Becoming a Governor

Are you interested in becoming a Governor of Hereford College of Arts?



The College

Hereford College of Arts is the only specialist college in the West Midlands dedicated to the provision of an accessible range of Art, Media, Design, Performing Arts and Music courses in both Further and Higher Education.  The college has built up positive reserves and is in a healthy financial position. It currently has approximately 600 Further Education students and 400 Higher Education students. Established in the city of Hereford in 1851 the college has a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching and offers a supportive and responsive environment in which individuals may grow and flourish. This gives focus to the curriculum, the staffing and the resources of the college and provides a distinctive ethos and approach to all of its educational activity. The college offers a wide range of academic levels within this focussed subject area, from entry level work with schools through to honours degree level courses. Connection between these levels and the opportunity this provides for progression is an important unifying theme of all activity.  The college has students ranging from 14 years old to mature students.  

The Corporation

The governing body, its legal term is the Corporation, was established by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and is responsible for the overall functioning of the college. 
There are eighteen members of the governing body, including the Principal, Staff and Student Governors. Governors are appointed, initially, for a four-year period of office (except Student Governors who are appointed for the duration of their course). At the end of this period, governors may be appointed for a second four-year term.



The role of governors is outlined in the:
Summary of a governor’s role
Role description and person specification

This is a voluntary role requiring energy, motivation and a commitment to attend around ten meetings each year.  Our governors have a variety of backgrounds and use their combined experience and strategic thinking collectively to make a crucial contribution to the future of the College. Independent members are drawn from a range of backgrounds including business, education, local government and the community.  

Personal qualities required to be a Governor

• Prospective governors should have the following characteristics:
• A real interest in Further and Higher Education
• Belief in the value of arts education
• Skills and experience that will benefit the College
• A commitment to act as an advocate for the College and to act in the best interests of the College at all times
• A commitment to working with integrity, openness and honesty

The College is an equal opportunities organisation and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. Governor appointments are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The Board welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Training and development

The College is very aware that both new, and existing Governors, should have access to a full programme of training and support to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively and with confidence.  Upon appointment governors are assigned and mentor and given induction training.  Further training and briefings are provided for governors throughout the year.

How to apply

Please complete the application form returning to Linda Watkins, Clerk to the Governors, Hereford College of Arts, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LT or email lwatkins@hca.ac.uk  Alternatively phone Linda for an informal discussion 01432 379351.