Following the Scottish Government’s programme of reform of the college sector, which saw colleges grouped into defined geographical regions, The Lanarkshire Board performs the statutory function as the Regional Strategic Body for Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire and is responsible for the effective governance of New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College.
To meet current and anticipated recruitment needs, we are seeking applications from individuals who have the right skills, knowledge, attributes and experience to make a valuable contribution as a Board Member to the Board’s work and the strategic direction of the Lanarkshire colleges. To complement our existing strengths, we are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with human resources, finance, estates development and legal experience.
We wish our Board to be representative of the communities we serve and you should have proven experience in, or knowledge of, our region. We are also keen to hear from individuals with proven experience of education, industry and commerce and applications from people with a wide variety of professional backgrounds are encouraged. In particular, we welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on Scotland’s public bodies, including women, people with disabilities and individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Board Members do not receive a salary, but reasonable expenses are met. Board meetings are normally held in the evenings 3/4 times per year; however, board members are expected to commit to membership of the board’s committees which can be held during the college day to promote engagement with the wider college community.
A PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check will be required as a condition of appointment and all non-executive appointments to the Board are subject to ratification by Scottish Ministers on recommendation from the Chair of the Board. Members of the Lanarkshire Board also have a specific legal role and defined responsibilities as a Charity Trustee under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.
The College’s strapline, ‘Skillset for Life’ encapsulates our fundamental ethos and skills development is the very essence of what we do. As one of Scotland’s largest colleges, operating on both a regional and national basis, we can offer you the opportunity to be at the heart of shaping the further and higher education landscape within Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, and beyond.
The Principal and Chief Executive is a member of the Board of Management and is responsible to the Board for the delivery of its strategic objectives. The post also has additional responsibilities as the Chief Officer for the Lanarkshire Board, with accountability for all regional funding received from SFC for both New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College.
As the strategic lead for the College, the Principal is responsible for ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to ensure the College’s financial and statutory obligations are met, while ensuring the best experience possible for our learners. The role has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the College’s curriculum is fit for purpose and meets the needs of local and national priorities, as set out in our Regional Outcome Agreement with SFC.
The role of Principal at New College Lanarkshire has a local, regional and national profile and the postholder is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire Councils, the Scottish Government, SFC, Skills Development Scotland and many more.
To be considered for this challenging role, you will be able to demonstrate significant leadership experience in education or a related publicly funded body, with the requisite business and interpersonal skills to lead an organisation of 16,000 students, 1,000 staff and a turnover of c£54m.
By joining us now as our next Principal and Chief Executive, you will be at the very centre of driving us forward and ensuring that everyone we work with is truly ‘Skillset for Life’.