Information relating to our College Governing Body
The Governing Body is comprised of a wide mix of individuals with a wealth of skills and expertise. There is a total of 20 Governors, chaired by Mr Paul Croke who was appointed as Chair of the Governing Body in October 2014. The Board meets at least six times during the year and work is also carried out at the various committees, namely the Audit Committee, Curriculum and Quality Committee, and the Finance and Estates Committee.
The main role of the Governing Body is to determine the “educational character and mission of the institution and oversight of its activities”, which involves Governors focusing on the College’s broad purpose and strategic direction, nature of educational programme, pattern of courses, any special characteristics of range of subjects taught, overall ethos, admissions policy and relationship to community.
One extremely important aspect of governance involves the effective and efficient use of resources, solvency of the institution and safeguarding of assets. This involves the approval of annual estimates of income and expenditure.
All Members agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct when they accept their position as a Member of the Governing Body or Co-opted Committee Member. They also agree to follow the Nolan Principles (Committee on Standards, Lord Nolan) which are:
Selflessness – take decisions solely in terms of the interest of the public
Integrity – not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations which might influence them
Objectivity – holders of public office should make choices on merit alone
Accountability – accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to scrutiny
Openness – should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take
Honesty – a duty to declare any private interest relating to their public office duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way which protects the public interest
Leadership – promote and support these principles by leadership and example
The Board and its Committees
The duties and activities which are undertaken by each Committee are contained within their respective Terms of Reference and Standings Orders.
We are proud to have received the very rare double ‘excellent’ in our Estyn inspection. This award reflects the dedication, innovation and passion of our learners, staff, governors and partners. We are extremely pleased that the high quality of our performance has been recognised in the awards gifted to the college.
Highest Ranking FE College in the UK
In 2017, we were listed as 28th in The Sunday Times Best 100 NFP Organisations, the annual ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces. This respected award demonstrates our commitment to both our staff and learners here at Bridgend College.’
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