Volunteering

Chair of Governors at York College

Location: York

Date Posted: 23/12/2019

Closing Date: 10/02/2020

About the role

Delivering a truly outstanding experience for students, York College is recognised as a national leader of further education. In a climate of financial challenge, which is affecting most parts of the FE college sector, York College has remained resilient and thrived. The College’s performance is excellent with a 100% A-Level pass rate and a 95% pass rate for GCSE English and Maths, demonstrating excellent teaching and learning across a full spectrum of curriculum delivery.

As Chair of Governors at York College, you will need to work collaboratively with an expert Board of Governors, the Director of Governance and an experienced further education CEO & Principal, Lee Probert, who has been in post since June 2019. Part of your initial work is likely to be focused on understanding the College, its ambitions and strategic opportunities. The Board are currently working with the CEO & Principal to define a new, long-term strategy and so your role will be to critical in ensuring the College embeds the new plan across the organisation and the Board play an active role it its continuous review.

Who we’re looking for

With a naturally strategic mind, experience of operating at a very senior level within a large and complex business environment, and a passion and commitment to lifelong learning, the next Chair of Governors will lead an expert team of non-executive board members.

Whilst recognising your experience might not have been gained in the further education sector, it is desirable that you understand the role of further education and its impact on economic and skills improvement. York College provides life changing opportunities to people of all ages; it’s vital the Chair of Governors recognises this and is willing and able to champion the work of the College in the role of ambassador.

Your style should be inclusive and collaborative, to enable and foster discussion and debate around the Board. With experience of operating at board-level, you’ll recognise the difference between executive and non-executive decision making and lead the appraisal of plans put forward by the CEO & Principal and his team with the required level of challenge and respect.

With the FE sector expected to continue to change and adapt in response to Government policy, the Chair of Governors will need to be decisive; recognising when to act independently and when to draw on the expertise around the Board of Governors.

If you can commit yourself fully to the mission of York College, and feel you have the desirable skills and experience to lead its Board of Governors, we hope to hear from you.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners’ website via the application method on this site.

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 10th February 2020

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