Governance

The Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) Board plays an important role in setting the educational character and vision for the College.

Governors help to ensure that the College is well run and serves the needs of the local community by making decisions on key issues which help to raise standards. The Board approves the annual budget and the capital and investment strategy as well as the College's quality strategy. It is the employer of management and staff of the College.

The Board can have a maximum of 17 members; 12 independent governors, 2 staff governors, 2 student governors and the Principal. There are four full Board meetings each academic year, however the members may also be required to meet on other occasions such as for Governors' development events.

Governors are volunteers who receive no remuneration for their service, however they are entitled to claim reasonable expenses should they wish to do so.

Only Governors and senior management of RHACC normally attend meetings of the Board. Non-governors can attend the Board by invitation from the Principal after consultation with the Chair. Invitations are generally only made when there is a business requirement, or where the Chair has specifically given permission for the person to attend. The same attendance principles apply to Committees, although non-Governors can be appointed as committee members.

RHACC Committees

There are four Committees that report directly into the Board:

  • The Audit Committee
  • The Search & Governance Committee
  • The Finance & Resources Committee
  • The Quality & Standards Committee

The Audit Committee advises the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the College’s systems of internal control and its arrangements for risk management and securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

The Search & Governance Committee reviews all matters of governance, determines the range of skills and experience required on the Board, and approves and develops training programmes for the Governors. It is responsible for considering all matters relating to the recruitment of Governors, and their appointment and re-appointment. As the Committee's work is of a sensitive and often personal nature, its proceedings are largely confidential. The Remuneration Committee is a sub-committee of the Search and Governance Committee and deals primarily with remuneration of Senior Postholders.

The Finance & Resources Committee is responsible for the scrutiny of financial aspects of the College, along with equality & diversity, safeguarding, human resources and health & safety.

The Quality & Standards Committee reviews RHACC's quality strategy, the curriculum and its provision in the context of the educational character and mission of RHACC, compliance with internal and external quality assurance regulations (including self-assessment and inspection and the rules concerning the conduct of students.

Governance documents

Further information is available for inspection at the College:

Items classified as confidential are excluded from inspection.

Anyone wishing to inspect the items listed above should contact the Clerk:

The Clerk to the Governing Body

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College
Parkshot
Richmond upon Thames
Surrey
TW9 2RE
020 8891 5907

Email: neil.wallbank@rhacc.ac.uk

Copies of the Articles of Association can be obtained by application to the Clerk.

How to become a Governor

Join our Board of Governors and help to enrich lives through learning.

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) is a specialists in adult learning and has a wide range of courses and activities that help the community achieve its potential – at work, in life and for leisure.

As a College governor at RHACC, your insight, experience and ideas will have a positive impact on the learning journey of over 9,000 adults each year to improve their careers, wellbeing and life chances through a range of programmes designed especially for adults from all walks of life.

Governors will be expected to attend four board meetings each year, serve as a member of at least one sub-committee of the Board and attend at least three sub-committee meetings each year. The role of governor is voluntary; however reasonable expenses will be paid.

For further information on how to become a governor at RHACC please contact the Clerk:
Clerk to the Board
RHACC
Parkshot
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 2RE
Tel: 020 8891 5907

Email: neil.wallbank@rhacc.ac.uk