Independent Governors - City College Plymouth

Independent Governors - City College Plymouth



City College Plymouth is looking to appoint a number of Independent Governors. As a Member of the Governing Body you will make a positive contribution to helping us achieve our mission, engage fully with our strategic decision making processes, and be an important ambassador to the College. If you think your skills and experience could contribute to the College’s continuing success then we would like to hear from you.

We know the most effective governing body is a diverse one that properly represents the multi-faceted nature of our society. We celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion, and welcome candidates from all communities. For this non remunerated role, we will reimburse out of pocket expenses.

How to Apply

To register your interest, please send a covering letter with a CV, or to arrange an informal conversation, please email Liz Wiltshire-Meads at

Please note: Interviews will take place on Thursday 24 October.

The College

Innovative and at the fore of technical and professional education and training, City College Plymouth plays a central role in the educational, cultural and economic life of the region and works with strategic partners to facilitate growth, raise aspirations and foster wealth creation.

With a national reputation for promoting enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the College offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses in a variety of subjects and levels, including basic skills in English and maths, Apprenticeships and university-level provision.

Employer focused with a curriculum to reflect skills and workforce needs, the College has been successful in bids for developments to support key sectors including marine engineering through the Institute of Technology, Maths Centre for Excellence provision (one of only 20 in the country) and completion of the Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM Exciting developments that join the College's existing provision to support businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries.

A vibrant City, the College replicates this through support of businesses with its highly skilled workforce to drive sustainable economic growth. The College works with the City Council to support its ambition of becoming a leading business destination through collaboration and positive and proactive partnerships resulting in first-class training which is relevant to business needs and prepares people for the real work environment.  

Responding with agility and flexibility, the College revels in being a leading force in the City raising aspirations and driving regional economic growth and productivity.

The College is rated ‘Good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted, holds the TEF Gold award for its university-level programmes, and its Apprenticeship provision achieved the top spot for achievement in the South West in the Government’s national achievement rate tables for 2017/18.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body at City College Plymouth is constituted as a further education corporation. The Board is composed of 18 governors who have experience of further and higher education, commercial and public service sectors and a range of professional practices. The Board has ultimate responsibility for decisions which shape College strategy, and for ensuring the proper and effective use of resources. The Board has a structure of five committees to undertake strategic business control and monitoring:

  • Audit Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Performance and Standards Committee
  • Search and Development Committee; and
  • Remuneration Committee.

Governors are recruited taking into account, wherever possible, equality and diversity issues. The Nominations and Governance Committee consider individual’s skills and experience to make certain there is a fit with the mission, vision and objectives of the College. High standards of ethical, personal and corporate conduct are expected from members, in accordance with the Standards in Public Life, commonly referred to as the ‘Nolan’ principles. All governors are encouraged to participate in development and training programmes, briefings, seminars and workshops.

The Role of Governors

Governors have a responsibility to:

  • Take joint responsibility, with other members of the Corporation, for setting and monitoring the strategic framework within which City College Plymouth  operates;
  • Be actively involved in reviewing the strategic direction of City College Plymouth in response to internal and external change;
  • Ensure that all resources, including financial, personnel, property and other assets, are effectively deployed and managed;
  • Through regular quality reports, ensure that City College Plymouth is setting and achieving targets for high quality provision across all areas of delivery
  • Through receiving regular financial reports, ensure that City College Plymouth is solvent and that finances are well managed, including approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • Through the Remuneration Committee, set frameworks for pay and conditions of service for senior post-holders and the Clerk to the Corporation;
  • Foster good relations between City College Plymouth and its community and ensure that City College Plymouth’s aims and objectives are understood;
  • Participate in committees or working groups of the Corporation, as agreed with the Chair and in accordance with your own professional knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • Be willing to undertake additional Governor duties as may be required from time to time by mutual consent;
  • Help to ensure that City College Plymouth, in its procedures, policies and actions, complies with the law;
  • Work with other Governors to ensure that City College Plymouth has due regard to equal opportunities in its operations;
  • Represent City College Plymouth at external meetings, presentations and conferences as requested by the Chair;
  • Play an ambassadorial role on Activate Learning’s behalf.

Governor Person Specification

In order to fulfil its remit, Governing Body will seek to appoint members with a variety of skills and experience from industry and commerce, the professions, and education. Governors are required to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, integrity and behaviour, as outlined in the Code of Conduct, which includes:

  • Demonstrating a strong personal commitment to the values and aims of City College Plymouth;
  • Acting fairly and impartially in the interests of the Corporation and its stakeholders, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate;
  • Observing the Governor Code of Conduct and the seven principles of public life;
  • Committing to make themselves available for meetings of the Committee, relevant induction, training and events organised by the Corporation, and other reasonable time requirements of the role;
  • Demonstrating a high degree of personal integrity;
  • Demonstrating the ability to be decisive, to lead and guide others in decision making processes, and to challenge and engage others in debate;
  • Recognising the distinction between governance and management and acting accordingly.

Time Commitment

Governors are expected to attend as many meetings of the Corporation as possible, which meets at least four times per year, usually in the afternoon/evening on a Monday. Governors are also encouraged to take on additional responsibilities, as members of Committees and Working Groups of the Corporation and as Link Governors. Governors are also expected to occasionally attend development events, away days (including the annual Governors’ Away Day) and City College Plymouth events, by agreement with the Chair of the Committee or the Clerk to the Corporation. Per annum this amounts to a minimum of approximately 9 hours preparation and meeting time, per month.


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