Up to 4 years


Estimated 10 hours per month

Become a Capel Manor College Governor, help change the environment and support people into employment

Thank you for taking an interest in becoming a Governor at London’s only specialist environmental and land-based college.

Capel Manor College operates six campuses, gardens, a brilliant organic farm, two zoos and other animal collections, which brings in an income of £15m and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The College attracts a keen and vibrant body of around 3,000 students, being a mixture of school leavers and adults studying up to degree level.

Capel Manor College plays a vital role in the green agenda for the capital, equipping the next generation of land-based sector workers with the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve and protect London’s wildlife, national parks and green spaces, whilst taking great pride in its support for the environment and local communities.

Capel Manor College is a diverse college that strives to be outstanding in everything it does and welcomes applicants who share these values. This exciting opportunity would see you sharing and developing your knowledge, whilst positively influencing Capel Manor College’s students, staff and London’s green future.

What’s in it for you?

This voluntary role brings many fulfilling and professional rewards such as senior boardroom experience, shaping the strategy and ethos of the College and a positive step towards your long-term career development. Capel Manor College has exceptional partnerships including the Royal Agricultural University, The Royal Parks, the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and the Royal Veterinary College.

As a Capel Manor College Governor, you can attend public and private events at its London campuses where you will enjoy our award-winning gardens, zoos, organic farms (and produce) and can embrace nature in all its educational forms.

Who will be an ideal candidate?

We are reaching out to people from any background and any stage in their career and welcome a broad range of skills to the board. However, we also require some more specialist knowledge, to support and enlighten the board and senior leaders, in legal services, human resources, fundraising, specialist vocational areas (such as floristry or animal science), or Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) provision.

Capel Manor College is committed to being open, fair and valuing diversity and inclusion and so are keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to represent the creativity and diversity that is at the heart of London. Based on its current board profile, the College has identified there is under-representation at the governance level of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds; people with disabilities and; from the LGBTQ community. In support of its commitment to increase representation across its senior decision making groups to better represent the communities that Capel Manor College serves, we particularly welcome applications from these groups.

When will you be required?

The College follows a traditional governance model of committee meetings each term, and there are three full board meetings each year sometimes with a campus tour. Capel Manor College’s Governors tend to devote around 10 hours each month and your time will be of value to the College, whether it be attending meetings in person or via remote engagement.

If you have any of the specialist skills required but cannot commit to a full board role, there may also be opportunities for you to get involved as a co-opted part-time member of our committees.

How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to make a real difference, please email your CV with a brief introduction, or for an informal chat about the role, please contact:

Joanne Coffey
Clerk to the Corporation and Company Secretary
Mobile: 07947 034 100

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