Become a Governor
The College is now looking to make a number of appointments to its Board of Governors to oversee the governance of our College and realise the aims of our exciting strategic plan. The role of Governor provides an important opportunity to contribute to the shape and development of the College, in supporting our students and staff and providing corporate governance that is effective and constructive.
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 a 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
The College’s 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 January 2021
- One nominated member of professional services staff – the latest professional services staff governor, was appointed in July 2020
- 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 officeholders. 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.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is registered under the Companies Act 2006 as a company limited by guarantee without 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.
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.
How we work
The Board of Governors meets on six occasions throughout the academic year. The Board conducts business through a group of 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.
These are our Committees and their Chairs:
Board of Governors
Chair: Jennifer Sims
Audit Committee – Terms of Reference November 2018
Chair: Don Massey
Estates Strategy Committee – Terms of Reference September 2018
Chair: Rod Brown
Finance and General Purposes (F&GP) Committee – FGPCommitteeTermsofReferenceSeptember2018.docx
Chair: Rogan Dixon
Governance Committee – Terms of Reference September 2018.docx
Chair: Professor Steven Spier
Remuneration Committee – Terms of Reference May 2018
Chair: Jennifer Sims