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Hopwood Hall College Governors

Join the board of Hopwood Hall College, an award-winning further education college driven by a set of strategic intentions designed to bring opportunity and prosperity to their local communities.

  • Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester – North West
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About Hopwood Hall College

Based across two sites in Rochdale and Middleton, towards the north of Greater Manchester, Hopwood Hall College delivers a broad range of education and training including 16-18 study programmes, adult education, higher education and apprenticeships to over 8,500 students.

Through this diverse curriculum, the college has a strong focus on ensuring that the educational needs of people within the local community are met; the skill needs of local employers are supported, so that people and businesses alike, across the Borough of Rochdale, can prosper.

The college has a reputation across the sector for being a vibrant place which creates a true sense of belonging for its students. But more than this, we are a results-driven provider with high aspirations for our students. Our vision is simple – we want to bring out the best in our students!

“The ambition that our board have for all our students and our staff is stronger than a golden thread. It is the underpinning consideration within every conversation, and the key driving factor in each decision they make.”

Julia Heap, Principal & Chief Executive.

Guided by a set of values shared by the 600 staff who work here, we are halfway through the delivery of the four key strategic intentions highlighted in our strategic plan.

Our strategic Intentions are:

  • Providers of excellent education & skills.
  • Champions of inclusivity.
  • Drivers of economic prosperity.
  • Guardians of the environment.

We have already made very positive progress in relation to each of these intentions. Our recent Ofsted grading of ‘Good’ demonstrated the progress we continue to make in relation to the quality of our provision, a fact underpinned by the continued positive achievement and outcomes experienced by our students.

In relation to inclusivity, we have received plaudits for our work on widening participation whilst also becoming an advisor to the Local Authority on trauma-informed inclusive curriculums, as well as winning an award for our efforts on social inclusion. We have recently won a further award in relation to the ongoing activity across the college, linked to sustainability.

Finally, with a focus on economic prosperity, through the delivery of our high-quality curriculum, we continue to ensure that our provision is actively contributing to the economic growth of the Borough. We continue to work with a range of local employers, ensuring they are active stakeholders in our college community.

“This college is all about making a difference to learners and the community. You see it when you walk around the college. Staff are totally committed. The driver behind governance here is simple – it’s about doing what’s right for our students; giving them opportunities to make the most of their lives.”

Chair, Nazir Afzal OBE

We consider ourselves to be privileged to have such a committed, high-performing governing body made up of individuals who are experts in their respective fields. With ambitions to further improve our quality of provision whilst being more creative and innovative in our approaches, we now seek to add further members to our board to help advise and challenge us to do more for our students and our local communities.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dan Baxter

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Role Description

With growth and development expected across the Borough of Rochdale in the near future, as a college we need to continue to push ourselves further still. However, we need to ensure that we are asking ourselves the right questions, challenging our own processes, and remaining compliant. As such, we now seek to appoint two new governors with audit and higher education experience to our board.


“Our college has something special at its heart. It’s not something you can see, but you can feel it. So many visitors to the college tell us how they feel it too. There’s a tangible excitement and positivity that runs through the College, and from here, out into Rochdale.”

Julia Heap, Principal & Chief Executive.

Firstly, we seek to appoint a new member to our board who would also be invited to join our Audit Committee. We welcome applications from individuals with a range of professional backgrounds. You could be a fully qualified finance professional, or someone with a background in risk management, legal or compliance.

Secondly, we seek a new member who has experience of the higher education sector to join our board, as well our Standards Committee. As the smallest provider of higher education in the local area, we believe that we can do more in this space and so we seek someone with specific experience of strategic planning and operational growth in the sector. Applications from experts in HE planning, quality and curriculum development will also be welcomed.

We ask our board members to be willing to commit to a four-year term of office. Appointed individuals will need to attend a total of 9 meetings per year which includes both full board meetings and committee meetings. We try to ensure that all of our meetings are in person wherever possible. We do however appreciate that many of our governors have busy working lives and so try, where needed, to support virtual attendance in specific circumstances.

We estimate that our governors dedicate around 10 hours per month to their roles.

Whilst previous governance experience is welcomed, it is not essential. All new governors will be supported by our Chair, Nazir Afzal OBE, and our Clerk to Corporation, Fatema Hussein, with a comprehensive induction and training process, and ongoing support thereafter.

Useful Information

We will be happy to share the latest Ofsted report with candidates once published.



For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 28th June 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 4th July 2023
    Virtual Interviews: Wednesday 12th July 2023

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