Chair of the Board of Governors

About the Role:

We are looking for an exceptional leader to build on the legacy of our outgoing Chair.  Under their leadership, the Group has taken decisive action to secure financial recovery, strengthen financial resilience and improve the quality of education across the Group. Our goal to be ‘outstanding’ is at the heart of everything that we do.  Our new Chair will help the RNN Group achieve this ambition for our students, our workforce, and the employers of the region.

You will relish a challenge, be ready to make key decisions and be able to bring both peers and stakeholders with you.  Though you may not have previous experience of the FE sector, you will be able to draw on comparable leadership experience and bring insights to this role.  Through your understanding of public sector finances, the economic realities of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire and the role Further Education plays in changing society, you will build the profile of the Group and impact the lives of our students by strengthening and leading governance.

In return, you will find yourself rewarded by the support of a highly professional and committed Executive Leadership Team, whose skills are complemented by those of a diverse board of governors drawn from across the region. As we are currently recruiting a new Director of Governance, you will also be able to shape the Executive Team from the very start.

Able to offer your time flexibly, you will commit on average 3 days a month to your role with the Group. This is a voluntary role, and expenses will be paid in line with Group policy.  All meetings of the Board and its Committees currently take place in the early evening and some availability for daytime meetings with staff and stakeholders will also be needed.

About RNN Group

The Group has an annual turnover of £39M, was judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted in December 2022 and achieved a Silver TEF rating in September 2023. We meet the education and training needs of over 11,000 adults and school leavers every year providing routes to career security, personal and professional fulfilment. From our bases in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire we are currently supporting 1,200 apprentices and working with over 600 employers. We work at the centre of our local communities, contributing to civic life and economic renewal, and engage over 1,000 staff.

The Group is made up of three colleges (Rotherham College, North Notts College (with two campuses in Retford and Worksop) and Dearne Valley College) and includes the University Centre Rotherham and the Bridge Skills Hub in Worksop.  The Group has two subsidiary companies – the National Fluid Power Centre and Rotherham Education Services (RES), each with their own independent board.

We celebrate diversity and are proud to have been recognised as Investors in Diversity, and to be part of the Disability Confidence Scheme. You will be working in a supportive environment that encourages, recognises and celebrates effort, achievement and cooperative attitudes.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or disability.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 14 March 2024, at 17:00hrs.

Interviews will be held on Monday 25 March 2024, in person, at the North Notts College, Worksop Campus. 

For further information about how to apply for this role and to arrange a conversation with our CEO & Principal, Jason Austin, please contact Sarah Connerty, Interim Governance Advisor via or 07817024918.

Additional Information:

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