Governor (Finance)

Job Title: Governor (Finance)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0
Reference: UCG Gov
Contact Name: Zoe Lawrence
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 22, 2020 10:46

Job Description



United Colleges Group is looking for a Corporation Member to join the Finance and General Purposes Committee to be part of this innovative and exciting period of development. The United Colleges Group, formed by the merger of City of Westminster College and College of North West London in August 2017, is based at the heart of the education sector in London.  The College’s aims are to build on a common purpose to provide high-quality post-16 and adult education and training.  The focus is on delivery to raise the educational attainment for young people and the skill levels of adults, working in partnership with schools, colleges, universities, borough councils and employers to secure benefits for the local communities.

The College has a turnover in the region of £50m, and is about to embark on a significant period of property redevelopment to transform the college estates across North West London to attract the students of the future and provide the best learning environments for generations to come.  As a Corporation Member you will be closely involved in the College’s development and have direct influence on its strategic direction and overall outcome. The ideal candidate will be a qualified chartered accountant, with experience of operating at a senior and stratigic level in large complex organisations.  Experience of working at board level, and knowledge of FE or wider education sector would be an advantage. 

Although this is an unpaid role, your rewards come in the form of being an intrinsic part of the strategic thinking and decision-making, which will deliver life-changing opportunities for our young people and adults to enable them to make a significant contribution to the world of work and society. 

The time commitment is approximately equivalent to one day per month. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Corporation’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, and would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact the Director of Governance, Zoë Lawrence, in the first instance.   Further information including the role description and person specification are included below.

Applicants should provide a copy of their CV with a covering letter setting out why they are interested in the role and what attributes they feel they can bring to it.  United Colleges Group is an Equal Opportunities employer.  All governors are expected to complete an enhanced DBS check on appointment.

Role Description for Corporation Member

Collectively, individual governors contribute their professional and general skills and knowledge to the Corporation in a non-executive role to:

  • determine the educational character and mission of the College

  • oversee its activities

  • make effective and efficient use of the resources and safeguard their assets

  • ensure the financial health of the College Group and approve the annual estimate of income and expenditure

  • oversee the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay and conditions of service of senior post holders

  • set the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

  • comply with the Corporation’s Code of Conduct

  • serve on appropriate Corporation committees, or other committees established as required by the Corporation for projects or other purposes

  • assist in the formulation and monitoring of the College Group’s 3 year strategic plan which provides the framework for the management of the College

  • assist in the annual self-assessment review of governance

  • attend appropriate governor training days as required

Corporation members have collective responsibility for the above but no member has the authority to speak or act on the Board’s behalf unless specifically authorised to. Members must be free at all times to speak and act in what they believe to be the best interest of the College.  They cannot be mandated by any group to express views which are not held by them personally.

Members are required to ensure that the balance of ‘oversight’ of the College and its business is seen as a positive contribution that does not interfere with the day to day operation and management of the College.

As a public body, Corporation Members are required to sign an annual declaration of their interests, financial or otherwise, and to supply details of any gifts or hospitality which they may have received in connection with their Membership.

Governor - Person Specification

We are looking for candidates with the following skills, attributes, experience and expertise:


  • Effective communication
  • The ability to absorb and analyse information

  • Strategic awareness

  • Objectivity and impartiality

  • Decision making

  • Team work


  • Commitment to and an interest in Education and Training

  • A willingness to contribute to public service

  • Time and energy to understand and perform the role

  • Access to contacts likely to assist the College in its interface with the local community and local businesses.

  • Ability to contribute positively to the Corporation and its committees


    Members may have experience or expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Education Policy or Practice

  • Pastoral support or safeguarding

  • Financial accounting and management

  • Audit

  • Legal / Human Resources

  • Strategic Planning

  • Quality and Standards

  • Property and Asset Management

  • Information Technology

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