Job Title: Governor
Location: Shrewsbury
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: SCG GOV
Contact Name: Tracy Cottee
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 06, 2021 16:42

Job Description

Shrewsbury Colleges Group has a number of opportunities for volunteers to support its governing body, known as the Board.  The Board is responsible for the strategic management of the College and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.

Board Core Responsibilities
The governing body is made up of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, parents, staff and students and its core responsibilities are -

  • Setting the College’s aims and values
  • Monitoring and evaluating the College’s progress in delivering its Strategic Plan
  • Shaping plans for College improvement and overseeing their implementation
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Principal/CEO and College Senior Leader Team
  • Approving the Budget
  • Appointing senior post holders including the Principal/CEO.

The governing body, which meets four times a year from 5.30 p.m. also splits into a small number of committees, each responsible for one area such as finance or teaching and learning. These committees also meet several times a year from 5.30 p.m.  These committees meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail.  Discussion is then fed back at a full governing body meeting.

What are we looking for?
A diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength.  You don’t need any specific skills or experience to support the Board.   Although professional experience in areas such as accountancy and finance, HR, law, or project management are all useful, communication, problem solving, and an enquiring mind are also greatly appreciated; governors with lived experience can enrich board discussions.

You must be over 18, but you don’t need to be a parent or have experience working in education.  Often, it’s the outside perspective you can bring that the Board needs.

What difference will you make?
Governors provide an external perspective and an ability to challenge assumptions and look for the best solutions.  They bring enthusiasm, experience and expertise from other areas of life and can act together to effectively support the College senior leadership and staff to drive the College forward.

What's in it for the volunteer?
Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local young people.  You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the further education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use.   

Volunteering as either an appointed governor or co-opted committee member is a challenging but rewarding role.  As part of the governing board, you’ll

  • help the College overcome challenges to ensure a bright future for young people in the community
  • work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds, challenging your own perspective and broadening your network
  • gain valuable experience and skills

What support will I have?

You will receive a full Induction into the role, the opportunity to have a mentor to support your development and access to a wide range of training and development materials.  Reasonable expenses (such as travel), will also be paid.

How Do I Apply?

You will need to complete a simple application form and participate in an interview process.  The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the young people under 18 and vulnerable adults.  This post is therefore subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service..


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