Becoming a Governor

The Board of Gloucestershire College is the governing body, responsible for shaping the education and future of GC students. Its members work to create the best possible environment and opportunity for all who work and learn with the College.

By joining, you can contribute to this diverse and dynamic organisation. You will help to shape skills development to meet the needs of employers and local industry. Your work will change lives.

We encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Benefits For You

The Board is drawn from people who live and work in the area that the College serves. You can contribute your skills and talents and give something back to your community. The role brings the reward of making a real difference and enables you to widen your experience and achieve personal growth

Professional rewards include boardroom experience, adding to your CV, and making a positive step towards long-term career development.

Find out more from Inspiring Governors.

Who is on the Board?

Our Board Members are a dedicated group of volunteers from local businesses, community groups, staff, students and the local authority.

We are committed to representing the community in which we operate and we value diversity in skills and experience.

Your Commitment

The Board meets at least once a term, at either the Cheltenham or Gloucester Campus on a Thursday at 4.00pm. 

The sub-committees meet 4-7 times a year in the early evening; each governor is expected to serve on one committee as well as the main Board.

You can get an idea of what takes place at these meetings by looking at the minutes.

The Process

The Governance Search Committee must consider potential Board members, prior to being proposed to the Board of Governors.

We invite new members to an induction session to find out more about the role of the Governor. At a later stage, new Board members are given the opportunity to attend training activities and a conference to develop their knowledge and skills.

Further Information

For more information please contact the Clerk to the Board of Governors. We can send you an information pack, or discuss informally how you could contribute to the life of this exciting and challenging organisation.

This is an unpaid position, but travel expenses and, if appropriate, a carer’s allowance, may be claimed for attendance at meetings.

Comments from Governors on the Role:

“I highly recommend the experience - it’s incredibly rewarding, meetings are fast paced and never short of humour.”

“Incredibly interesting.”

“The meetings are formally structured and deal with serious issues, but yet are lively, with no shortage of humour. As a member you are made to feel very welcome and your viewpoint is valued. Do it for the experience – you will play a part in important College decisions if you do….”

“I find it absorbing, worthwhile and with the great fellowship of co-governors, SMT and students, richly rewarding.”

“It's thoroughly interesting and captivating learning about the intricate processes that take place behind the scenes to enable the College to be able to open its doors.”

“I enjoy sharing my experience of encouraging teams of people to excel.”

Views of a New Member:

“I have a wide and varied business background and a lot of experience of developing people and teams. I hope to bring constructive challenge and help to develop ideas that will bring benefits to the college and its students and staff.”

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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