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Members of the Corporation Board (Governors) | West Nottinghamshire College

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West Nottinghamshire College seeks to engage additional Corporation Board Members (Governors) with a passion for vocational education and an ambition to build on the College's continued success for the benefit of students, staff and the local community. This should be underpinned with a track record of strong strategic leadership in one of the following areas: local authority, local business, digital transformation, robotics & automation, organisational development.

  • Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

The work of a Member of the Corporation Board (Governor) in setting the strategic direction and providing leadership is central to the success of the College. 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 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 Board of Governors can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” of the College and its business, the term should not be taken to imply a passive or merely symbolic role. The Board is accountable for the 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 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

Recognising our ambitious strategy to provide skills to enable all students, employer partners and our community to thrive.

The College seeks to engage people with a passion for vocational education and a drive for ambition to build on continued success for the benefit of their students, staff and the local community. This should be underpinned with a track record of strong strategic leadership in one of the following areas:

  • Local authority,
  • Local business,
  • Digital transformation,
  • Robotics & automation,
  • Organisational development.

These roles offer a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and dynamic Governing Board and genuinely have an impact on the future success of the college and its students. You will support the development and influence the direction of West Nottinghamshire College at a time of great momentum as we seek to secure the finances, grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding education and training opportunities for young people and adults in Nottinghamshire.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact:

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

Sarah Szulczewski | 07841 017043 | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

Dr Sophie Carney | 07399 528307 | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 21st September 2020

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Welcome from the Principal

Dear Candidate,

West Nottinghamshire College is on a rapid trajectory of improvement and the executive is hugely supported by a committed and talented board, which brings its wide range of experience and contacts to support and challenge leaders in delivering our vision.

The College is clearly focused on doing the very best it can to support our communities of Mansfield, Ashfield and the surrounding areas. At the heart of this is developing and delivering outstanding courses for our students and apprentices of all ages, which will help local people to fulfil their potential, but it also requires us to work with partners in the business community, local authorities, public services and elsewhere to ensure that we maximise the opportunities for our students to fulfil their potential within our communities. This, in turn, is helping us to create an ever-more dynamic and exciting curriculum.

Our talented staff are committed to achieving our vision and living our values. Our endeavours to develop a culture of high engagement, high expectations and high support are delivering great benefits for our students, which were exemplified by moving the entire curriculum online in three days at the start of lockdown. Teaching staff, support staff and leaders came together in a creative, challenging and honest way to enable every student to access their learning from home, whatever their circumstances. Now we are drawing on the learning from that period to ensure that the new academic year integrates the best of the old and new ways of working.

We love to see our governors getting involved in the daily life of the College, either as a link governor, participating in learner voice or staff council events or attending performances, exhibitions or celebrations. There’s something for every governor, which can fit around busy professional or personal lives, and which enables you to really understand our College and what it does for those it touches.

Having emerged from a financial crisis in 2018, the College now has a strong operating position, although it still has significant work to do with partners to address the historic debt, which is a legacy of that crisis.

I hope you will join us in achieving our vision and making us the College that our communities need and deserve.

Andrew Cropley

Welcome from the Chair

Sean Lyons, Chair of the Corporation Board, West Nottinghamshire College - FE recruitment

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in a position on the Corporation Board of West Nottinghamshire College.

We are totally committed to providing the best possible education and experience for our learners, so that they and the community we serve can truly thrive.

Over the last 18 months, the College has undergone significant changes in leadership and governance, and has made a strong recovery from a difficult financial situation that led to intervention from the FE Commissioner.

Our talented staff have responded really positively to the executive leadership changes, and we place great emphasis on their engagement, development and wellbeing.

Our regulators and funders are showing increasing confidence in our performance, and we have many exciting developments to look forward to, so you will be joining us at a great time!

We are an open, friendly and welcoming organisation, and we are looking to enhance our board with people who can provide appropriate knowledge and apply this with the right balance of support and challenge to the executive and fellow board members .

We look forward to meeting you.

With best wishes,

Sean Lyons

About West Nottinghamshire College Group

West Nottinghamshire College Group consists of a large and successful Further Education College based in Mansfield, Vision Business – a national training provider to employers, Vision Apprentices – a national apprenticeship recruitment service, bksb, internationally renowned online assessment tools and commercial interests that include a fine dining restaurant, a hair and beauty salon and spa and a theatre.

Vision Business Support Services is the latest edition to the College Group and was established to provide exceptional support services for all aspects of the Group’s business. The College Group is a well-known brand in the local area and further afield, being widely recognised as one of the most successful in the country. It prides itself on being a successful business, providing a great experience with financial strength and a fantastic place to work.

About Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College has a track record for success and is continually developing its offer to meet the needs of students and employers. Each year, the College provides education and training to some 14,000 full and part-time students (including 4,000 apprentices) across all major industry sectors from entry to university-level.

Through its recently secured partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the Ccollege is able to offer a range of foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees from the Derby Road campus, offering continued progression opportunities for students.

The College also offers 16 different A Level subjects and have achieved a pass rate of 99.4% for 2020. This is in addition to a variety of vocational courses that are delivered in some of the best facilities in the sector, which range from engineering and construction to creative arts, hair and beauty and catering.

Its on-campus provision primarily serves the needs of Mansfield, Ashfield and clusters of smaller towns and villages across the borders between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We have a history of successful models of employer-related and apprenticeship training delivery to some of the largest employers in the country.

The College has a consistent record of exceeding its targets, despite operating within a community of relatively low aspirations and commitment to education. Participation levels and improved achievement rates across all groups of learners is key to economic and social regeneration.

In February 2017, the College retained its ‘good’ rating by Ofsted with inspectors highlighting its role in the area’s cultural and economic regeneration and high standard of vocational training facilities which help students develop the skills for employment.

In October 2016, the College completed a £50m investment to create state-of-the-art facilities for learning. This included the creation of a £6.5m University Centre to improve access to higher education locally and plug the skills gaps and productivity shortages in the area.

Providing skills for all students, employer partners and our community to thrive

The College’s mission is to provide skills for all students, employer partners and our community to thrive. Outstanding resources combined with exceptional tutors and student support means that whatever the ambition of a student, the College can help to achieve it.

In the ever-changing landscape of education, the College had been facing strategic challenges due to changes to funding policy affecting a large number of colleges across the country. The College Group has a history of successfully overcoming challenges and managing its finances well – through this the Corporation Board and Senior Leadership Team have embraced this as an opportunity to review and realign the strategy to overcome these hurdles.

The success of this is reflected in the cultural change and sense of positivity that can be witnessed throughout the organisation, the students, staff, and our reputation with the wider local community and employers.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

To apply: Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

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All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 21st September 2020
Candidates informed of outcome: 5pm Friday 25th September
Interviews: w/c Monday 28th September

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