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Governors Warwickshire College Group (WCG)

Join Warwickshire College Group as a Governor as they continue to raise aspirations and realise the potential through excellence in learning and development.

  • Location: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 3rd September

About Warwickshire College Group (WCG)

Warwickshire College Group is a large further education college with a circa £48m annual turnover operating across Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We have six colleges in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Rugby and Moreton Morrell in Warwickshire and Pershore and Evesham in Worcestershire.

We are home to around 10,000 students, of whom 1,750 are apprentices. We have a team of 1,300 staff to ensure we offer a diverse and excellent-quality education to all our students.

Our dedication is recognised by our pass rate across all our courses, as over 96% of our learners have positive destinations.

Additionally, WCG was awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2020-2022 for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its work with employers in the engineering sector.

With more than 500 courses across 41 subject areas, students come to WCG to study a wide range of vocational and academic subjects. We, as a college, ensure that provision is excellent for those with learning difficulties and disabilities and recognise the need to provide an inclusive provision that provides for all — as this affects 20% of our students.

We are a truly international college, with links with countries across the world and students who have travelled from five continents to study here — we have up to 100 international students each year. We also have 1,000 students studying our Higher Education courses, and we are the first college group in the UK to be granted Bachelor’s Degree awarding powers alongside Foundation Degree awarding powers by the Office for Students – meaning the academic quality and standards of our degrees are equal to any university.

Our mission and values

WCG’s mission statement was introduced in 2017 through comprehensive consultation with internal and external stakeholders. The mission statement defines the fundamental purpose of WCG, which is:

“Raising aspiration and realising potential through excellence in learning and development.”

WCG’s values underpin the mission statement and summarise organisational behaviours.

  1. Put the student first – WCG aims to put students at the heart of the organisation and central in decision-making.
  1. Deliver the highest quality – WCG strives for excellence in all areas of activity and for a positive experience for all customers.
  1. Act with fairness, openness and respect – WCG treats all individuals with respect, celebrates diversity and operates an open culture.
  1. Challenge and innovate – WCG seeks to challenge practice as part of continuous improvement and to innovate.

Corporate plan priorities

WCG’s Corporate Plan 2023-2028—Delivering Successful Futures II sets out our strategic direction through six corporate priorities for the period. The corporate priorities intend to deliver growth, inclusivity, excellence, engagement, and collaboration. They are measured by annual success indicators and underpinned by aims that meet the achievement of each priority.

The six priorities are:

  • Student Success – to deliver a dynamic and responsive curriculum designed to maximise student outcomes and economic impact.
  • Economic Success – to contribute to the local, regional and national economy through supplying and training the workforce.
  • Financial Success – to build financial resilience and sustainability.
  • People Success – to attract, retain and develop high-performing, well-motivated individuals committed to our mission and values.
  • Quality Success – to be an exceptional education and training provider, delivering excellence in all activities.
  • Social Success – to ensure the Colleges are at the heart of their communities and play an active role in achieving equality in society.

Our history

Originally known as Mid-Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa, our College Group was formed through a series of mergers with other local colleges that were in difficulty.

The first merger was with Warwickshire College of Agriculture in Moreton Morrell in 1996, and the most recent with South Worcestershire College in 2016, bringing Evesham New College into the Group.

Through robust planning and processes for integration, we successfully merged to become a group of six colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire with no financial support from the Government. A key organisational value is to retain provision in accessible locations that economically impact the local area and the region.

Peridot Partners and Warwickshire College Group 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 consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Who we are looking for

Our board has a positive and collaborative culture, and our Governors have a passion for educational excellence and the continual improve to ensure the best outcomes for all students.

Governors are critical to the College’s success, as the support and challenge they provide help shape the College’s mission, vision, values, and strategic objectives—all of which are vital to its future success.

With a number of independent members coming to the end of their respective terms of office at the end of this academic year, we seek to appoint new members to support our succession planning.

We are looking to engage new Governors from a variety of backgrounds with the expertise, experience, and commitment to play a vital role in shaping the future of Warwickshire College Group.

We do have some particular areas of interest and expertise that we are keen to bring to our board and these are:

  • Financial expertise

We are looking for a financially qualified professional to join our board. We welcome all applications from those with financial experience, whether from practice or industry.

  • Landed-based expertise

As a college group with two land-based campuses, we seek interest from those who understand the importance of this industry and the challenges it faces.

  • SEND/Safeguarding expertise

Lastly, we are looking for an individual with experience and a passion for safeguarding and SEND. This can come through a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, social care for young people, residential provisions, legal frameworks, and related sector policy development.

Whilst previous non-executive/board-level executive experience is not necessary, it is important that you work well within the board environment and offer the appropriate challenge, security, and support the board and college require.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of like-minded individuals who share a passion for supporting and improving education and the community within the region.


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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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 3rd September 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 12th September 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 18th September 2024

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