It is a statutory requirement that colleges, like schools, have a governing body called a corporation. It is more commonly known as a Board.

The Corporation is known as Chelmsford College’s Governing Body. Its members consist of volunteers who are drawn from the community, and two staff and two student members from the College . The Governors offer experience from sectors such as industry, business, education, and the public service sector. Independent members are appointed by the Governing Body and the Staff Governors are elected by the staff of the Group. The student Governors are elected by the students of the group.

The Governing Body’s role is to agree a strategic direction for the College, setting objectives and monitoring the results. The Governing Body supports the College in achieving the delivery of a high-quality learning experience for students by providing a strategic role and not becoming involved with the operational management which is ably delivered by the CEO and his team. The Governing Body is governed by its adopted Instrument and Articles and has adopted the AoC Code of Good Governance for English Colleges 2023.

The Group’s Instrument and Articles of Government determine the duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body. The Governing Body is responsible for:

  • determining the educational character and mission of the Group and for oversight of its activities.
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution.
  • ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the Group and the Governing Body and safeguarding assets.
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk.
  • establishing a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The Governing Body is committed to the Nolan Principles and transparently publishes the minutes of its meetings after they have been approved by the Board.