How to become a Governor

Our Governing Body (known as Hugh Baird Corporation) works as a team to set the strategic direction of the College and is made up of representatives from a variety of backgrounds and sectors and their experience and skills enable them to lead and direct the College. We would like to recruit members from industry and the financial sector to join us and help shape the College for the future.

Whilst this is a voluntary role, we do provide refreshments at meetings and pay authorised expenses for all governors to attend meetings. The Corporation usually meets 7 times per year on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. and holds an Annual Planning Conference (this year's being held on 8th February 2019). All governors are expected to attend and participate in as many meetings of the Corporation as possible and to join and support one of the Committees. Committee meetings are also held on Wednesdays late afternoon / early evening and each Committee meets 4-5 times a year.

Governors at Hugh Baird have some clear responsibilities in law, which include:

  • Setting, monitoring and reviewing the mission of the College and overseeing its activities
  • Approving the quality strategies
  • Making sure that the College’s resources are well managed and that it is financially stables
  • Approving the annual budgets
  • Managing the terms and conditions for certain senior management positions and setting the framework for the pay and conditions of all other staffs

All governors receive induction and regular training in their role and responsibilities and there is the opportunity for new governors to receive additional mentoring support from an experienced governor. Governors can also access our library and learning centres and training and development needs are reviewed regularly to make sure that all governors have the support they need to be effective leaders. We operate a link governor scheme which allows governors with specific interests and or skills to link with one or more of our programme areas and meet regularly with managers, staff and students in that area.:

Whilst there are some conditions attached to appointment relating to criminal record checks and eligibility these will be clearly explained to anyone wishing to apply. Governors at Hugh Baird are committed to the highest standards and have adopted a code of conduct which sets clear standards for behaviour both inside and outside the Boardroom. All governors are bound to act in the best interests of the Corporation and are charitable trustees.:

Hugh Baird is working hard to provide outstanding teaching, learning and opportunities for the community it serves and we would welcome applications from individuals with experience based in industry and the financial sectors who feel that they could help us achieve our goals. If you are interested in applying to become a governor please email Anne-Marie Nixon, Director of Governance, who will advise you about the application process on