Chair of the Board and External Governors | Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Job Title: Chair of the Board and External Governors | Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brighton
Salary: Voluntary with reasonable expenses
Reference: GBMET
Contact Name: Liz Holderness
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 15, 2020 10:28

Job Description

About the role

The Board of Governors is the governing body of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (GB MET). It is responsible for setting the College’s mission and strategy and ensuring that its resources are used efficiently and effectively.

The Governors uphold the highest standards of conduct, in accordance with the Nolan Principles of Public Life. The Board is committed to openness and accountability and the minutes of the Board and committee meetings are available on the College website.

The Board has a maximum of 10 governors with seven external governors, a staff governor, a student governor and the CEO. External Governors bring a range of experience and knowledge from the business, public and voluntary sectors as well as local schools and community groups. The full Board meets every month (apart from August).

There are two committees; the Audit Committee meets termly and is made up of five members – with three governors and two co-opted members. The Remuneration Committee has three members. Special committees are established as required.

The term of office is three years (subject to annual review) with the potential to serve up to three terms.

The time commitment is based around monthly board meetings (except August) which start at 16:30pm, two strategic away days in Autumn and Spring and an annual strategic review day in June each year. In addition, the Chair and Governors will be expected to get involved with the College. To be visible and engage with staff and student and attend events both internally and externally to represent the College.

It is estimated that the Chair will be required to commit to two-three days per month and the Governors one day per month.

Who we’re looking for

As several Board Members are approaching the end of their terms of office, GB MET now needs a new Chair and three External Governors to join the board in March 2020.

They need a Board that is fully engaged and committed and will provide the necessary support and advice to the Executive Team to enable the College to develop and grow. They also need people who share their values, who care about the region and be passionate about the socio-economic impact the College creates in the community.

For the Chair, they need an experienced strategic leader with strong chairing experience who will be deeply committed to improving opportunities for students through education and training.

They require three outstanding Governors who bring strategic and commercial experience in the areas of finance, accountancy, business development or commercial partnerships. One of these Governors will need to be a qualified strategic finance professional to Chair the Audit Committee.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners’ website:

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

Liz Holderness | 07872 031079 |

Drew Richardson-Walsh | 07739 364 033 |

Chair closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd February 2020

Governors closing date: 9am, Monday 24th February 2020