Our Governance

Rose Bruford College is supported by a team of committed and experienced governors who play an important non-executive role in the success of the College.

This section of our website will provide you with information about our Board, our governors and how you can join them in supporting Rose Bruford College.

The College’s Articles of Association set out the Board’s responsibilities:

6.7        The Board of Governors shall be responsible for:-

6.7.1 the determination of the educational character and mission of the College and for oversight of its activities;

6.7.2 the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and for safeguarding its assets;

6.7.3 approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;

6.7.4 by making regulations or Byelaws regulate the appointment, grading, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of and the assignment of duties to the holders of senior posts and such other staff as the Board of Governors may from time to time determine to be holders of senior posts.

6.7.5 The Board of Governors shall also have responsibility as employers for setting frameworks for the appointment, assignment, grading, appraisal, suspension and dismissal of and for the pay and conditions of service of other staff

From the start of the 2020/21 academic year it was agreed that the Estates Committee would meet on an ad hoc basis with ‘minor’ issues dealt with by F&GP Committee

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is registered under the Companies Act 2006, as a company limited by guarantee without a share capital and was incorporated in 1952 (00508616). The College is a registered charity, number 307907.  All governors are directors of the company and trustees of the charity.

The Board of Governors follows a rigorous process of self-evaluation and improvement.  Click here to access the Board’s Review of Effectiveness Practice. The Board of Governors also measures its efficacy against the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance (December 2018) .  The Board undertook a comprehensive review of its performance against the Code and reviewed the final report on outcomes in January 2016 where the Board noted that it was compliant in all the essential elements but that there were some elements of best practice that the College could adopt and these have been incorporated into the Governor Development Plan. 

The Board is committed to ensuring compliance with the CUC Remuneration Code relating to the payment of its senior post holders and has reviewed its practice against the Code.  The Board is compliant with the Code and the Board’s Remuneration Committee will be publishing further information on its methodology and outcomes.

Our Governors 

The College’s Articles of Association specify that the Board shall comprise not less than twelve and no more than twenty four members.  These shall include:

  • Up to twenty independent governors – the Board currently includes 15 independent governors
  • One nominated member of the academic staff – the latest academic staff governor was appointed in September 2017
  • One nominated member of the support staff – the latest support staff governor was appointed in September 2017
  • Two student governors – the Board appoints the current President of the Students’ Union to one governor post.  The Board is currently recruiting an additional student governor.

All Board members must be fit and proper persons and must:

  • Be of good character
  • Have the qualifications, competence, skills and experience that are necessary for their role
  • Be able by reason of their health, after reasonable adjustments are made, to properly perform the tasks of the office or position for which they are appointed.
  • Have not been responsible for, been privy to, contributed to, or facilitated, any serious misconduct or mismanagement (whether unlawful or not) in their employment or in the conduct of any entity with which they are or have been associated.

All Board members are required to confirm in writing that they will abide by the seven Nolan Principles which set the basis of ethical standards expected of public office holders.  All Board members are required to make an annual submission of all business interests and these are scrutinised by the College’s external auditors.

The College is proud to attract a wide range of talented and experienced individuals who dedicate considerable time and effort to support the College.  

Meet our Current Board of Governors

View the profiles of our current Board of Governors

Joining our Board

If you are interested in joining the Board of Rose Bruford College we would be delighted to hear from you. 

The College is seeking individuals with experience and expertise at a senior level, particularly in one or more of the following fields: the higher education sector, creative/performance industries, digital and data technology, human resources, fundraising/income generation, marketing, communications, and theatre and broadcasting industries.

Candidates will bring significant senior experience from private, public or not-for-profit sectors, a strong intellect and a willingness to challenge and interact continually with all members of the Board.  Candidates should have an affinity with the values of higher education; empathise with the aims and values of Rose Bruford College and have a commitment to widening access and equality of opportunity.

In order to apply, please email the following to Jim Benson (Governance Advisor) at :

  • A full CV
  • A short covering letter indicating the contribution you would bring to the Board
  • Contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission)

How we work

The Board of Governors meets on six occasions throughout the academic year.  The Board conducts business through a group of four sub-committees which are each chaired by an independent governor.  The Development Working Group which focuses on fundraising reports to the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

A list of Committees and Chairs is below. Please click here to download a structure chart. 

Board of Governors
Chair: Monisha Shah

Audit Committee
Chair: George Littlejohn
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Estates Strategy Committee
Chair: Rod Brown
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Finance and General Purposes Committee
Chair: Rogan Dixon
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Governance Committee
Chair: Kathryn Southworth
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Remuneration Committee
Chair: Jennifer Sims
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Other useful documents:

  • Articles of Association
  • Annual report and Financial Statements (available in the Downloads section of this page.)