Finance Trustee / Director Woking College

Job Title: Finance Trustee / Director Woking College
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Woking
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: HME 2
Contact Name: Helen Meredith
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 04, 2019 13:30

Job Description

Woking College, a successful Single Academy Trust is seeking a Trustee / Director with proven financial skills to join the Board of this growing Sixth Form College.

Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the Academy Trust with the following core roles:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the College and its students and the performance management of staff ; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The College Board meets 5 times a year.  In addition the successful candidate will be expected to join the combined Finance and Audit Committee which meets at least once a term.  The Board is carrying out a succession planning exercise and is looking to recruit a Trustee / Director to become the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee when the current Chair steps down.

Woking College Mission

Student success results in increased life-choices. Success is our priority.

Our mission is to improve the life chances of our students, allowing them to take the opportunities that are available to them. We aim to enhance our students’ future choices though the provision of a learning environment in which they will maximise their examination success.  These successes should happen within a culture in which the learning of wider knowledge, skills and values is cherished and supported and attention is paid to individual wellbeing - to the benefit of individual students and the societies in which they will live.

Our mission will be achieved if, following effective advice and guidance, all students are enrolled onto the right courses for them as individuals and they then benefit of high quality teaching and assessment. At Woking College stretch, struggle and challenge in learning will be embraced, students will be encouraged to be independent learners with a sense of ownership in their work and progress; this will be supported with a steadfast belief in the ongoing personal development for all members of the College community.

Woking College will remain an inclusive, diverse, open access Sixth Form College with a positive sense of community and strong links to the local area. We want to further enhance the vibrancy of the College and continue to engender an excitement for learning. We will help students to become critical thinkers able to deal with the challenges of an uncertain world in order to nurture next generation of leaders, carers, active citizens.

Woking College sees the quality of learning, teaching and assessment as essential to its mission; becoming recognised in the wider community as a leader in Sixth Form pedagogy is central to the College’s mission.


Person Specification

The competencies required for this role include the following skills in order to help Woking College to maximise its income and the efficient allocation of resources enabling successful learning, teaching and student success.


  • Significant financial experience, whether gained through financial/accountancy roles;
  • Proven financial skills and experience of the finance function of an educational institution, charity , SME or social enterprise;
  • Proven skills in interpreting organisations’ financial figures;
  • Experience in oversight of robust financial systems and safeguards;
  • A passion for and desire to improve the life chances of young people;
  • Awareness of and willingness to adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Life;
  • Excellent communicator who is comfortable working with people of all levels and backgrounds.


  • Legal / compliance experience and knowledge;
  • Corporate governance;
  • Growth management experience;
  • Property / estates management experience.

All Trustees are required to confirm before appointment that they are ‘fit and proper’ persons. They will also be required to work in accordance with Woking College’s Trustees’ Code of Conduct.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Time Commitment

Six hours a month ( minimum ) including reading meeting papers and attending meetings

Length of appointment:   Initially four years, to commence in September 2019, with the possibility of extension for a further period of up to four years.


For more information, or to arrange an informal chat please contact the Clerk to Trustees, Helen Meredith at

Woking College is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all who are interested in this voluntary position.

Key dates

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd May 2019

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