Governor Recruitment

Become a Governor at East Coast College

Governors make a difference and we are looking for volunteers to work with us who can use their skills and experience to help the College grow and flourish. Previous board experience is not required.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the college. Lowestoft College and Great Yarmouth College merged to become East Coast College in August 2017 and Lowestoft Sixth Form College joined us in August 2018. And we were awarded Ofsted ‘Good’ in 2020.

As the country seeks to get back to growth, further education is widely recognised as having a major part to play in developing skills and helping people of all ages to secure useful well paid employment. FE colleges depend upon people with a wide range of skills and diverse backgrounds to give their time to join their governing bodies and I would encourage anyone that may be interested to contact our Director of Governance to discuss the role.

– Rob Evans, Board Chair

We are looking for those with a varying skills base including finance/audit, HR, higher education, law, estates, community involvement, links to our key industries and those with safeguarding experience.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Wendy Stanger for an informal chat or email your CV and covering letter setting out reasons for application to w.stanger@eastcoast.ac.uk.

What is a Governor?

The Education and Training Foundation has commissioned a short film explaining the benefits of being a Governor

Governor Role Description

Collectively, individual governors contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the Corporation (and its committees) in a non-executive role.

Comply with the Instrument and Articles of Government, Standing Orders and Code of Conduct and any other related governance policies and procedures.

Contribute to the business of the Governing Body in an effective, efficient, open and transparent manner; Represent and act in the best interests of the College at all times.

Abide by collective responsibility, no governor has the authority to speak or act on the College’s behalf unless specifically delegated to do so

Abide by the Nolan seven principles of public life.

To be a member of at least one Committee of the Corporation.

To be prepared to serve as the link governor for key cross-college areas, e.g. Health and Safety, safeguarding, equality and diversity.

To be prepared to engage with college staff and students through their consultative ‘voice’ forums.

To undertake training and development activities organized by both the College and external bodies, including Governor Away Days.

To participate in the life of the College by attendance at daytime and evening events such as concerts and shows, open evenings and achievement celebrations.

To take responsibility for background reading and research to keep abreast of policy and governance issues in the Further and Higher Education sector.

Time Commitment

To attend Corporation and Committee meetings, governor training, induction and other events as required and this will equate to a commitment of around 1 day a month.

Term of Office

A period of between 1 and 4 years; dependent on the needs of the Corporation at appointment, which may be renewed at its completion.

If you would like to join our governing body and be part of making a positive difference to local people’s life’s please send you CV and covering letter setting out your reasons for applying to Director of Governance Wendy Stanger on w.stanger@eastcoast.ac.uk

Instrument & articles

Standing orders

Minutes

Corporation & Governors

Management

College literature including Strategic Plan