the boardroom at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Becoming a Governor

East Durham College is a Further Education College and has a Governing Body, sometimes referred to as a 'Corporation' or 'Board'.

The main purpose of the Governing Body is to decide the overall strategic direction and educational character of the College and ensure its overall well-being and financial solvency.

More specifically, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Determining and reviewing the educational character and mission of the College and for the oversight of its activities
  • Publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and oversight of its activities
  • Approving a Quality Strategy for the College
  • Ensuring that public money is spent appropriately and the College continues to be financially solvent
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • Appointing and determining the pay and conditions of service of the College’s Principal, other senior postholders and Clerk
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff. 

The Corporation or Governing Body at East Durham College consists of 16 Members.

There are:

Four internal members

  • The Principal 
  • A Staff Member, who is nominated and elected by the Staff at the College; and
  • Two Student Members who are nominated and elected by the Students at the College

12 external members 

External members can be from any background. The Search Committee of the Corporation makes recommendations to the Board on applicants that it considers have the appropriate skills to assist the Corporation in carrying out its responsibilities. It also ensures that the composition of the Board reflects the broad interests of key stakeholder groups.

Members of the Corporation are voluntary and the positions are unpaid. (Members can claim out of pocket expenses for attendance at conferences and seminars.) The Student Members usually serve for one year, Staff Members for two years and the term of office for External Members is usually for four years. Governors can be re-appointed after their first term of office. Members are expected to attend meetings of the Full Board (usually five per year) and at least two training sessions a year.

A governor role description can be accessed at the bottom of our Governance Documents page.

The Corporation currently does not have any vacancies for External Members but does have a reserve list of people interested in future vacancies.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Governor at East Durham College or who has any queries in connection with the above, should contact:

Recruitment Manager
Human Resources
East Durham College
Willerby Grove
Co. Durham

Or email HR at or call 0191 518 5525.