Governors, Committee Members and Non-Exec Directors

The Bedford College Group is the largest college group in the South East Midlands and the seventh largest (by income) in the country, with over 18,000 students each year attending one of our six colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The Bedford College Group are keen to ensure that the next generation are inspired by great leaders who believe in our purpose of helping individuals and communities flourish through education by raising aspirations and reducing inequality to create a sustainable future.

Being a governor, co-opted / independent member or a non-executive director in one of our subsidiary companies, is a voluntary but highly rewarding role where you will be able to make a real difference and have an opportunity to use and enhance your professional skills.

We are recruiting now to widen participation across our governance structure, and to support the natural succession of our boards and committees.
We offer a range of roles to suit different commitment levels, which include:

  • Corporation members
  • Independent / co-opted committee members
  • Non-executive directors of our subsidiary companies, Bedford College Services Limited and Bedford College Professional Services Limited
  • Independent members of Curriculum and Quality local groups

Do you possess skills and experiences in areas such as further education, digital transformation, sustainability, finance, HR, change management, or community engagement? Are you interested in contributing to our communities and improving education and opportunities for the next generation? We would love to hear from you.

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational values:

  • Student centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Educational excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.
  • Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Continuous improvement - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on best practice and learning from others.
  • Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage and support each other.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.

Further details of the safeguarding requirements and essential criteria for the post can found within the Job Description.

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Supporting Documents: 

Role description co-opted governor May 23.docx
Role description governor May 23.docx
Role description non-executive director subsidiary 22.05.23.docx

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.