Our Governors

Bedford College’s Board of Governors is made up of 18 governors:

  • 2 student governors
  • 2 staff governors
  • 1 Chief Executive
  • 13 external Governors

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What do the governors do?

Governors are unpaid volunteers who meet regularly to lead Bedford College for the local community. The Governors of the College are collectively responsible for setting and monitoring the College’s overall direction and strategic ambition, Governors also recruit some of the senior staff. To carry out these duties Governors normally work alongside the College’s senior manager and may be asked to

  • help the College assess how well it met its targets and how well it has served the students and community
  • approve a strategic plan – saying where the College will develop over the next five years
  • decide whether to develop a new kind of College (like the Bedford Sixth Form) to meet local demand
  • check that the College is aware of risks and is putting measures in place to prevent the risks occurring
  • check that the College will have enough money to carry on operating
  • check that the College is using its resources (such as staff and funding) efficiently.

Who can be a governor?

Anyone can apply to be a Governor. We usually recruit external governors who have worked as managers in education, or who have senior level business/community experience (please see our current person specification and role description).

We are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming a Governor. If we do not have a current vacancy for a Governor the Clerk will help you find out more about the College and Board of Governors and will keep your details on file until a suitable vacancy arises.