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Vice Chair of the Board & Governors Shipley College

Shipley College is looking to appoint two new members to their Board, including a new Vice Chair, who can join them in their journey to build on their 150 year legacy of delivering high quality further education and training to Shipley and the wider borough of Bradford.

  • Location: Shipley, West Yorkshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About Shipley College

Steeped in a history dating as far back as 1868, Shipley College has a legacy of providing high-quality further education and training provision, serving the diverse communities of Shipley and the wider metropolitan borough of Bradford with a mission to provide the highest quality, inspirational education and training that meets and exceeds the ambitions of individuals, businesses and communities.

Based on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, a village built for mill workers by Titus Salt in the late 1800s, our local area is popular with tourists from around the world. We may be biased but given our setting and the unique set of buildings in which we are based, we believe that our college is perhaps the most beautiful college in the country.

Over the years, we have provided a huge range of courses for people to explore their passions and make strides in their careers. When learners join our college, they become part of our expansive history. In many cases, we have trained and educated a number of generations within the same family, and it is this familiarity and sense of belonging, developed through our warm and supporting culture, which makes us a provider of choice locally.

At present, we have around 900 full-time learners enrolled at the College with a diverse student body and we are proud of the ways in which we celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of our student body through an inclusive and welcoming curriculum.

“There’s a real attraction to the College, locally. It is a really remarkable place. We are based on a world heritage site; set within a beautiful, historic building. The College has a character all of its own. Our setting alone is something that attracts people from the local community. When you visit, you just want to come back.”

Diana Bird, Principal & CEO

About the role

We deliver high quality, high value, technical post-16 education and training with the majority or our learners enrolling on study programmes in subjects such as health & social care, childcare, IT, digital and finance. We were an early adopter of T levels and are currently delivering the fourth wave of these courses this year. We also have a relatively large number of learners with SEND – around 20% of learners – we are proud of the quality of support we provide to these students, through foundation learning programmes, taking vital steps towards happy and independent lives. We also offer a range of part-time courses for adult learners. As a college, we were rated as Good by Ofsted in 2020.


“The reward of putting skills and knowledge into this organisation is wonderful. The College is very conscious about what it does, always with a view on improving opportunities for the next generation. Being a Governor is a role to really give back, to bring your skills to a place where you can benefit so many people with a diverse range of backgrounds, abilities and needs.”

John Egan, Chair of the Board


We are privileged to have fully equipped classrooms, course-specific areas such as greenhouses, a fitness centre and a mock aircraft cabin and we also have a wide range of clubs, activities and opportunities which give our learners a well-rounded college experience enabling them to develop additional, valuable skills life and work-ready skills.

Peridot Partners and Shipley 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:

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


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Role Description

We are one of the smallest colleges in the country, yet we have very big ambitions for our future. As we come to the end of the current strategic plan in 2024, our attention will soon turn to the collaborative development of a new plan that will take us towards 2030.

To help support our Principal & CEO, Diana Bird, and her senior leadership team with these long-term aspirations, we now seek to appoint two new members to our Board, one of whom we also plan to invite to become our new Vice Chair.

Our board is made up of a diverse and welcoming group of individuals from across the local area, as well as staff and learners who each offer their own useful perspectives in support of the development and growth of our college.

With new board vacancies emerging due to the implementation of our board succession plan as our incumbent Chair, John Egan, comes to the end of his term of office following a period of dedicated service, we now seek to appoint two new governors to our board with the relevant expertise and experience highlighted below.


Finance and board expertise

Firstly, we seek to appoint an experienced and qualified finance professional who will be able to use their expertise to ensure that we are asking ourselves the right questions in relation to our finances, funding and investment, especially given our ongoing plans relating to capital projects and the building of a new community-focused learning space to launch in 2025.

The ideal candidate for this role will bring a successful and senior track record from their professional career and will be able to offer strategic support, guidance and scrutiny as we seek to ensure continued financial stability in the years ahead.

Applicants for this role will also need to have previous board experience and the time to commit to our college as we hope to appoint the successful candidate as the new Vice Chair of the Board.

For this role, we will especially welcome candidates with a background in the public sector such as the NHS and education settings, large local employers and those working in the digital and IT sectors.

As a governor and Vice Chair, we expect that the successful candidate will need to be able to commit to attending onsite board meetings and finance committee meetings at the College. The current Vice Chair dedicates around 15 hours per month to their role, but this will change from month to month based on the academic and meeting calendar, attendance at other ad-hoc events at college throughout the year and the ad-hoc need to offer additional support to other Board members and the college’s senior leadership team.

Audit expertise

In addition, we seek to appoint a second governor to join our board as well as our audit committee. The successful candidate will be an experienced audit professional who has knowledge of audit process, risk management and governance procedures. For this role, we especially welcome applications from those in a corporate or commercial setting, particularly in relation to those businesses and employers local to our college.

You will need to be able to commit to attending onsite board meetings at the College as well as on online audit committee meetings. Current Governors dedicate around 10 hours per month to their role, along with attendance at other ad-hoc events at college throughout the academic year.

We are fortunate to be supported by a dedicated Board. Each member truly believes in the power of our college and is aligned to the values which we seek to live each day. It will be vital that candidates for these roles share in these organisational values too:

  • Inspirational culture of collaboration and partnership
  • Aspiration, professionalism and achievement
  • Responsiveness
  • Equality and respect

We hope to engage with people with the appropriate skills and experience from across the local region, particularly those who are able to offer real scrutiny of our performance and the related data and from those who are especially interested in supporting and developing opportunities for learners in the communities local to our college.

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

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


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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 19th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 22nd February 2024
    Virtual Interviews:
    Wednesday 29th February 2024

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