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West London College Governor (Teaching and Learning) and Governor (Chair of Audit Committee)

Join the board of West London College as a governor with teaching and learning as your career specialism, or as their next Chair of Audit Committee. In both roles, you will support the continued development of education, training and organisational improvement for a college serving diverse communities across West London.

  • Location: Hammersmith, Ealing, Southall and Park Royal
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About West London College

West London College is a Further Education College with four centres located in Ealing, Hammersmith, Southall and Park Royal. For over 140 years, we have been providing training and development in the area, helping over 10,000 students achieve their career goals each year.

At the last inspection, we were graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted and our internal self-assessment continues to report a continued improvement in the quality of teaching, learning, and assessment. Courses are offered in most subject sector areas, with the significant majority being those up to, and including level two. Many of our student enrolments are for adult learners, mostly studying part-time with the college. Of the students who are studying predominately on 16-19 full-time programmes, these are mostly in vocational areas.

Having worked hard incredibly hard to lead a complete turnaround, which saw the appointment of a new Chair, refreshed board and the recruitment of new executive leaders, West London College is in a far stronger position to achieve our vision of being the leading college in West London for technical and vocational education and skills training. Like many other large general FE colleges, we face many strategic challenges; around the recruitment of specialist technical staff, pay and reward, and driving up the quality of our provision.

We are very proud to boast excellent partnerships with industry across the West London area, and exceptional opportunities for our high-needs learners and those who are studying on our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes. Whilst we are a large college, we are also a community college with our West London community at the very centre of our curriculum and service delivery.

We are on a journey of improvement and have made significant strides towards our overall ambitions. With significantly improved financial health, our £33m turnover college already benefits from having a skilled senior leadership team, and a variety of talented leaders on the Board, who each bring subject matter and sector specialisms.

We now look to appoint two new governors:

Teaching and Learning Specialist Governor

We welcome candidates with a track record in improving progress and outcomes for students and young people. This person does not necessarily need to have a wealth of experience gained from within the FE sector, though knowledge of post-16 education and training may be helpful.

We also very much welcome people with experience in leading secondary education, who bring a depth of knowledge about teaching and learning pedagogy, as well as an appreciation of how data and insights can be used to monitor student progress in order to improve outcomes. It would be helpful if the person appointed had some exposure of reporting to a governing body, or having been a member of one.

Chair of Audit Committee

In addition to joining the main board as governor, we are also looking to recruit an experienced financial accounting and audit professional, with the required skills to lead our audit committee as its chair. You should have a broad understanding of the role of an audit committee and the function of both internal and external audit.

We welcome your experience gained from within either the public or private sector, though feel it is essential you have experience of being part of a non-executive body, or having reported to one in a senior leadership role.


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

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

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Role description

Teaching and Learning Specialist Governor

As a governor with a great deal of teaching and learning experience, gained from a leadership role within a secondary education or post-16 setting, you will support the development of and scrutinise the plans and strategies put forward to our Curriculum, Quality and Performance Committee – working closely with the committee members and our Deputy Principal who leads all aspects of curriculum innovation, quality assurance and improvement, and student experience.

Chair of Audit Committee

As Chair of Audit Committee and a governor with a professional qualification in audit and/or accountancy, you will support the continued improvement of college culture through applying your expertise and professional knowledge to discussions and decision-making at the board and its committees, namely the audit committee of which you will be the chair.

Governors act in line with the Nolan Principles and with collective responsibility to contribute to the educational character, academic direction, strategic planning and mission of the college, as well as have oversight of its business, financial health, risk and reputation.

Both governors will be required to attend six Board meetings a year. The Chair of Audit will lead the planning and delivery of the audit committee, working with the Director of Governance and chair of the Board to plan the annual activity of committee business, whilst the Governor with Teaching and Learning experience will contribute to the discussions and decisions made at the Curriculum, Quality and Performance Committee.

We hope both appointees can be available outside of scheduled meetings for any other business, including strategic planning sessions as well as college events. The term of office is four years.

We are proud of our diverse leadership, management and governance at West London College, and we only ever aim to improve this further. As such, candidates who are women and those from ethnic minority communities are actively encouraged to apply for this opportunity.


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

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

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