Recruiting a governor

This page is intended primarily to support clerks who are recruiting new governors. The resources includes templates, case studies and good practice examples that clerks may wish to use to develop and improve their own college's recruitment process. 

Guidance and support

A Practical Guide to Improving the Diversity of College Boards (PDF,359.24 KB)

Recruitment of staff, student and parent governors (PDF,191.74 KB)

SGOSS and Inspiring FE Governance both offer free governor recruitment services. 

SGOSS has many years’ experience of recruiting governors. SGOSS will review each application made through its site and then seek to identify colleges where the applicant’s skills and experience most closely match vacancies on the board. They will also provide support to both applicants and colleges throughout the period of mutual consideration.

Inspiring FE Governance is a free service dedicated to finding individuals with the right skills to serve on FE Boards in England, including chairs of finance committees. Board members are committed volunteers who have a similar role to company non-executive directors. The service is funded by the Education and Training Foundation and run by Educations and Employers, an independent Charity. 

Case Studies

These case studies illustrate different approaches to recruiting governors taken by colleges.

Using SGOSS to recruit a college business governor (PDF,168.83 KB)

Recruitment case study - Queen Alexandra College.pdf (PDF,155.83 KB)

Developing a new strategy to recruit governors (PDF,148.35 KB)

Best practice materials

These materials have been obtained from colleges by clerks and made available here as examples of best practice.


Example policy for governor succession planning (PDF,161.7 KB)

Example policy for governor recruitment and succession planning (PDF,87.69 KB)

Example policy for the recruitment and selection of governors (PDF,785.25 KB)


Example governor recruitment pamphlet (PDF,3.54 MB)

Example Staff Governor poster (PDF,438.76 KB)

Example of an advert for a governor (PDF,52.62 KB)

Example of a prospectus for the recruitment of governors (PDF,878.1 KB)

Example of a governor's person specification (PDF,81.2 KB)

Example of questions for prospective governor interview (PDF,103.04 KB) (NB this is taken from a Christian college so includes faith based questions which would not be relevant for many colleges)

Example of a confirmation letter for governor appointment (PDF,152.8 KB)