The College's governing body is known as the East Sussex College Group Board .
The Board is made up of 22 individuals with a broad base of skills and experience drawn from the communities served by the College. Some governors are appointed directly by the Board from the general public and some are elected by the staff and students of the College. It meets regularly to review the College’s mission, consider strategic developments, systematically monitor College and management performance, review and monitor the implementation of a range of college policies, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements at all times. The Board is charged with fostering an environment that enables the College to fulfil its mission for the benefit of learners and the community it serves. The Board’s role is strategic, and governors do not involve themselves in the day-to-day management of the college. The CEO has many delegated responsibilities and he and his senior team are responsible for the managing the College.
The Board meets regularly and has developed a committee structure.
We are committed to openness and accountability and have posted the minutes of Board meetings and key documents to ensure transparency.
We are committed to the equality and diversity of all of our students, staff and service users and welcome applications to join the Board from all members of the community. We have developed a General Principles for the appointment and composition of the East Sussex College Group
Meet the Governors
Co-opted members of board committees
At this critical stage in the transition to the new college and the development of its vision, it was felt that the involvement of staff and students is essential. Therefore, both staff governors from each college and one student governor will serve on the East Sussex College Group board to help to shape the future until the end of this academic year when elections will be held. Governors will meet with staff and students in the summer term to seek their views on the most appropriate way to structure these elections.
We are also delighted to welcome the following members as co-opted governors:
Joining the Board
Your involvement and contribution can help the College meet the needs of everyone in our communities. As a College Governor your insight, experience and ideas can widen the perspective of our boardrooms. We are keen to encourage equality and diversity on our Governing Body. Both cultural diversity and vocational diversity are important to us. You may have experience in business, community services, industry, finance or legal practice.
The broader your vocational experience the better for our Governing Body to allow an informed decision making process. As well as your Member role benefiting the community, you will also have an opportunity to further develop your own skills base and CV. You will be given the appropriate training and support to become fully effective and to be kept informed about emerging issues and trends. Independent Governors are appointed on a basis of skill and our search and recruitment processes are designed to be open and transparent. The role is not remunerated but the Corporation can provide expenses for travel and childcare.
A recent article in from ICSA the Governance Institute gives some insights into the benefits and rewards of a governor role in FE
The Board operates a traditional board structure with six committees as follows:
- Audit Committee
- Quality and Standards Committee
- Finance Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Search and Governance Committee
- Special Committee (to consider disciplinary matters related to Senior Post Holders and appeals from staff and students)
The Instrument & Articles of Government set out the regulatory framework within which a further education college or corporation operates. The Education Act 2011 provided more freedom and flexibility to Colleges including the freedom for Corporations to adjust their Instrument and Articles outside a core set of requirements.
The Corporation’s Standing Orders supplement the provisions of the Education Act 2011 and the Instrument and Articles of Government of the College. The ESCG Standing Orders are currently being developed by the Search and Governance Committee.
Register of Interests, Declaration of Eligibility and Code of Conduct Governors have a duty to put the best interests of the College first and to safeguard the assets and reputation of the College. They also have a duty to avoid conflicts of interest. Governors annually sign a Declaration of Interests , Declaration of Eligibility and a Code of Conduct return. Details are available by contacting the Director of Governance.
Code of Good Governance for English Colleges
The Board has adopted the Code of Good Governance for English Colleges. The Code is intended to help governing boards meet and exceed basic governance requirements. (https://www.aoc.co.uk/funding-and-corporate-services/governance/governance-resources/code-good-governance-english-colleges)
The Board is currently developing a public value statement to describe how the College seeks to add value to the social, economic and physical well-being of the community it serves.
Board and Committee minutes
In the interests of openness and accountability public copies of Board and committee minutes are available below. The Board may on occasion exclude some minutes of a meeting. This may include minutes related to a named person, a named student or candidate or any matter which by reason of its nature the Board is satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis. This is to ensure compliance with data protection and with due regard for the Freedom of Information act.