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Head of Governance & Corporate Affairs | Barnet & Southgate College

Lead developments in governance, policy and reporting and a new team to support key corporate services. The Head of Governance & Corporate Affairs will embed new structures and support staff roles to ensure a close alignment across leadership and governance.

  • Location: North London
  • Salary: £65,000

About the role

The Board of Barnet and Southgate College has undergone significant change over the past 12 months, with Adam Goldstein having been appointed as Chair in May 2020 along with other new Governors. Further change is anticipated as several Governors look to retire from their positions having fulfilled their terms of office by the end of the 2021 summer term.

This is a significant opportunity for an experienced governance and/or policy professional to oversee the success of governance within the College as new Governors and improvements to existing arrangements bed down. You will also support the Chair to ensure the Board continues to remain reflective of the diverse communities served by the College and benefits from relevant and strategic talent.

The Head of Governance & Corporate Affairs is a newly established leadership role and reports to the CEO on a day-to-day basis, but formally to the Chair. The person appointed will take ownership of core services relating to policy scheduling, data protection, complaints and support for the Executive Office and Senior Leadership Team. Through managing a small team, the post-holder will lead improvements to ensure smoother integration and alignment between the decision making and action by the College’s leadership and Board.

Acting as the lead Clerk to the Board, you will service the main board and provide counsel to the Chair, Governors and CEO – delivering a full and comprehensive secretariat support package and advising on constitutional matters, duties and powers within the current legislative framework. Supported by your team, you will develop their skills to become multi-faceted; providing office and administration support for the Executive Leadership Team and Chair, whilst supporting leadership team and committee meetings to enhance the flow-through and tracking of decision making, action and policy updates.

Who we are looking for

Barnet & Southgate College is seeking a successful governance or policy professional with substantial experience as Clerk to the Board and/or Company Secretary, ideally gained from within the education, public or charity sectors. You will be comfortable with appraising management information and reports to lead the quality review of information before it reaches the Board and its committees.

Your style will be approachable and collegiate, though we also require you to influence through diplomacy and tact. You will be working with a range of stakeholders, from the CEO and their Executive Leadership Team through to college managers and volunteer Governors, and so we need you to be comfortable working at this level. Your skills in organisation should be exceptional and you should be able to demonstrate prior experience of team leadership, or a desire to progress in this area to develop a high-performing Executive Office and Corporate Governance team.

Whilst we would ideally like candidates to have experience of supporting a further education governing body, what is more important to us is your ability to quickly grasp the legislative requirements expected of our governing body, and your desire to work in a forward-thinking education provider which enhances the life chances of thousands of people each year.

Further information

For further information about this opportunity and to arrange a confidential chat, please arrange a call with our lead consultant at Peridot Partners by contacting:

Laura Burchett – Education Practice Manager & EA | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021

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London is changing. The Economy is changing. So are we.

Barnet & Southgate College provides education and training to more than 13,000 students, delivering more than 30 subjects across four main campuses. Our college maintains a large and vibrant community that benefits our students in preparing them for progressing into the workplace, onto university and/or further qualifications – ultimately raising aspirations and providing greater opportunities to students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. The diverse environment of our college offers an excellent opportunity to meet a broad range of people across our state-of-the-art campuses in Barnet and Southgate.

The college offers a broad range of full and part time courses in: A Levels, foundation degrees, technical and professional qualifications, vocational training, work skills training, apprenticeships plus education and employment pathways for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Whether students are looking for a course to progress onto university, a specific job or an apprenticeship, we recognise how important it is that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of our local economy and we work closely with strategic partners to adapt the content of courses to ensure it is relevant to employers and university progression.

Our NFL Academy offers a unique programme developed by the NFL and the college to give aspiring young American football players and outstanding athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting prowess alongside an extensive range of full time vocational and academic qualifications, and is the only academy of its kind in the UK.

Employability is at the core of everything we do at Barnet and Southgate College; work placements and industry experience are integral to courses we deliver, and it is this experience that provides our students with the competitive edge when looking for a job or securing a place at university.

The future economy requires a vocationally and technically skilled workforce. At Barnet and Southgate College students are given the opportunity to expand their horizons and align their skills with both the present and emerging labour markets.

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    For further information about this opportunity and to arrange a confidential chat, please arrange a call with our lead consultant at Peridot Partners by contacting:

    Laura Burchett – Education Practice Manager & EA | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

    Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum two 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. Please also complete the Equality Monitoring Survey.

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    Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: 5pm, Thursday 3rd June 2021
    Interviews: Friday 18th June 2021

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