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Governors – West Nottinghamshire College

West Nottinghamshire College

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We're interested in engaging enthusiastic, qualified people with substantial leadership experience in education (curriculum and quality), and finance and/or audit.

  • Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Salary: Unremunerated
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About this role

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The Corporation Board is the College Group’s governing body and meets monthly to consider strategic developments and monitor college and management performance. It is made up of people drawn from local businesses, public bodies, community groups, educational establishments, staff and student representatives and the Principal & CEO. The board work closely with the college leadership team to oversee its management and set its future direction. The Group’s subsidiary companies have their own boards which meet on a regular basis.

The board is responsible for the quality of service that the college offers to learners and the local community, as well as the financial health and strategic direction of the college. They are also responsible for the employment practices of the college and for setting the organisational vision, mission and strategy.

Who we're looking for

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West Nottinghamshire College Group is seeking to strengthen its governing body with an injection of new talent and is calling for people with the desire to make a difference to the lives of thousands of students. Candidates are sought with experience of leadership in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Curriculum & Quality

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

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

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Dear Candidate,

Sean Lyons, Chair of the Corporation Board, West Nottinghamshire College - FE recruitment

Having recently joined the college, I have been really impressed with the commitment of staff at every level in addressing the recent difficulty that the college has faced. The college’s position has been well publicised, and it is certainly the case that there are opportunities, for the right candidates, to help re-shape the organisation and secure its future in the heart of the community we serve.

We have been working hard on plans for the future and, with support now agreed with external stakeholders, the college has a stronger platform upon which to move forward, although many challenges remain to be met.

Having reviewed our board composition, we are looking to strengthen our board in order to meet these challenges.

Over the last few months, the board membership has been significantly refreshed, and we are now well placed to steer the direction of the college and to give the appropriate level of support, challenge and scrutiny to the organisation.

We are a very open, friendly and welcoming organisation with a staff body that demonstrates a deep commitment to learners every day. Our learners benefit from a caring and nurturing environment, and our academic achievement is strong, but we need to improve everywhere in order to become an organisation that is outstanding in every respect.

The board needs the right balance of knowledge and skills to be able to guide the college towards its goals, and in particular, we are looking for two governors who have strong credentials in the Finance and Curriculum and Quality areas, and who have the time to devote to supporting the college .

We have appointed Peridot Partners as our professional advisers on this appointment and we recommend that interested parties have an initial discussion with their team by contacting Drew Richardson-Walsh or Sarah Szulczewski.

If you think you have the necessary attributes and feel that you are the right person to help lead West Nottinghamshire College into the future, we look forward to receiving your application.

With best wishes,

Sean Lyons
Chair of the Corporation

West Nottinghamshire College has provided education and training to over 26,000 full and part-time students across all major industry sectors from pre-GCSE to university levels each year

The provision includes employer driven and community led courses, making the courses available fully inclusive and relevant to the whole of the local area and beyond.

Its on-campus provision primarily serves the needs of Mansfield, Ashfield and clusters of smaller towns and villages across the borders between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  It also has a more-recent history model of employer-related and apprenticeship training delivery to some of the largest employers in the country.

The college always works hard to exceed its targets, despite operating within a community of relatively low aspirations and commitment to education. Participation levels and improved achievement rates across all groups of learners is key to economic and social regeneration.

In February 2017, the college retained its ‘good’ rating by Ofsted with inspectors highlighting its role in the area’s cultural and economic regeneration and high standard of vocational training facilities which help students develop the skills for employment.

In October 2016, the college completed a £50m investment to create state-of-the-art facilities for learning. This included the creation of a £6.5m University Centre to improve access to higher education locally and plug the area’s skills gap and productivity shortages.

The college owns a number of subsidiary companies. The oldest and most successful being bksb which provides online assessment tools and resources to help improve English and maths. bksb provides their innovative software solution to a high proportion of the colleges and educational providers within the sector and in addition to over 2,000 companies world-wide.

Vision Business Support Services Ltd (VBSS) is the latest edition to the college’s group of business and was established to provide high-quality support services to all aspects of the organisation. VBSS is a subsidiary company of West Nottinghamshire College and provides an important service and plays a pivotal part in the success of the college and creating an exceptional learner experience.

The college’s ethos is to embrace and encourage all those who are driven to better themselves, achieve their goals and reach new heights

West Nottinghamshire College also operates a number of commercial businesses that are open to the public and the wider community:

  • ‘refined’ – dining restaurant
  • ‘revive – hair & beauty spa
  • ‘create’ – theatre

The college’s ethos is to embrace and encourage all those who are driven to better themselves, achieve their goals and reach new heights. Outstanding resources combined with exceptional tutors and student support means that whatever the ambition of a student, the college can help to achieve it.

In the ever-changing landscape of education, the college is facing strategic challenges due to recent changes to funding policy affecting a large number of colleges across the country and is currently under scrutiny from the FE Commissioner due to the financial challenges the college is currently encountering. The college has a history of successfully overcoming challenges and managing its finances well, though following FE Commissioner and Education Skills Funding Agency intervention and support, organisational change has taken place and will continue for the foreseeable future.

With the recent challenges, they are embracing opportunities to review systems and processes and currently working on new strategies and plans to overcome these hurdles and sustain their position in the sector and the local community with the help of the newly appointed Principal/CEO and Finance Director.

The board has also appointed a new Chair of the Corporation and there have been significant changes in the members of the board over the last six months. These changes have had a substantial impact on the leadership of the college and most importantly have supported the organisations journey in bringing the college back to where it needs to be for the staff, the students and the community.

Read more about West Nottinghamshire College:

West Nottinghamshire College website
The Corporation Board
Meeting Schedule for 2019/20 

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033
Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

To apply: 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 ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Governor, West Nottinghamshire College” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 8th July 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Monday 15th July
Interviews: Monday 22nd July

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