*Closes 30th November*

Southern Regional College’s Governing Body comprises of Members appointed by the Minister for the Economy, staff and students of the College, the Chief Executive Officer and members co-opted by the Governing Body.

Further information on the College, the Governing Body and the co-option opportunity is provided below.

SOUTHERN REGIONAL COLLEGE

Southern Regional College is a College of Further and Higher Education with campuses located in Newry, Portadown, Armagh, Kilkeel, Banbridge and Lurgan.

The Further Education sector is the main provider of professional and technical education and training in Northern Ireland and has a key role to play in raising skill levels in the region.

The Southern Regional College is well placed to provide learners, employers and the local community with a world-class facility to satisfy all their educational needs and to realise its aim in establishing a reputation for outstanding quality in teaching, training and business support, not just within Northern Ireland but nationally and internationally

The Southern Regional College is a Non-Departmental Public Body within the budget responsibility and ambit of the Department for the Economy and is an incorporated body whose legal status derives from the Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order.

Further information about Southern Regional College can be found on its website www.src.ac.uk

  • GOVERNING BODY

The College operates within a strong framework of regulation, including an instrument of government, articles of government and a management statement and financial memorandum. In terms of governance, all other documents are subordinate to the Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and subject to its provisions.

Members of the Governing Body and the Chairperson are appointed in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

All Governing Body Members must personally subscribe to and uphold the seven principals of public life (the Nolan Principles). These are: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.

Further information on the role of Governor to a Further Education College can be obtained from the Department for Economy website by using the following link:

https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/publications/guide-governors-further-education-colleges

3.1          DELEGATED COMMITTEES

The Governing Body is supported by a number of committees; including the Staffing Committee, Finance & General Purposes Committee, Education Committee and the Audit Committee.

Staffing Committee

The Staffing Committee is responsible for dealing with issues in relation to the recruitment, appointment, promotion and grading of all staff, other than senior management. The Committee also reviews the annual key performance indicator report, monitors the delivery of the Employee Development Plan, reviews performance measures and receives updates on Investors in People.

Finance and General Purposes Committee

The Finance and General Purposes Committee has oversight of all matters relating to the finance and accounts of the College and the receipt of its income and expenditure. The main business of the Finance and General Purposes Committee is to monitor, determine and advise the Governing Body of the College’s solvency, recommend for approval the annual estimate of income and expenditure, and monitor performance in relation to the approved budget.

The Committee also considers updates on the Estates Projects, health and safety practices and other matters as the Governing Body may from time to time remit to it.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for overseeing the curricular provision of the College, especially the nature, quality and performance of the provision and extent to which its meets the needs of the community that the College seeks to serve.

In particular, it considers the impact of strategic proposals, the broader educational environment and current and topical issues that have the potential to impact on educational, vocational and curricular provision.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee operates as an advisory body to the Governing Body and the Accounting Officer and is responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of the College’s accounting procedures and systems of internal control. It provides a channel of communication for the College’s auditors, which is independent from College management.

It has the responsibility to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness. The Audit Committee promotes high standards of propriety, accountability and financial management within the College and ensures that effective risk management processes are embedded and operating.

  • GOVERNING BODY VACANCY 

The College’s Instrument of Government allows for a membership of not less than 12 nor more than 18 persons. Up to two Members may be co-opted by the Governing Body to bring added expertise and experience.

The Governing Body welcomes expressions of interest from individuals with specialist expertise / experience who may wish to serve on the Board.

Further details on the terms and requirements of co-optees are detailed below. 

  • Time Commitment

The Governing Body shall meet not less than six times a year and shall hold such other meetings as may be necessary.

The Audit Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Education Committee are scheduled to meet four times per year. The Staffing Committee is scheduled to meet three times per year.

Governors will not normally sit on three or more committees.

No members of the Audit Committee shall also sit as a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

  • Remuneration and Expenses

All Governing Body Members (with the exception of college staff Members, the Principal and Chairperson) will receive remuneration at the following rate:

  • £250 for a Governing Body meeting;
  • £150 for a committee meeting or event sanctioned by the Chairperson.

Members are also eligible to claim allowances, at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates, for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on governing body business.

  • Period of Appointment 

Members of the Governing Body (excluding the student member) are appointed for a fixed period of up to four years. Thereafter they may be re-appointed for a further term in accordance with the Code of Practice. 

4.4          Eligibility of Appointment 

Persons shall not be eligible for appointment as a Member of the Governing Body:

  • If they are a member of the governing body of another college;
  • If they are a full-time student of the College, except as the elected student member;
  • If they are a member of staff of the College, except where they are the Principal and Chief Executive or the elected staff member or if they are a member of staff of another institution of further education;
  • If they are a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly;
  • If they have been removed from the membership of a governing body of an institution of further education established under the Order;
  • If they have been removed from the Governing Body or its equivalent in any organisation grant-aided for the purposes of providing education;
  • If they have, within five years of the date of their appointment would take effect, been convicted in a court in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Irish Republic of any offence and have been sentenced to imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine;
  • If they are included in a list kept by the Department of Education under Regulation 9 of the Education (Prohibition from Teaching or Working with Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007;
  • If they are included (other than provisionally) in the list maintained as required by Article 6 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007;
  • If their estate has been sequestrated, they have been adjudged bankrupt, they have made an arrangement with their creditors, or they have granted a trust deed for their creditors or composition contract; or
  • If the Department reasonably believes that the member is not fit to hold office.
  • Skills and Competences

Interested individuals will be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills, experience and competences as listed below.

  • Leadership – The ability to provide guidance and support to the College to set and achieve aims and objectives;
  • Contribution to Strategy – The ability to make a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the College;
  • Analysing and Using Evidence – The ability to analyse complex information to make decisions and solve problems;
  • Applying Specialist Skills – The ability to help address current issues in the sector. 
  • EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Expressions of interest in co-option to the Governing Body of Southern Regional College are welcomed by persons who possess the skills and competences listed above.

Expressions of interest, accompanied by a CV and an indication of how the required skills and competences can be demonstrated, should be sent to Lindsay Armstrong, Secretary to the Governing Body at armstrongl@src.ac.uk by 30 November 2020.

  • APPOINTMENT PROCESS

 Persons who have demonstrated the skills and competences listed above and who have expressed an interest in the vacancy will be invited to meet with a panel of Governors representing the Governing Body.

It should be noted that all appointments to the Governing Body are subject to ratification by the Department for the Economy.