3rd Party Governance Services
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RSM is the leading external auditor to colleges, making significant investment in supporting the FE sector for many years. Our size enables us to offer a breadth of experience and depth of expertise to our clients, without forgetting the importance of a personal relationship and quality of service.
“The audit principal and the team always provide clear audit plans and reports, and provide good levels of continuity in the audit teams each year, whilst being able to communicate and challenge constructively at Audit Committee. We would not hesitate in recommending RSM as external auditors” Steve Coulthard, Chief Financial Officer, Chichester College Group.
All of our teams have an extensive knowledge of the sector, maintained through our significant investment and a strict internal authorisation policy. By understanding our clients we are best placed to share good practice and add value during the audit. We present findings directly to governors, enabling effective two-communication and challenge.
Please visit RSM’s website https://www.rsmuk.com/what-we-offer/by-industry/education to find out more.
RSM work with further education institutions to offer assurance and advisory services through the delivery of internal audit services; focusing on risk, governance and internal control. As the lead provider of internal audit services to FE, we provide insight, benchmarking and the sharing of good practice to our clients.
"RSM provides internal audit services to my current and previous college. The team are very experienced in further education (FE) and the recommendations are always constructive and add value. I have been very pleased with the service provided". Jennifer Eastham, Vice Principal - Finance and Corporate Services, Blackburn College
Sharing governance insights from the wider education, not for profit and corporate sectors ensures our clients are kept abreast of evolving good governance and reporting practices. RSM’s work on board assurance frameworks has helped colleges further define their governance assurance needs and support their vision and mission to provide education.
Please visit RSM’s website https://www.rsmuk.com/what-we-offer/by-industry/education to find out more.
Boardroom Software Providers
Board Intelligence provides the closest experience to paper with the power of collaboration technology. Simple and easy to use and designed to handle the idiosyncrasies of late papers and last-minute updates, it is the only software solution that enables you to optimise your agendas and the quality of board papers.
“Collating packs used to take two hours. It now only takes 20 minutes! I would not go back to paper – Board Intelligence is very intuitive and allows Governors to have all documents at their fingertips”
Colleges which have introduced Board Intelligence state it has:
- Saved time, money and allowed Governors to focus on the board pack rather than worrying about how they access it
- Allowed the secretariat team to manage their time more effectively, managing late papers remotely rather than staying late at work
- Provided more timely information as Governors receive their packs instantly
Please visit https://www.boardintelligence.com/ to find out more.
The Governors' Virtual Office (GVO) platform allows Governors to securely collaborate and work together, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their Governance processes - from accessing meeting papers in a simple and secure way through to an automated process for approving and publishing policies for public, staff and student access.
Comments can be added at a document level, providing sound evidence of strategic discussion, division making and approvals. Governors can download a full meeting pack with a single click as well as staying up to date with a discussion thread by subscribing to live notifications.
The administrative side of Governance is managed centrally including Governor Records, Register of Interests, Training Records, Meeting Attendance Reporting and a fully integrated Skills Audit – all of which can be exported to meet statutory reporting requirements and avoid duplication.
The GVO Support team are available to provide bespoke training and support to all GVO users via a dedicated support desk:
"Thank you - that's impressively good and speedy support for a product which is already very much appreciated and making a huge positive difference to being a governor."
Our pricing is extremely competitive and offers excellent value for money, with full details available via our website: www.thegvoffice.com
ibabs board portal is your single source of truth. Our board portal solution streamlines your entire meeting process, offering a robust ecosystem for managing meetings from start to finish. We offer a comprehensive suite of features including digital document management, video conferencing, voting, and automated follow-ups on action items, making it the go-to portal for board matters.
For meeting administrators, iBabs significantly reduces preparation time. Agendas can be quickly created, even directly from Outlook. Documents are auto-converted to PDFs in seconds, and the efficient document management system ensures everyone accesses the latest version, eliminating distribution hassles. Governors and meeting attendees can focus on critical discussions, thanks to features like document annotations and offline access from any device. The intuitive traffic light system in iBabs ensures meticulous follow-up on decisions and actions.
Security is paramount; iBabs protects your data with 256-bit AES encryption and complies with ISO 27001, ISO 27002, and GDPR, hosting servers securely within the EU. Join over 300,000 users across 3,000 organizations to facilitate easier, more efficient meetings with iBabs.
