The College and Corporation Board
Cornwall College is a college for further education incorporated under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The college is an exempt charity as defined in the Charities Act 2011.
It has a Corporation Board which comprises twenty governors including the Chief Executive Officer, Dave Linnell. The Board, with the senior college management, makes the strategic decisions about the College. Governors are unpaid and act in a voluntary capacity.
Responsibilities of governors
Governors have six main responsibilities as set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government:
- determination of the character and strategic direction of the College
- approving the quality strategy
- efficient and effective use of resources, safeguarding the college assets and the solvency of the College
- approving the annual estimates of income and expenditure
- terms and conditions of service of the CEO, senior postholders and Clerk
- setting a framework for the employment of all other staff.
The Board meets five times a year and operates through a committee system. There are college councils for the six main sites which are sub-committees of the Corporation Board. The college has a subsidiary company, CCMS (2000) Ltd, trading as Concorde Recruitment.
Staff and student involvement
The Corporation encourages staff and student involvement through membership of formal committees. There are two staff and two student members on the Corporation Board and they are each given an opportunity to present their views at every meeting. In addition the Corporation operates six local College Councils, which provide a direct link between the local colleges and the Corporation, and each College Council includes two staff and two students in its membership.
The Corporation considers good communication with its staff to be very important and to this end produces campus circulations, termly Principal forums on each campus and all staff bulletins.
The Corporation gathers learner views through a variety of mechanisms. Regular independent whole college learner views surveys are carried out with key findings and outcomes reported to the Corporation.
Cornwall College Student Union (CCSU) operates a course representative system for gaining learner feedback and has its own Board of Trustees which reports through to the Corporation. In 2012 CCSU and the College won the Learning and Skills Improvement Service national award for ‘Innovative Approaches to the Learner Voice’ .
Public Access to Meetings
Members of the public, including representatives of the press or media, will not be admitted to meetings of the Corporation Board or its committees. In exceptional circumstances, the Corporation Board or a committee may decide (by a majority vote) to allow public attendance for all or part of a particular meeting.
NOTE: Members of the public are defined as anyone who is not a member of the Board, Corporation Secretary or any member of staff, student or officer invited by the Chair to attend for a specific purpose.
The Board is committed to ensuring that the business of the Board and of the College is conducted openly and with accountability. The Corporation's policies and procedures set out good practice and guidance in the day-to-day conduct of the College and to manage risk. In the interests of good governance the Whistleblowing Policy, which is an essential part of the internal control mechanism, provides an additional safeguard against fraud, corruption or malpractice which the College takes seriously.
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