As a member of a governing board, what will my role entail?
The governing board oversees the strategic direction of the college. It appoints senior post holders who are responsible for running the college on a day-to-day basis. The governing board will also:
- ensure the solvency of the college
- safeguard public funds and assets
- approve the annual budget
- determine the college mission
Board members attend meetings, which may take place during the day on in the evening. They read and comment on reports and occasionally visit the college to see first hand the impact of their work. All board members are expected to come to meetings prepared, by reading papers sent in advance, and are expected to contribute to discussion and decision making.
Most boards have a code of conduct, which includes to the Nolan principles, which each board member is expected to sign and abide by.
As a board member you will not be involved with the day-to-day running of the college.
If you agree to chair a committee, you will be supported by a clerk who helps with putting together agendas and papers, and who will minute the meetings.
What is the time commitment?
The average time commitment is 5-8 hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the board. This includes meetings and background reading. Some boards meeting during the day and some meet in the evening, so you will want to clarify during your initial discussion with the college.
Like magistrates or members of a jury, FE board members have a right to reasonable time off of work for their public duties, although this may be unpaid. Your company’s HR department will be able to tell you about its policy.
Each college sets a term of office for its members, normally 3-4 years, and many serve multiple terms. However, you can resign before your term is finished if your circumstances change.
Please note that you cannot serve on an FE board if you have previously been declared bankrupt.
What’s in it for me?
Your involvement and commitment makes a huge difference to the future of young people and adults in your community. Each college educates and trains thousands of individuals each year so on a wider scale your input will have an impact on the future workforce and economy of your region.
Being on a governing board will also give you the opportunity develop skills that have direct relevance to your professional role. These include:
- strategic leadership
- budget control
- data analysis
- staff recruitment
- building relationships and networks
- effective teamworking
- problem solving
Will I need training?
Board members do not need specific training but there is a lot to take in, including new legislation and terminology, so colleges will have an induction programme for members and provide ongoing training to keep members up to date.
I’m interested. What next?
Simply register with us and we’ll do the rest. You will need to upload a CV or a link to your LinkedIn profile and tell us a bit about yourself.
When we find a vacancy that matches your profile and location, we will put you and the college in touch to have an exploratory conversation about the post. If you both decide that it is the right fit, the college will invite you to go through their formal application and induction process.
If it’s not the right fit, for whatever reason, we will keep searching for the right vacancy for you.