Join our Board of Governors

Exciting Opportunities to Join New College Durham Governing Body

Could you use your professional experience and passion for education to make a difference to over 5000 students a year?

New College Durham is looking for new members to join its governing body, the Corporation Board, to help us progress towards our vision and fulfil our goals.  We are a Higher and Further Education College with an outstanding reputation for delivering first class teaching and learning. This is reflected in our student achievement and retention rates which are consistently above the national average.

Our Board Members are vital to guaranteeing our students’ success. They help ensure that the College offers the best qualifications and has to the most up to date resources so our students develop the skills and knowledge that employers want.

As a Board Member you will use your skills and experience to help our Senior Leaders shape the College’s Strategy and meet our vision of becoming a leading provider in the North East region, nationally and internationally.  You contribute to the College’s wider strategic plan including finance, estates, IT, HR, curriculum, student experience and much more.

We welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds but are particularly seeking those with experience in higher education, finance, audit, healthcare and those with business, commercial or digital experience.

Linda Wight, Vice Chair, said: "I joined the board of New College Durham as I wanted to use and develop the skills I had to make a positive impact on the community.  Although education was not an area I had worked in previously, there was excellent training and support provided which helped me to develop my understanding of the sector.  

I work with a diverse range of people, from a wide range of professional backgrounds. This adds to the richness of the role and makes the personal benefits significant.  Overall, the role is immensely rewarding."

What we need

We are looking for people who can bring professional experience and insight to our boardroom table. We are ambitious, dynamic and forward thinking, and we hope you are too. 

What we can offer you

This is a voluntary role which offers great opportunities for personal and professional development. You will be part of a thriving organisation with an outstanding reputation and you will gain experience working alongside our Senior Leadership Team and Board Members from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, contact Emma Simson, Head of Governance & Corporation Secretary on (0191) 375 4011 or by email


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