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Governing Body

Introduction

Members of the Corporation (also known as Governors) represent the interests of the local and wider community that the College serves.  The Corporation is responsible for the quality of service to its students and their welfare, the financial health of the College, the proper use of public funds and for ensuring effective management.  They aim to ensure that the College is successful in providing a high quality educational service to its students, whilst being financially secure.  One of the duties of the Corporation is to determine the mission of the college and to ensure that there are effective means of monitoring whether College management is fulfilling the mission.

Purpose

“Providing high quality education that gives our students the knowledge, skills and experience to be successful in their chosen career.”

Vision

We will be an outstanding College of Further Education, inspiring learners, creating opportunities and changing lives by:

  • Delivering an outstanding student experience
  • Demonstrating outstanding leadership and governance
  • Consolidating our position as an independent, specialist land-based college
  • Expanding the curriculum, to meet local and national needs
  • Developing core strategic policies to support the above aims

Values

Our values express what BCA stands for and how we will conduct ourselves as an organisation:

  • We will provide a SUPPORTIVE and INCLUSIVE approach to learning
  • We will give everyone the OPPORTUNITY to develop and grow as an individual
  • We will INSPIRE our students to achieve their ASPIRATIONS and recognise ACHIEVEMENT
  • We will provide a SAFE and OPEN culture which promotes FRIENDSHIP and FAMILY VALUES

Nolan Committee

The Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Lord Nolan, published a report in May 1996 that identified seven key principles for those serving in public life.  These are:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

All governors must uphold high standards of public conduct.  Governors must ensure that there are no conflicts of interest on any matters being considered by the governing body where a governor’s independent judgement could be affected in any way.

Download: Code Of Conduct Of The Corporation

Access to Governing Body business

Minutes of every meeting of the Corporation and any document, report or other paper considered at these meetings with the exception of confidential items* are available to the public.  For full details see Publication Scheme section of website, Section 1 -Governance.

A link to recent minutes from Corporation and Committee meetings is included on the Agenda and Minutes of Meetings page. Copies of minutes from earlier meetings can be obtained by contacting the Clerk to the Corporation, Tracy Reeve.

(*In some instances information from Corporation and committee meetings will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information; information that may damage the commercial interests of the college or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.)

Tracy Reeve
Clerk to the Corporation
Contact: 01628 827441
treeve@bca.ac.uk

Membership of the Corporation

The Corporation at BCA has 16 members, who were recruited under different categories of membership. The aim of the membership categories was to ensure that the governing body includes people from a range of backgrounds reflecting the community that the College serves.  From January 2008, the four categories of ‘external’ membership (ie business, local authority, co-opted and community) were merged into one to give Corporations more flexibility in appointing suitable members. New appointees from 1 January 2008 were classified simply as External Members.

The Corporation at BCA is made up of members within the following categories of membership:

  • 11 External governors
  • 2 Staff governors
  • 2 Student governors
  • The Principal

View the current Corporation membership, as per October 2019, by clicking here.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Corporation Member at BCA we would like to hear from you.  We are particularly interested in applicants with experience within an education environment or with a strong finance background.  Please contact the Clerk to the Corporation, Tracy Reeve on the details above.

Pippa Goodwin

Chair of the Corporation

Neil Dew-Gosling

Vice-Chair

Andrew Try

Governor

Daniela Shanly

Governor

Dave Snowden

Governor

Frank Pitkin

Governor

Gareth Osborn

Governor

Ian Thomson

Governor

Janet Robertson

Staff Governor

Committees

The Corporation has the following committees which meet to focus on specialist areas and make recommendations to the Corporation:

  • Audit
  • Search
  • HE Oversight
  • Quality of Education (from November 2019)

Download: Committee Structure and Membership

The Search Committee

The Search Committee advises the governing board on the appointment of governors – and on any other matters relating to membership and appointment that the governing board delegates to it.

The committee consists of relevant members of the governing board and also includes an external representative from the local community who can supplement the governors’ knowledge and bring an objective view to the membership.  Governors cannot be appointed by the governing board until the advice of the search committee has been sought – except in the case of the Principal or chief executive and elected governors (staff and student governors).  Each governing board is expected to produce terms of reference and to make rules for the conduct of its search committee, and to publish the search committee’s advice to the governing body.

Download: Search Committee Terms Of Reference