Chief Executive & Principal

Job Roles:
CEO/Managing Director, Principal, Chief Executive Officer - FE related roles
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
North West
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
c. £135,000 + TPS/LGPS Pension + Relocation Allowance
9th Jan 2020
Start Date:
Job Ref:

SK College Group is the corporate identifier of St Helens College (legal entity and employer) and is used to describe the organisation formed from the merger, in late 2017, of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College.

With an annual turnover of £30million, c. 12,000 students and c. 500 fte staff we provide services across the diverse Boroughs of St Helens and Knowsley and we have outstanding learning facilities in both Boroughs.

Our Board has built on the positive reputations of both pre-merger organisations and is seeking to strengthen this consolidation through strong leadership at an executive level. There have been some well documented post-merger financial and qualitive challenges but great strides have been made by the current management team that have been recognised by the FE Commissioner. Student 16-18 numbers are growing, and the College has successfully re-registered on the RoATP.

We have a proud history, a vibrant future and a sound business plan to chart our way forward. Our Board is looking for an experienced Principal and Chief Executive who can lead the organisation on the next stage of its transformational journey providing sustained performance, growth and improvement.

You will be an experienced senior leader with a background in education and clearly demonstrate that you can lead the College through this significant transformational period and beyond. You may already be an established CEO/Principal in another College or an outstanding Principal or aspirational Deputy Principal, who has the capacity to make this final jump to lead a college in your own right. You may be currently working within the wider Education and Training sector(s) looking for a new challenge but regardless you will have a vision and passion for the learners we serve and a commercial approach that will enable the College to grow sustainably in the future. To be successful you must have significant experience of driving improvement in quality and outcomes. In addition, the successful candidate will need to be able to articulate and demonstrate how they can develop the College further and drive growth across 2 local authorities and a devolved City region.

In return, the College offers a progressive market rate salary package, generous benefits, and a supportive Board of Governors, underpinned by superb staff and students of whom they are justifiably proud.

Closing date: Monday 3rd February 2020 @ 12.30pm

The Assessment Centre is scheduled for the 11th and 12th March 2020.

SK College Group has appointed Protocol to support the recruitment of this position and for an informal and confidential discussion about this role contact Protocol’s David Beynon (07970 042334) or Ian Sackree (07795 271559). A conversation with the existing interim Principal and Chief Executive Monica Box is also encouraged.

To find out how to apply for this role and to download an application pack visit:

SK College Group is committed to Equality and Diversity.

SK College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, students and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Tel: 07970 042334
Contact: David Beynon

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