Interested in becoming a Governor at Craven College?
There are 19 serving members currently on our Corporation Board and Board members are viewed as "Non-executive Directors". Although there are no financial rewards, members get the opportunity to make an important contribution to a thriving college which is there to serve the local and wider community. The benefits of being a Board Member include working with a team of like-minded people from all walks of life, who collectively offer a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.
There are also regular opportunities to take part in aspects of college life which may be of interest to individual Board members, for example, attending college events, such as the Celebration of Awards Evenings and College Fashion and Art Shows.
The Board is always keen to hear from individuals who feel they have the energy, commitment and potential to make a contribution, on a voluntary basis, to the continued success of the college through membership of its Board.
To help you decide whether it’s for you, these are some of the skills and qualities which make an effective Board member.
In support of its commitment to equality and diversity, the Board would also particularly like to encourage expressions of interest from women, minority ethnic groups and disabled people.
If you are interested in finding out more about joining our Board, please contact the Clerk, Joan Matthews, in the first instance, who will meet with you and provide you with further information. She can be contacted at
Mrs Joan Matthews,
Clerk to the Governors
Tel 07725 676951
The Search & Governance Committee is a formally constituted body of the Corporation whose remit is to identify and recommend the appointment of new Board Members (apart from student or staff members).
Following an "expression of interest" the Clerk will provide you with any further information required including time commitments involved.
In general, no formal qualifications are required. However the Search & Governance Committee does operate according to a skills matrix and will seek candidates with professional qualifications such as accountancy, law, marketing, personnel to fill specific vacancies, although these are generally not pre-requisites.
At this stage your application will be considered by the Search & Governance Committee and you may be invited for an initial interview. If necessary you may be asked to attend a second interview.
No information given to, or obtained by, the Committee is used for any purpose other than the consideration of candidates for appointment as Corporation Members. The process itself is not confidential and there is no reason why you should not mention to others that you have applied for membership.
If the Search & Governance Committee concludes that you are personally suitable for appointment, and there is a current vacancy, they would recommend your appointment to the Corporation. If there are no current vacancies they would keep a record of your application and approach you, if a vacancy occurred in the future. However, it is important that the composition of the Corporation broadly reflects the community it serves in terms of age, gender, geographical spread, experience etc, and the Search & Governance Committee will take account of this in deciding who they recommend for appointment to the Corporation.