Become a Governor

The Board of Governors at the College currently has 18 members, including the Principal, student and staff members. The rest of the Board is made up of external governors who come from different sectors of the College community, including:

  • the local council
  • local schools
  • local businesses
  • locally based public sector organisations
  • local residents

External members serve on the Board for 4 years, also serving on at least one committee. Governors come to 4 Board meetings and 3 committee meetings in an academic year, attend training, College link events and a strategy day.

Governors serve in a voluntary non-executive capacity and bring their skills, expertise and experience to the role. It is a responsible position and a governor is expected to abide by the seven principles of public life (the Nolan Principles).


Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.



Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.



Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.



Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.



Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.



Holders of public office should be truthful.


Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.



Due to the nature of the role you must be over 18, not be disqualified under charity law, meet safeguarding needs and successfully complete Enhanced Disclosure and Barring checks.

For more detailed information see the Government website

FE Governance

Disclosure & Barring Service

Disclosure and Barring Service - GOV.UK (



The Governing Body was established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 for the purpose of conducting Stanmore College.  Stanmore College is an exempt charity for the purposes of Part 3 of the Charities Act 2011 and is regulated by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills as Principal Regulator for all FE Corporations in England.

Governance of the College is determined by the Instrument and Articles of Government.





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