Chair of the Board | Croydon College

Job Title: Chair of the Board | Croydon College
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Croydon
Salary: Unremunerated
Reference: CroydonColl
Contact Name: Dr Sophie Carney
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 27, 2020 16:23

Job Description

About the role

Following the merger, Croydon College is now one college working across two well-established sites. Both Croydon College and Coulsdon Sixth Form College have established their own unique identities but now, as one college, they can share best practice across the curriculum areas and students have the opportunity to benefit from the facilities and teaching across both sites. Croydon College is now in an excellent position to be the main provider of qualifications and skills training across the Borough. To strengthen its links within the community and with local employers to develop their offer to students and diversify progression routes for their 7,000 students.

After a lengthy term successfully leading the Board and College, which included leading them through a period of financial challenge and the recent merger, the current Chair is planning to step down formally by the end of this calendar year. The Board of Governors are therefore seeking the appointment of a new Chair to lead the Board of Governors and work closely with the Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Caireen Mitchell, the Executive Team and Director of Governance in its next steps.

The Chair will ensure that the Board fulfils its legal responsibilities and oversees the delivery of the College’s new five-year strategy, as well as ensuring that the College continues to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

The time commitment is 2-3 days per month, with attendance at five board meetings per year and committee meetings as required.

Who we're looking for

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

Whilst recognising your experience might not have been gained in the further education sector, you should understand and appreciate the role of further education and its impact on economic and skills improvement. Croydon College provides life changing opportunities to people of all ages; it is vital that the Chair recognises this and is willing and able to champion the work of the college in the role of ambassador across the sector, the local community and wider stakeholder communities.

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

With the further education sector expected to continue to change and adapt in response to Government policy, the Chair will need to be decisive; recognising when to act independently and when to draw on the expertise around the Board, the executive team and peers within the sector.

For further information about the role and to apply, please visit the job page:

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sophie Carney | | 07399 528 307

Drew Richardson-Walsh | | 07739 364 033

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 7th September 2020