a turnover of circa £49 million, we are pleased to report ‘outstanding’ financial health, with EBITDA meeting the College’s target of 4% and cash balances significantly above target.

This financial security and resilience enables us to invest in our resources and ensure our staff and learners benefit from high-quality and modern learning environments, fit for modern methods of learning and training.

Our long-term ambitions are rooted in our community and region, and we are focused on improving the lives of people and regional productivity, whilst making a positive and sustainable contribution to society.

We will:

  1. Deliver a high-quality curriculum that enhances the life opportunities of our learners, the inclusive growth of our communities, and the productivity of the employers with which we work.
  2. Secure the future of our organisation in a fast-changing sector through careful and appropriate income diversification and growth.
  3. Create a high-performing culture that attracts and retains the best people, is fully inclusive, and has a happy and proud workforce.
  4. Deliver a considered but ambitious programme of investment underpinned by financial stability.
  5. Be net zero by 2030.

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    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

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

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 12th June 2024

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