Becoming a Governor

The Corporation (or Governing Body as it is sometimes known) is responsible for the mission and strategic direction of the College, determining policy, and for monitoring the performance of the College. The Corporation does not manage the College or organise its day-to-day affairs, as this is the responsibility of the Principal, who is appointed by the Corporation.

The Corporation consists of 10 Members, including the Principal, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their experience and strategic skills make a vital contribution to the continuing development of the College.  

College Governors are people from the College's community who wish to make a positive contribution to the education of learners of all ages. Governors are volunteers who have an important part to play in raising standards by setting the strategic direction of the College, ensuring accountability to the public, and monitoring and evaluating the College's performance.

The position of Governor requires a minimum time commitment of 50 hours per year in order to prepare for and attend meetings, events and training. The position is unpaid but can be very rewarding. From time to time vacancies will arise on the Corporation. If you feel that you could make a valuable contribution to your community and would be interested in becoming a College Governor, read on.

The Corporation is keen to ensure that its membership reflects the strategic needs of the College and the diversity of the community it serves by making sure there is an appropriate balance of skills and expertise on the Board.  We are always seeking potential Governors who will be available to fill vacancies as and when they arise. In the past we have done this by advertising in the local media, in addition to encouraging nominations from appropriate business, community and professional organisations when necessary.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor you should contact the Clerk to the Corporation who will provide you with further information regarding the College and the role of a Governor. If after receiving the information you are still interested in becoming a Member of the Corporation you will be required to complete a C.V. and attend an informal meeting with the Search Committee. The Search Committee will consider your skills and experience against the Governors' role description and specification, and to any identified gaps in the skills matrix of the Corporation membership. If the Search Committee found your skills and experience were relevant to the Corporation and there was a vacancy, a recommendation for appointment would go forward to the Corporation for approval. If there was no vacancy at that time, then your details would be held on file for future reference. If there were more than one candidate for a vacancy, each candidates suitability would be assessed and the person who is considered to possess the most desirable skills balance will be proposed.

New appointments are made with a defined probationary period, which may then be extended to a four year term after review.

All Governors have to fulfil basic eligibility criteria. Individuals who have been bankrupted or served prison sentences may not be eligible to become Governors. All Governors appointments are subject to disclosure of any financial or personal interests.

Derwentside College aims to ensure that all employees, learners and visitors are treated as individuals, regardless of age, disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, sexuality, trade union activity, unrelated criminal convictions, socio-economic background, or other relevant distinction.

We are determined to ensure that we treat all individuals fairly, with dignity and respect; that the opportunities we provide are open to all; that we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for employees, learners and visitors.

If you wish to contact us for more information about becoming a governor, please write to, or e-mail:


The Clerk to the Corporation

Derwentside College

Front Street


County Durham

DH8 5EE.

Tel 01207 585900