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The Corporation of West Suffolk College is the governing body responsible for shaping the education and future of its students. Its Governors work to create the best possible environment and opportunity for all who work and learn with the College.

By joining, you can contribute to this diverse and dynamic organisation. You will help to shape skills development to meet the needs of employers and local industry. Your work will change lives.

With responsibility for providing the best education, training and life chances for over 17,000 students a year it is a big and important job. Our College has an annual turnover of £27 million; employs over 800 people and provides training for more than 1,500 businesses.

Governors play a vital role in setting out the strategic direction, ensuring that there is sound governance and maintaining the high quality of outcomes that students deserve and our business community needs.

As membership of our Governing Body changes so do our needs for particular experience and skills. What remains the same is our need for members of the business community who care about the future of young people.

What do we want?

We are looking for people with a passion and commitment to giving students the best possible further education and training to join its Board of Governors.

Governors play a vital part in the life of the College and we need people with Senior Level Strategic experience who are inspired by helping others to achieve their potential and can help the College to deliver ever higher standards.

Benefits for You

This voluntary role brings many professional rewards as well as offering the opportunity to inform the strategic direction of the College as it strives for continual improvement and to give every chance and encouragement to its students and staff to succeed. This really is a chance to inspire a generation.

The Corporation is drawn from people who live and work in the area that the College serves. You can contribute your skills and talents and give something back to your community. The role brings the reward of making a real difference and enables you to widen your experience and achieve personal growth.

Who is on the Board?

Our Governors are a dedicated group of volunteers from local businesses, community groups, staff and students.

We are committed to representing the community in which we operate and we value diversity in skills and experience. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Your Commitment

The Corporation meets three times a year (December, March and July) usually on a Thursday or Friday at 2.00pm for three hours.

In addition to these meetings we have a number of Committees with delegated responsibility from the Corporation for the review, monitoring and oversight of the key business functions of the College; Resources Committee, Audit and Risk Management Committee, Standards and Excellence Committee and the Appointments and Governance Committee. You can get an idea of what takes place at these meetings by looking at the minutes.

Our Resources Committee meets five times a year (October, November/December, March, May and June). Meetings are usually at 4.00pm on a Wednesday for 2 hours.

Our Audit and Risk Management Committee meets four times a year (October, November, March and June). Meetings are usually at 5.00pm on a Tuesday for 2 hours.

Our Standards and Excellence Committee meets six times a year (October, November, January/February, March, April and June). Meetings are usually at 4.30pm on a Thursday for 2 hours.

Our Appointments and Governance Committee meetings twice a year (November/December and May). Meetings are usually at 4.00pm on a Tuesday for 1 ½ hours.

To find out what work these Committees do on behalf of the Corporation look at our Terms of Reference.

The Process

One of the responsibilities of the Appointments and Governance Committee is to consider the appointment of potential new Governors before recommending an appointment to the Corporation.

We invite new Governors to an induction session to find out more about the role of a Governor and at a later stage, new Governors are given the opportunity to attend training activities and a two day residential strategic conference (mid-January) to develop their knowledge and skills.

Further Information

For more information please contact Jules Bridges, Clerk to the Corporation and College Secretary on 01284 716251 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can arrange for you to visit the College or we will gladly send you more information or answer any questions that you may have.