The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 requires every College in the Further Education sector to have a Governing Body.
The Governing Body of a college is there to represent the interests of the local community in particular and public interest in general. It is there to oversee the way the College is run and to make sure it delivers what its community needs, in a way that reflects the highest professional and ethical standards (including the seven principles of public life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty and leadership), and make effective use of the resources it has available. It is accountable for the financial solvency of the College, its sound management and the quality of the service it provides. It is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it and for the proper business management of the commercial activities of the College.
Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the College. Collectively, individual Governors contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the Corporation (and through its committees and working parties) in a non-executive role. A Governor is required to be as flexible as possible in the conduct of their responsibilities and duties, ensuring 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 management of the College.
Would you like to play a key role in helping Lancaster & Morecambe College in its future development? The strategic leadership and oversight of Governors is central to the success of the College. Your role as a Governor would be to help in setting the strategic direction of the College and monitoring its achievement.
The Corporation needs Governors who can bring a variety of skills, experience and knowledge. We are currently seeking new members who are willing to challenge the College and act as a critical friend. We are particularly looking for experience in:
Applicants should be willing to attend Corporation and possibly Committee meetings, as well as keeping up-to-date with the life and work of the College. Governors give a time commitment of approximately 1½ days per month. No formal qualification is necessary, just an enthusiasm to work in a voluntary capacity alongside others, helping to ensure that the College continues to meet the needs of its community.
If you feel that you could contribute to the College’s continuing success, we would like to hear from you. The College is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly those currently under-represented on the Corporation.
Lancaster & Morecambe College is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011 and, as such, has a commitment to provide value and benefit to the community it serves. This is demonstrated through its Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Drivers.
Oona Cushen, Governance Adviser, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Morecambe Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TY.