Becoming a Governor

Are you interested in shaping the strategy and character of your local Further Education college?

Boston College are always interested in hearing from members of the community who would like to join the Board of Governors and help achieve the vision 'to be a brilliant college'.

The College Governors make an important contribution to the life of the College and its students, helping to ensure that it is well run and meets the needs of the local community.

The College is keen that its governing body represents the local community. We want to ensure that there are people of different ages and from different backgrounds with varied experience, skills and commitment to help ensure that Boston College is achieving its strategic priorities and meeting the needs of its stakeholders.

You may have experience in business or finance, in community service, in the voluntary sector or have a background in education.

There is not one type of person best suited to become a Boston College Governor. The most important thing is that you have a genuine interest in the way that Further Education can and should meet the needs of the people it serves, and a desire to contribute to the life of the College.


The role of a governor is a voluntary one and you will not be paid a salary. However, we are keen that people are not out of pocket as a result of taking on the role so you can claim travel expenses, and possibly other expenses in order to reduce barriers to becoming a governor.

There are considerable personal benefits of becoming a governor:

  • Giving something back to your community
  • Gaining new skills and experience that may help to enhance your career
  • Taking responsibility with your fellow governors for a multi-million pound budget, for a large estate, for hundreds of staff and thousands of students
  • Making challenging decisions to provide first class learning

Main Purpose

To contribute to the academic direction, strategic planning and mission of Boston College; supporting the decisions of the Corporation on the basis of collective responsibility.

Main duties and Responsibilities

1. To comply with the provisions of the following documents as they apply to the role of members of the corporation; Instrument and Articles of Government, The Financial Memorandum, The Code of Conduct, Boston College Financial Regulations and Financial Procedures and Standing Orders

2To act in the best interest of the Corporation of Boston College.

3. To read all papers sent prior to a meeting to ensure a full and informal debate and decision making process.

4. To give priority to attending meetings and support decisions of the corporation and its committees.

5To participate in the annual review of performance of the corporation.

6To act as an ambassador of the College within the community.

If you would like further information on the role of a governor at Boston College, please read 'Become a Governor at Boston College'. 

How to Apply?

If you would like to apply to be a governor at Boston College, you can do so by emailing the Clerk to the Corporation on, who will send you a skills audit form to complete.

The Search Committee consider all applications and will consider issues such as skills and expertise gaps, balance of gender, ethnicity, and how well membership reflects the communities served by the College and try to enhance the quality of governance at the College.

If your application is considered, you will be invited to an interview and the Search Committee will then decide which name is to be put forward to the Board for consideration and formal appointment. A full DBS check will also need to be carried out.

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