Become a Governor

About the role of Governors

Governors share the corporate responsibility for the College, principally by:

  • Setting the educational mission and character of the college in line with the needs of the local community and within government policies.
  • Ensuring that public funds are used in accordance with their intended purpose and achieve maximum benefit for learners and the community.
  • Ensuring that appropriate staffing arrangements are in place and there is a framework for pay and conditions for staff.
  • Ensuring continuous improvement in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience.
  • Ensuring that the provision reflects the needs of stakeholders and the community served by the college.

Governors also have individual responsibilities which include:

  • A commitment to the seven principles of public life as set out by Lord Nolan.
  • A high level of attendance at and preparation for Corporation and Committee meetings.
  • To contribute to Corporation decision making.
  • To act as ambassadors for the college.
  • To support all aspects of effective governance, including undertaking training and development activities.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a range of generic skills and qualities.  These include:

  • The ability to work as a member of a team and to respect corporate decision making.
  • A real interest in education, particularly the 16-19 and FE sector.
  • The ability to operate at the strategic level, with strong decision-making and communication skills. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the college.

The Corporation and its Committees meet regularly throughout the academic year and candidates would be required to be available to attend meetings both in person and virtually.  Whilst the time commitment is not insignificant and the responsibilities are high, this is a role which is both interesting and challenging, and one where the right individual can make a significant impact on the future direction and success of this important institution.

Current Vacancies

Chair of Audit Committee

The Corporation is seeking to appoint a new governor with the experience and expertise to become Chair of the Audit Committee from September 2023.  The ideal candidate will have a significant background in managing risk and assurance within public sector organizations and have leadership experience.  An interest in the education sector would be desirable but is not vital.  This is a voluntary role.

The tenure of our current Chair of Audit Committee will come to an end in July 2023.  The Audit Committee plays a vital role in scrutinizing the risks the college is exposed to and the control measures it has in place to mitigate these risks.  The committee advises the Corporation on the adequacy and effectiveness of the College’s assurance framework and ensures that the College has effective systems of internal control, governance and risk management. It advises the Corporation on all internal and external audit matters. The Committee also has oversight of the arrangements for protecting College assets and for arrangements to ensure value for money.

We anticipate a period of transition for the appointee to work with the current Chair and committee in order to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership.


Focus Governor

The Corporation is seeking to appoint a new governor with the experience and expertise to support the skills strategy of the technical education provided by the college and to become Focus Governor for this area.  The ideal candidate will have a background in employer priorities and the role that skills play in local and national economic development.  An understanding of the role of the Employer Representative Bodies (ERBs) and the Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) and the strategic vision for the future would be ideal.  Experience in the 16-19 education sector would be desirable but is not vital.

In addition, candidates with a willingness and the capacity to take on leadership roles within the Corporation in the future would be very welcome.

LSIPs will set out a clear articulation of employers’ skills needs and the priority changes required in a local area to help ensure post-16 technical education and skills provision is more responsive and flexible in meeting local labour market skills needs.  The college will be required to respond to these needs via its curriculum offer and delivery.  It will be the responsibility of the Corporation to ensure that college strategy facilitates these needs.  The Corporation will need to prepare a report every 3 years to review the skills delivery and outcomes.  It is anticipated that this report will be led by the Focus Governor for skills.


How to apply

To register your interest, please contact Jeannie Adam, Clerk to the Corporation via by 31st January 2023

  • Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview with a panel of governors.
  • The successful candidate will be subject to DBS checking.
  • This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Cirencester College welcomes applications from all sectors of the community and is an equal opportunities employer.