Corporate governance

Bedford College’s Governing Body is known as the Corporation. It is an exempt charity, formed by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The Corporation (sometimes called the Board) is responsible for setting the College’s strategic direction and ensuring that the College delivers excellent outcomes to students and the local community.

The powers and responsibilities of College Corporations are set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government; the Corporation also has to comply with the Financial Memorandum, Audit Code of Practice, Charities Act 2006 as well as general laws relating for example, to equality, health and safety, freedom of information and employment. The Corporation is currently made up of 18 members: the Chief Executive (who is a member ex-officio), two elected staff members, two elected student members and thirteen external members who are appointed from the local and business community and who bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Corporation. External members are initially appointed to the Corporation for a period of four years and can ask the Corporation to consider re-appointing them at the end of this period.

The Corporation is advised by the Clerk who is independent of college management and has access to independent professional advice.

» Roles & Responsibilities

As outlined previously, the Corporation’s statutory roles and responsibilities are mainly set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government. The Corporation is responsible for:

  • Determining the educational character and mission of the College and overseeing its activities.
  • Approving the quality strategy of the institution.
  • The effective management of resources to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets.
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • Employing senior post-holders, including their appointment, determination of pay and conditions, etc.
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The Corporation has a set of Standing Orders which are the rules by which it operates. These include the College's policy on public access to Corporation meetings and the rules of the Search Committee, which advises on appointments to the Board; there is also a Code of Conduct for members.

All members are required to declare financial and other interests, which are held by the Clerk in a Register open to inspection. In addition eligibility is confirmed on appointment and annually thereafter.

The Corporation meets at least once every term. To ensure that the Corporation can look at issues in detail it has established a number of advisory committees, each of which has a specific role and focus. All information about Board members, operational and procedural matters relating to the Corporation and the conduct of its business, and issues of governance practice can be accessed from the Clerk.

Contact the Clerk to the Corporation

Rachel Nicol
Clerk to the Corporation
Bedford College
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AH

Tel: 01234 291003

Agendas and minutes of the Board and its Committees are available online.

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