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Governor Myerscough College

Join the Board of the Myerscough College, inspiring excellence in a supportive, enriching, ambitious and nurturing environment, where we transform students’ lives and our community through first class education, training and support.

  • Location: Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

Myerscough College

Myerscough College, Inspiring Excellence

Founded in 1894 as the Lancashire County Institute of Agriculture, Myerscough College is one of the oldest further education colleges in Lancashire.

Myerscough is a specialist land-based, science, engineering and sports college with over 97% of the curriculum serving these specialist areas. Our strategic intent is to meet the skills needs of the land-based, science, engineering and sports industries in Lancashire, the North West region and nationally.

The main centre is in Bilsborrow, Preston with a curriculum offered from Entry level to Masters in land-based, science, engineering and sports education. This centre offers residential accommodation for both 16-18 and 19+ students to support regional and national recruitment of students to meet specialist skills needs, particularly in land-based and engineering areas.

The next largest campus is in Croxteth Park in Liverpool where Myerscough College is the only land-based provider in the city, thereby meeting the land-based skills needs of the Liverpool Combined Authority and supporting the Visitor Economy, a key economic driver for the area.

Additionally, The College has campuses offering Animal Studies, Horticulture and Foundation Learning in Walton Hall, Warrington and Witton Park in Blackburn.

The Liverpool, Blackburn and Warrington centres all aim to widen participation and access to land-based education in deprived communities working with the Liverpool Combined Authority, and the local authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Warrington.

We have a specialist Cricket Academy established within the grounds of Lancashire Cricket Club, in response to their request to develop county youth cricket in partnership with them.

The College began working in Partnership with Furness College in 2020/21 to deliver Animal Studies provision and, in September 2021, the College began a partnership with Ullswater Community College for the delivery of the land-based curriculum for Further Education and Skills across Cumbria.

Myerscough College has stepped into delivery in Cumbria in response to the county’s request for support following the closure of the only specialist land-based provision in the county at Newton Rigg College.

The specialist nature of provision at Myerscough means the recruitment pattern is wide and extensive and designed to meet land-based, science, engineering and sports national requirements, as well as more localised skills shortages. The College consistently recruits students from a wide geographical area (typically 36 out of the 39 Local Enterprise Partnership areas nationally) and offers national provision in its apprenticeship delivery.

Our vision is to:

  • Be the leading college in the land-based, science, engineering and sports sectors
  • Be the natural choice for students, staff and employers
  • Provide a highly skilled, creative and technical workforce
  • Deliver excellent outcomes through inspirational and inclusive learning and services
  • Build sustainability into all we do

Our values are:

Learning: Our delivery will be high quality and innovative with students at the heart of decision-making.

People: We will enable staff and students to fulfil their potential whilst promoting resilience, leadership, accountability and teamwork.

Sustainability: We will provide a happy, healthy, safe, supportive and sustainable environment in which to live, work and study.

FREDIE: Fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion, engagement in all we do.

Peridot Partners and Myerscough College 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 candidate 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:

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

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About the role of Governor

As a collective group of independent members, our Board is responsible for the quality of service the College offers to students and the local community, as well as for approving and monitoring the College’s annual budget. Our committed and experienced Board is comprised of people who bring a range of career backgrounds, and specialist industry and sector knowledge.

We ask that new Governors become members of both the Board and at least one other committee, depending on their specialist knowledge and interests. In addition to attending scheduled meetings throughout the year, we encourage Governors to experience the College by linking them with senior managers and different departments, providing opportunities for them to visit the campuses and meet and speak with students, apprentices, and staff.

The Governors’ central role is to set the strategic direction of the College and to monitor progress in achieving the strategic objectives.

Governors will also uphold and follow the Nolan Principles of public life:

The following is an extract from the Second Report of the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, May 1996 and added to by the Corporation on 20 July 2010.

Selflessness – Holders of public office should make decisions solely in terms of the public interest.  They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Honesty & Integrity – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. Furthermore, holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties. Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take.  They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Respect for others – Holders of public office should promote equality by not discriminating unlawfully against any person and by treating people with respect regardless of their race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. They should respect the impartiality and integrity of the management of the College and its other employees.

Personal judgement – Holders of public office may take account of the views of others, but should reach their own conclusions on the issue before them and act in accordance with those conclusions.

Stewardship – Holders of public office should do whatever they are able to do to ensure that the College use their resources prudently and in accordance with the law.

Duty to uphold the law – Holders of public office should uphold the law and, on all occasions, act in accordance with the trust that the public is entitled to place in them.

Responsibilities of individual governors

As a Governor you will be required to:

  • attend meetings of the Corporation and other occasional events arranged by the College.
  • be a member of at least one committee of the Corporation and to attend the necessary meetings.
  • participate actively and constructively in meetings of the Corporation and the appropriate committees.
  • take an active interest in education in general and in the College in particular.
  • abide by the Code of Conduct for governors as approved by the Corporation and to declare any relevant financial, business and personal interests in accordance with the Register of Interests approved by the Corporation.
  • contribute to the strength of the Corporation by bringing an external perspective and experience to its oversight of the College but to stop short of giving professional advice and not become involved in the management of the College.
  • act as an ambassador for the College and to foster good relations between the College and its community.
  • always to act in the best interests of the College and not to speak or vote as if mandated by other persons or bodies.

Who we are looking for

The Myerscough College seeks to engage Governors with a passion for education and a drive to build on our continued success for the benefit of its students, people, the local community and employers.

Governor – Finance

We are looking for a qualified chartered accountant or experienced senior leader in finance, with the ability to interpret, question and scrutinise statistical and financial information, who can constructively challenge and as part of the Board, hold the executive team to account, whilst providing support and advice.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful Governing Board and make a genuine impact on the future success of Myerscough College and its students. You will support the development and influence the direction of the College at a time of great momentum as we seek to grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding, meaningful education opportunities for students across the local and wider communities.

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

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

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    Closing date: Monday 29th January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 6th February 2024
    Interviews: Monday 12th February 2024

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