The portal is entirely cloud based and requires no IT implementation whatsoever. As well as being available on any device, with applications on both IOS and Android, there is also a strong access control system. See download below for further iformation
Stone King LLP
National law firm Stone King has a dedicated and talented 80-strong Education Team, passionate about supporting the mission of colleges. Spread across six offices nationwide, its team of specialist lawyers offer local support with the strength that comes from being part of a firm which is rated in the Top 200 by The Lawyer, the only national law firm top ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 for both education and charities, and the only firm in the country almost exclusively focussed on education and the third sector.
•Governance advice, support and reviews, delivered by expert Governance Professionals with the backing of lawyers who are leaders in their fields
•Supporting colleges in both positive and challenging situations
•Helping with key stakeholder communications and conducting negotiations, including the ESFA at local and national levels, the OfS, Ofqual and Awarding Bodies
•Negotiating funding arrangements, for example with DfE, local enterprise partnerships and banks
•Student related issues
•Shared and managed services
•Collaboration/joint venture arrangements, social enterprise initiatives and place-based solutions
•Commercial contracts - e.g. with suppliers and employers
•Education contracts - e.g. apprenticeships and subcontracted provision
•Equality and diversity advice
•Estates issues - land sales, purchases, taking and granting leases, estate management
•Construction and facilities management
•Information law (data protection and freedom of information)
•Innovative cost effective packaged services, including: - governance support - information law - employment law and HR retainer - legal retainer
Key contact and more information
Stone King’s national Head of FE Tom Morrison can be contacted here. More information about the firm, including case studies from Stone King’s recent work, can be obtained here.
Improving Diversity in Governance.
AoC has over 20 years’ experience of recruiting talented leaders for colleges. We can work with you to build a strong governing body, one that is representative of the communities you serve and with a broad skill set, so your college can be led in the most effective way.
Our experienced team proactively identify the best candidates from the FE sector and beyond, providing a rigorous assessment process to ensure that your college continues to go from strength to strength. If you would like to discuss how we can support your college, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our flyer is available to download below.
Inspiring Governance connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools and colleges in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as school governors.
Ready to start recruiting? Download our Guidance for Recruiters and User guide for Inspiring Governance, which shows you step-by-step how to find and message volunteers interested in becoming governors, and post your vacancies on the Inspiring Governance site.
Peridot Partners is the further education sector’s leading supplier of governance recruitment, having successfully placed more than 140 experts to the boards of GFE and sixth-form colleges. We work across England, in all regions, and prioritise non-executive appointments recognising the vital role the Board plays in supporting the organisation’s ambitions.
“Peridot researchers contacted an extremely wide field and came up with an astonishingly impressive list of candidates. One applicant told us that they felt the whole process had been a pleasure. In summary, I can’t recommend Peridot highly enough. Thank you all so much!”
When you talk to us about service improvement, partnership development, external funding, strategic planning, structural reorganisation, leadership and organisational development, we know what we’re talking about because of our experience of being leaders and governors within education ourselves. We’re now expert recruiters who will fulfil your requirements – whether you’re looking for a Trustee for a multi-academy trust, or CEO and Principal for a college in financial turmoil.
Please visit our website for more information and contact details: www.peridotpartners.co.uk
Nurole is the UK's market leader in board level hiring and our largest and fastest growing sector is education; we made over 250 board placements in the education sector in 2022. Nurole offers the same level of support as a traditional search firm but we combine search expertise with a powerful, digital platform that matches roles with our pool of 60,000+ pre-vetted network of board leaders. This open hiring methodology casts the net wider and results in higher quality, more diverse fields of candidates and a more inclusive process.
Nurole's education practice works with Further Education Colleges and College Groups across England; we understand the challenges facing the sector and the importance of strong governance. Working with clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors across the UK, our reach is unparalleled and Nurole can just as easily help you to access candidates with a background in finance, legal, HR, estates, digital or local business leadership as we are in the education sector itself.
Other recruiters include:
- FE Associates
- Gatenby Sanderson
- The Good Board
- Reach Volunteering
- Women on Boards
- Governors for Schools
- National Association of Black Governors
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