Chair of the Board of Governors | Barnet & Southgate College

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Governors | Barnet & Southgate College
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Barnet
Salary: Unremunerated
Reference: BSC - Chair
Contact Name: Sarah Szulczewski
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 18, 2020 10:05

Job Description

About the role

As Chair of the Board of Governors at Barnet & Southgate College, you will work collaboratively with an established Board of Governors: Darren Mepham, CEO; Neil Coker, Principal and Deputy Chief Executive; Mark Sellis, Executive Director of Corporate Services and Tracey McIntosh, Executive Director of Partnerships and Commercial, to lead and direct the College into the future.

Part of your initial work is likely to be focused on understanding the College, its ambitions and strategic opportunities. The Board of Governors are currently working with the CEO to define a new, long-term strategy and so your role will be critical in ensuring the College embeds a new strategic plan across the organisation and the Board of Governors play an active role in 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 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. Barnet & Southgate 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 CEO, the Principal 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.

Sarah Szulczewski | | 07841 017043

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

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 30th March 2020