Collyer’s is committed to a policy of open governance and we hope that you are able to find the information you are looking for in these pages. However, please feel free to contact our Clerk, Nicola Whitehead, at the College who will be happy to help with any additional information or queries you may have.
Becoming a governor
Expressions of interest in becoming a governor are always welcome.
What do Governors do?
The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the mission, direction, solvency and future development of the College as set out in its Instruments and Articles supplemented by its Rules and Byelaws. The College is funded predominantly by the Education Funding Agency whose funding agreement and Audit Code of Practice also guide its practice as well as other legal obligations such as equality and diversity, safeguarding and health and safety.
Governors have a strong interest in the student experience. This includes ensuring that the College provides an environment for all students to enjoy their time at the College, develop and succeed. They are also interested in ensuring the College serves it wider stakeholders including staff, parents, employers and the local community.
The Governing Body works closely with the Trustees of the Collyer Endowment which owns the land and buildings of the College.
Who makes up the Governing Body?
The Governing Body has nineteen members including local community, staff, students and parent governors as well as four appointed by and reflecting the College’s long-standing and close links with the Mercers’ Company. The role of a governor is non-executive. The Principal is a member ex officio and the only executive member.
In addition the College invites, from time to time, individuals with specific skills or experience to serve relevant committees as a co-opted member (rather than as a governor).
How does the Governing Body operate?
The Governing Body generally meets four times a year. It also has a number of committees which generally meet at least once each term:
- Audit Committee
- Finance and General Purposes Committee
- Estates Sub-Committee
- Quality and Curriculum Committee
- Nominations Committee
In addition there are planning and link governor days which facilitate liaison with the staff and students in deciding the strategic direction of the College.