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A new opportunity to join our Board of Governors

On 1st February 2019 Barnfield is merging with West Herts, creating a new College and many exciting new opportunities.

As a result we’re expanding our Board of Governors – with members of our local communities invited to consider applying. Use your professional experience to help us grow and develop. Together we can shape the future – for the College and the communities we serve.

To find out more: click here for our College Governor Info Pack.

Welcome to Governance at West Herts College

The ultimate goal of everyone at West Herts College is to help our students gain the skills they need to succeed. Central to this is developing a clear understanding of the opportunities and expectations of employers across our region.

As governors we share this ambition and our role is to agree the educational character and mission of the College and its overall strategic direction. Setting objectives and monitoring results is an extremely important aspect of our responsibilities.

Our primary focus is the learning experience of our students. But it’s also about ensuring the College assets – staff, facilities and finances – are sound and able to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Direct links with employers and community groups are key to our thinking as it’s our job to meet the changing needs of employers and to support community life. Only by understanding local needs can we continue to serve local people and the wider regional economy, where many jobs are changing and new employment sectors rapidly evolving. The work of a governor is worthwhile, enjoyable and, at times, challenging.

Our College governors

Governance at West Herts College is all about diversity of thought and experience. Governors are volunteers, coming from a variety of backgrounds including education, business, law, local government and the not-for-profit sector.

College Principal Gill Worgan, a governor herself, is joined at meetings by directors from the College Leadership Team. We also have student and staff governors on the board.

The main board meetings (known as Corporation Meetings) are held nine times a year. In addition we have specialist committees that meet three times a year to discuss significant College activities, such as audits and search and governance. If there are important agenda items that require more time and thought – for example during capital projects – then specific time will be dedicated to these matters.

Current opportunities

The Corporation is currently looking for a new member to join the Board. We're particularly interested in hearing from individuals with previous experience as a Board member or experience of Capital Projects, who feel that they can contribute to strategic debate and the direction of the College. We are an Outstanding college, active in our communities and always looking to move forward. If you think you would be a good fit to help us achieve our ambitious goals then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Public access to meetings and documents

Members of the general public are welcome to observe our meetings. The Corporation is committed to openness and accountability and will make every effort to meet access requests in accordance with parliamentary acts governing information such as Freedom of Information and Data Protection.

In the interests of openness and accountability, the following public copies of minutes and governance documents are available:

Instrument and Articles of Government

Corporation non-confidential minutes

Audit Committee minutes

Audit Committee annual report

Corporation Membership

Standing Orders

Governors and Delegation of Powers

The advice of the Search and Governance Committee to the Corporation can be found in corporation minutes.

Becoming a governor

Our governors are volunteers and come with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. If you have a passion for education, are able to offer a strategic view and are keen to participate in boardroom discussion – then we’d like to hear from you.

For more information about access to documents and meetings, or if you’re interested in becoming a governor, please contact Ralph Devereux or call on 01476 590879

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