Governor Recruitment

Join our team

Our governors play a vital role in the success of the Hart Learning Group (HLG), providing a wealth of experience from across different social and professional backgrounds to ensure the group is well-run and high-achieving. We’re currently looking to build our Governance team – could you be part of the future of HLG?

We are keen to bring a range of perspectives to our Governance team, please do get in touch below if you are interested in any role within the team.

We’re also currently recruiting a Chairperson for our Finance Committee – could you bring the experience we need?

What does being a governor involve?

The main role of a governor is to ensure the effectiveness of the College and the Group. As such, your key priorities will be:

  • Ensuring there is clarity of the strategic vision, ethos, and values of the Group
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Group and that money is well spent
  • Holding the CEO and Principal to account for the educational performance of the Group

Governors are typically appointed to serve a four-year term.

Why become a governor?

Becoming a governor for the Hart Learning Group will not only ensure the effective running of the Group but also provides you with an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise whilst developing further skills.


  • A rewarding experience: being a governor allows you to give back to your community. As a governor of the HLG, you’ll have a direct influence on the lives of our 16-18 learner community and be able to make a difference in their college experience.
  • Share your skills: in your role as governor, you’ll bring your skills, experience, and expertise from your professional industry to the HLG, helping shape the strategic direction of the Group.
  • New networking opportunities: our diverse governor body will provide you with many networking opportunities, giving you fresh ideas, a chance to gain new perspectives, career advice, and space to share experience and information with other professionals.
  • Experience working at a strategic level: being a governor will give you expertise in a strategic leadership role, with responsibilities involving (but not limited to) budget control, data analysis for strategy development, and staff recruitment.
  • Build new skills: during your tenure as governor, you’ll develop professional skills including negotiation, problem-solving, teamwork, influencing, and decision-making.
  • Support your future development: being a governor has the potential to advance your career. Many use the opportunity to develop their skills ahead of career moves, particularly moves into non-executive director roles.

What skills can I bring to the Group?

We’re keen to welcome a diverse and broad range of skills from across all sectors of society and business to help shape and advise our organisation. We’re open to speaking to people from a range of industries and professional fields and would love to hear from you if you feel you can bring something to our team.

The overarching skills and abilities of a governor are defined by the DfE as:

Confident – Playing an active role on the board requires an independent mind and the confidence to express opinions when leading or contributing to courageous conversations.

Committed – Governors devote time and energy to a volunteer role, to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people. They should be prepared to give time, skills, and knowledge to developing both themselves and others to create highly effective governance.

Curious – An enquiring mind and analytical approach is essential for understanding the value of meaningful questioning.

Challenging – Governors should be able to challenge the status quo. A good governor will question information and data to find ways to improve.

Collaborative – A board of governors who are prepared to listen to each other and work in partnership, and who recognise the importance of building strong working relationships within the College community, creates the best possible outcomes for a governance group.

Critical – Through critical friendships, governors can both challenge and support processes and colleagues to drive improvements in both personal and board effectiveness.

Creative – Approaching governance with an open and creative mind allows governors to challenge conventional wisdom.

The differences between governance and management

The role of a governor is very different to that of a senior manager. These differences are summarised in the table below.

What do our governors say?

Interested in becoming a governor with HLG?

If you’re interested in bringing your experience and expertise to a governor role with the Hart Learning Group, please complete the contact form below. One of our team will be in touch for an informal chat to further discuss the opportunity and provide more information.

We welcome applications from candidates from all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Every new person who joins the Group as a governor brings a new perspective to our work in supporting learners in the community, and we’re committed to building an inclusive and supportive environment for our students and teams.

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