College Governor

Durham City

New College Durham is looking for volunteers to join its Board of Governors and use their personal and professional knowledge and experience to shape the strategic direction of the College.

The Board is responsible for the success of the College. Its role is to establish a vision, mission and strategy, provide financial oversight, hold the College’s senior leaders to account for the quality of education and ensure risks are managed appropriately.

As a Board member you will use your skills and experience to help our senior leaders shape the College’s strategy and meet our vision of becoming a leading provider of Further and Higher Education in the North East region, nationally and internationally.


Our Board members (Governors) are vital to guaranteeing our students’ success. They help ensure that the College offers the best qualifications and has the most up to date resources, so our students develop the skills and knowledge that employers want.

As a Governor you will support and challenge our executive management team and help the Board make decisions that will impact on student achievement, their longer-term outcomes and the future direction and growth of the College. You will contribute to the College’s wider strategic plan including finance, estates, IT, HR, curriculum and student experience and help us make the big decisions that will drive the future direction of the College.

We want people who bring new ideas, strategic thinking, are willing to ask questions and speak their mind - we are ambitious, dynamic and forward focused and we hope you are too.

Skills & Qualities

We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds - people who can contribute their skills and lived experience to the Board. We are keen to recruit a diverse Board with a mix of skills and perspectives to ensure effective governance, supportive challenge, sound decision-making and membership that reflects our wider community.

We operate in a fast-moving environment and would encourage applications from all individuals with a passion for education whatever their skill set. In addition we are actively seeking applications in particular from those with experience in health and life sciences, digital, STEM disciplines, HR/people management, sustainability and green skills manufacturing.

When & Where?

You would be expected to attend six corporation meetings throughout the year at our Framwellgate Moor Campus in Durham, one or two committee meetings per term and the Annual Strategic Planning Day. We would also encourage you to get involved with College life by attending College events to meet students, staff and stakeholders such as award ceremonies, staff and student conferences, performances, exhibitions and stakeholder events.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

You will receive ongoing training, have access to a mentor and be reimbursed for expenses.

Volunteer Benefits

This voluntary role offers great opportunities for personal and professional development. We will work with you to align your experience and interests with the Board’s needs.

You will be part of a thriving organisation with an excellent reputation and you will gain experience working alongside our Senior Leadership Team and Board members from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Other Information

It's an exciting time to join the Board with a number of major initiatives in development as we continue to grow our high quality professional technical and general education provision and invest in our fantastic facilities.

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Hours: 6 Corporation meetings per year plus Annual Strategic Planning Day / 1-2 Committee meetings per term / Meetings usually 4.00 - 6.00pm Type: Employment/Education/Training, Trusteeship/Committee

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