Become a Director/Governor

Further enhance our community by offering your skills and experience. Would you like to play a key role in helping Huish enhance its position as a high quality education provider?

Huish is a group of six educational organisations based in Taunton that spans primary, secondary and further education committed to delivering exceptional education for all. We have an enviable reputation in the local area built upon a long history of excellence.

These organisations work closely together in order to provide a wide range of opportunities to ensure that all students maximise their potential and develop aspirations beyond their expectations. All our organisations are guided by a set of core values that clearly set out the expectations for all members of our community including our Church Schools.

The ambition is for all the organisations within Huish to retain their individual autonomy in order that they can best serve their local communities whilst also benefitting from the collective advantages of working closely with other likeminded partners.

Why do we need Governors and Directors?
These roles are concerned with driving issues at strategic level. You will bring an outside perspective to the running of the group or an educational institution within it, ask the what, why, how and when of our leadership teams. Their skills as educators will be complemented by your skills, which can originate from a wide range of professions and life experiences.

We are seeking innovative and dynamic individuals who will share in our vision and help us deliver our ambitions. Whilst we consider applications from individuals from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to hear from people with skills, experience and expertise for the following positions:

Huish College Audit Committee Co-optee Governor
The Audit Committee covers all areas of the College and is not limited to finance.
• Knowledge of internal and external audit functions
• Experience in risk management
• Act as a critical friend with Board level experience
• Have the ability to challenge objectively and strategically with an independent mind-set

Huish Trust Academic Quality Committee Directors
• Interest in education and a commitment to the vision of Huish Trust
• Knowledge of Primary and/or Secondary school curriculum
• Management skills gained from the business or voluntary sector
• Ability to question and challenge
• Ability to be objective and see other points of view
• Numerate and confident in the use of data to inform planning and decision-making
• Ability to analyse statistical information
• Good inter-personal skills and a team player

Huish Trust Finance and Audit Committee Directors
The Committee considers and advises the Board of Directors on all aspects of the Trust’s finances, financial policies, controls and strategy and is looking for people with the following skills, experience and expertise:

• Monitoring and managing both revenue and capital budgets at a strategic level
• Procurement and contract management
• Internal and external audit functions
• Risk management
• Board level experience
• Ability to act as a critical friend and provide objective and independent challenge
• Interest in education and a commitment to the vision and values of the Huish Trust.

We actively promote equal opportunities and encourage applicants from all sections of the community.

Can you help us make a difference?
The roles are voluntary, although travel expenses will be reimbursed. Time commitment depends on the specific role but it is normally around five scheduled meetings a year with possibly additional committee meetings. These meetings are generally held at the relevant educational institution between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Additional attendance may be required at training sessions and specific strategic planning events.

What’s in it for you?
We will of course be drawing on your talents and experience to the benefit of our students but there are many things that you will gain. Not only will you feel a sense of making a difference to the community but your responsibilities will require you to absorb a wide range of issues, some quite possibly outside of your current experiences and could be a positive step for longer term career development. We are committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and would positively encourage applications from suitably experienced individuals who might be from groups currently under represented.

To apply please complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form together with a covering letter addressed to the Central Services and Compliance Manager. Alternatively you can download a paper copy of the application form. We are happy to receive applications online, by post or by email to CV’s and incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

Richard Huish Education Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. These positions require a criminal background check via the disclosure procedure.

All enquiries should be directed to:
Richard Huish College, South Road,
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3DZ.
Phone: 01823 320 800