All colleges in England have a governing board. The size varies but is usually in the range of 10-18 members. The governing board consists of highly committed external members who are volunteers, drawn from a range of backgrounds including business, local government and education, alongside staff and student members. Each member serves for a pre-determined length of office, usually 3 or 4 years. After this re-appointment for one additional term of office can be an option.

The governing board oversees the strategic direction of the college. It appoints senior post holders who are responsible for running the college on a day-to-day basis. The governing board is also expected to:

  • Ensure the solvency of the college
  • Safeguard public funds and assets
  • Approve the annual budget
  • Determine the college mission.