Chair of the Corporation | Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc)

Job Title: Chair of the Corporation | Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses
Reference: NewVIc
Contact Name: Dr Sophie Carney
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 27, 2020 13:04

Job Description

About the role

The role and responsibilities of the Chair of the Corporation (the College’s governing body) for NewVIc are set out in detail in the Articles of Governance.

As Chair you will be responsible for leading and directing the Board to fulfil its key duties, including setting and communicating the College’s educational character, strategy and goals, supporting executive leaders and holding them to account for the educational performance and quality of the college, overseeing performance management of the executive team, and exercising effective control to ensure that funds and assets are protected and legal obligations are met.

As Chair you will be expected to provide both support and challenge as a critical friend of the organisation ensuring the effective functioning of the Board by keeping its focus on its core functions and setting high expectations for high standards of governance. You will build and maintain strong relationships with the Clerk, Principal & CEO, and the executive team to ensure effective oversight of the College’s mission, strategy, finance and governance.

The term of office is four years and the time commitment will be around two-three days per month. Currently the Board meets four-six times per year and you will be expected to attend committee meetings as necessary. As the line manager of both the Principal & CEO and Clerk, you will be expected to have regular meetings and discussions with both.

Who we're looking for

With a naturally strategic mind and a firm understanding of non-executive leadership, we are seeking a strong and empathetic leader who can offer and enable others to provide the right level of critical support and challenge at board and committee level. Recognising you may not have direct experience of the further education sector, you will have experience of operating at a senior level within a business or education environment, with expertise in either finance, strategy, estates or capital projects. With a passion and commitment to the values and mission of NewVIc, the next Chair will lead the Board and support the development of a diverse and skilled Board of Governors.

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 will 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 support.

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.

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