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Head of Estates – Northern College

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The Head of Estates at Northern College has the privilege of overseeing the facilities and estate management of Wentworth Castle, a Grade I listed country house and former seat of the Earl of Strafford. You’ll be passionate about heritage, estates management and truly customer focused.

  • Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Salary: £43k - £47k plus generous pension and annual leave
Northern College, Head of Estates, Further Education Recruitment

About the role

Following the appointment of our new Principal & Chief Executive in Autumn 2018, we are going through a period of change, impacted by the impending devolution of the Adult Education Budget, changes in society and our ambition to continue providing high quality education to adults from across the country. This is not just a local college, but a national one, attracting adults from the furthest points of the country who enrol at the college because of its quality provision, incredible student support, committed staff team and the opportunities that are available.

Our Head of Estates will form part of the Student Experience leadership team. You will ensure our residential students have excellent facilities to stay in, our estate and facilities management services are customer-centred and our partnerships with Barnsley MBC and the National Trust are managed and developed. You will also be responsible for the property strategy for our Grade I listed country house set in stunning scenery – making sure it remains safe, secure and a pleasure to study and work in.

Students feel at ease when they study at our college, and it provides well earned respite for many. We want to keep it that way and ensure our grounds and buildings are a joy to visit, learn and live in.

Being customer focused, you will be proud to provide support services to both colleagues and students in the college. As our in-house property and estate management expert, you’ll work collaboratively with leaders across the organisation to develop and implement an all-encompassing property strategy which makes best use of our facilities – whilst also acting as Chair of our Health & Safety Committee.

Who we're looking for

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Qualified and with experience of developing and implementing estate plans which have a positive impact on customer use of buildings and facilities. As such, relevant experience in overseeing management and customer use of heritage buildings will be significant.

We’re looking for an estate and facilities management expert who is as passionate about our social mission and organisational purpose as you are about our incredible estate. As we operate from a Grade I listed building, you will be experienced in facilities management, capital projects and repairs associated with heritage properties and be highly capable of providing professional advice to our Principal & CEO and the Board of Governors.

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

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

Michael Earnshaw on 07494 595178 | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Dear Candidate,

Northern College, Assistant Principal (Student Experience)

Thank you for your interest in the position of Head of Estates here at Northern College.

The Northern College is one of only four adult residential colleges in England. We have a proud and distinguished history of providing educational opportunities for those individuals and communities who may have previously been disengaged and have returned to learning later in life. Much of what we offer provides a platform to engage people back into education, with the aim of designing a supportive pathway to progress through our courses to ensure that everyone participating can achieve their potential.

The college offers so much more than you might expect from further education – attracting students from all over the country with its residential accommodation, amazing location, focused student and learning support, evening library accessibility and children’s centre. Studying at Northern College is a very inclusive, impactful and memorable experience for our students.

The college offers a wide range of non-accredited provision, including: Confidence Building, Community Engagement, Social Studies, English, Maths and Digital courses, accredited courses including Functional Skills and GCSEs in English and Maths, short courses at L1 and L2, with progression opportunities to our full time residential or non-residential L2 Pre-Access and L3 Access to HE programmes. We offer Teacher Education provision right up to degree level in partnership with Huddersfield University and we have a long-standing Trade Union Education offer attracting union representatives from all over the country. The college works closely with a number of local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and other stakeholders to deliver community learning, and to reach out to individuals and communities engaging them and supporting them to progress within the college.

We’re very proud of our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ grade from 2014, and of our year on year outstanding financial performance. Being in this strong position enables us to spend some time reviewing our strategy in readiness for the changes that the devolution of the adult education budget, which is planned for us in the 2021-2022 year, may bring. Applying the key themes of ‘Innovate, Diversify and Promote’, the college is at the starting point of this exciting next phase of development.

The governing body and entire staff team are driven by the desire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and the communities they live in, so it is critical that this remains at our core.

I am keen to appoint candidates who will embrace this opportunity to take the college into its next phase. A Head of Estates who will be committed to providing exceptional customer service whilst ensuring our buildings, property and estate remain a pleasure and a privilege to work, learn and live in.

If you have property, estate and/or facilities management experience associated with listed or heritage buildings and want to join an incredible college with a strong social mission, we welcome your application.

Yours sincerely,

Yultan Mellor
Principal and Chief Executive

Northern College, FE recruitment, Head of Estates

We are Northern College, one of only four residential colleges dedicated to the education and training of people who are without formal qualifications and seeking to return to learning. We also offer training for those who are active in community and voluntary groups as well as in their trade unions, and have a rich history of promoting social justice.

Our mission is to ‘provide outstanding adult residential and community education for the empowerment and transformation of individuals and communities’

We deliver this mission through our strategic aims of:

  • Being outstanding
  • Transforming lives
  • Celebrating and sharing
  • Securing the future
  • Increasing reach and impact
FE recruitment, Northern College

We are a small college in comparison to some others across the country, though our 4000 students come from a range of different backgrounds and from across the UK. Aged 19 plus, and often with families and dependants, many are familiar with unemployment or part-time, low paid jobs.

We are incredibly proud that our students have in common a determination to secure education, qualifications and better life opportunities. They wish to take control of their lives and change them for the better. Many hope by doing this they can also help to improve the lives of those around them, by supporting their children’s learning or being more effective citizens.

We offer a curriculum that begins where students’ learning levels start, building on the experience of life and work that they bring with them, providing opportunities to acquire new knowledge, skills, ambition and a fresh approach to lifelong learning.

Read more about Northern College:

Northern College website
Leadership and management structure
Head of Estates – department structure
Ofsted Inspection Report 2014
Financial statements 2017/18

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

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

Michael Earnshaw on 07494 595178 | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and letter of application (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Head of Estates, Northern College” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Peridot Partners values diversity in our recruitment. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.

The Northern College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students and expects all staff to share this commitment. As an equal opportunities employer, applications are particularly welcome from disabled, black and minority ethnic groups as they are currently under represented within our staff group. Northern College promotes the welfare of all students and is fully committed to safeguarding and to fulfilling its obligations under the Prevent Duty. The college expects all staff to share these commitments.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required with regard to the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th July 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: By 5pm Wednesday 24th July
Interview: Friday 2nd August

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