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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.

West Herts College is part of the WHC Group of colleges which includes Barnfield College. West Herts has campuses in Watford and Hemel Hempstead while Barnfield is based in Luton. These three towns sit close to the M1 motorway, in a local economy which is significant for its concentration of employment, diverse communities and connectivity to Central England and London.

Board members represent the College at this group level, shaping the future of WHC Group while having oversight of both West Herts and Barnfield.

Current opportunities

The Corporation always welcomes talking to prospective Board Members. A belief in the power of education to change lives often draws people to us but in terms of professional experience we benefit from engagement with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

This includes finance, law and capital (campus redevelopment) projects. Direct contact with leading local employers is much valued, as part of our extensive links to local businesses, community groups and charities. If you have professional experience of education your expertise in the fields of quality assurance, delivery and wider operations could be put to good use.

Please do contact us if this is of interest and you feel you could contribute to strategic debate and the direction of the College.

Access to documentation

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:

Corporation non-confidential minutes

Other Documentation

Instrument and Articles of Government

Standing Orders

Scheme of Delegation

Audit Committee Terms of Reference

College Code of Conduct

AoC - Code of Good Governance for English Colleges

AoC - The Colleges’ Senior Post Holder Remuneration Code

AoC - HE Senior Staff Remuneration Code

College Supplementary Bulletin July 2021 (ESFA)

ESFA Post-16 audit code of practice 2020-2021

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

For more information

For more information about access to documents and meetings, or if you’re interested in becoming a governor, please contact Anne-Marie Kinsella or call on 07519 325622.