Interested in being a College Governor

Need a new challenge? Very shortly there will be two vacancies on the Belfast Met Governing Body.  The vacancies arise because two co-opted governors have come to the end of their second term of office.  Accordingly, it is the intention of the Governing Body to interview prospective governors with a view to identifying two outstanding candidates with a professional skill set in either Finance or HR.

As recognised in the Skills Barometer for Northern Ireland, the Further Education sector has a significant contribution to make in developing the skills pipeline which will prove essential in supporting business drive growth and prosperity.  Belfast Met has a particular role to play in ‘Leading the City to Work’ and is hugely ambitious in supporting our learners realise their potential and delivering against the Department for the Economy / Programme for Government’s strategic outcomes.

Belfast Met is the 10th largest FE & HE College in the UK: a £60M turnover business, spread across four main campuses, and with 1,100 staff supporting over 28,600 enrolments annually.  The College has successfully transformed itself in a relatively short space of time from being perceived as a once failing college facing ‘special measures’ to a multi-award winning college.  But we remain ambitious to go ‘from good to great’.  More details can be found on the Belfast Met website  

Have a look around the site while you are there.  If, after looking at the website, you feel you might be that person and would like to discuss a future role as a governor at Belfast Met then contact John McAndrew, Secretary to the Governing Body at who can arrange for you to meet a governor, or show you round or answer your queries.  This is a remunerated position and appropriate training will be provided.

As these are co-opted positions, the BMC Governing Body is involved in the selection of candidates, albeit the final appointment is made by the Department for the Economy subject to a probity check.  Accordingly, it is the intention of the Governing Body to interview prospective governors with a selection panel forwarding names to the Department.

Invitation from the Chair of the Governing Body, Frank Bryan

“Membership of the Governing Body of Belfast Met is a challenging but rewarding role.  Belfast Met’s clear mission is to make a fundamental impact on the economic and social success of the city of Belfast and beyond by equipping its people, employers and communities with the education and skills for work.  By playing a part in the leadership of Belfast Met, you can help us realise our vision to be a world class college that nurtures all the talents and ambition of this great city.  We are passionate about championing our dual mandate of economic development and social inclusion, building an economy for the common good.”

It is crucial that Belfast Met builds on its successes of recent years and continues to be at the heart of skills development and economic growth.  If you share our passion for ‘Leading the City to Work’* then please complete and sign the application form overleaf and we will be in touch.  Thank you.

*  Leading the City to Work: Belfast Met Corporate Plan 2016-20.

Applications are invited from members of the public who consider they possess the skills and experience necessary to join the existing Board of Governors at Belfast Metropolitan College. If you possess either financial or HR expertise then this is an opportunity for you to play a part in transforming the education and skills landscape.

  • Remuneration: College governors are remunerated at a rate of £250 per governing body meeting, and £150 per governing body sub-committee meeting. Members are also eligible to claim allowances for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Governing Body business.
  • Period of appointment and commencement date:  The period of appointment is four years commencing in February 2017.
  • Time commitment: an average of one day per month.
  • Regulated by CPA NI: No
  • Closing date: the closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 16th January 2017
  • It is anticipated that Interviews will take place between 1 and 3 February 2017.

You can find out more information including how to apply at the link below:

If you require any additional information or would like to discuss a future role as a governor at Belfast Met, contact John McAndrew, Secretary to the Governing Body at: ,who will be happy to answer your queries.