Corporate governance

The Bedford College Group has a governing body (the Corporation) which guides and monitors the strategic direction of the Group. The legal entity is known as “Bedford College” and is an exempt charity for the purposes of Part 3 of the Charities Act 2011.

The Corporation is responsible for

  • The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of The Bedford College Group and for the oversight of its activities.
  • Approving the quality strategy for educational provision.
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, solvency and safeguarding of assets.
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • The appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay of senior post holders, including the Director of Governance.
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other college staff.

View our Instrument and Articles of Government


To help members of the Corporation carry out these responsibilities and duties more effectively, committees have been established. They enable members to use their skills and knowledge to review, monitor and evaluate issues in depth. Committees make decisions and provide advice to the Corporation in accordance with established terms of reference. 

The Bedford College Group subsidiaries

The Bedford College Group has 3 wholly owned subsidiaries. These companies are run by separate boards of non-executive directors but link with the Corporation to support delivery of The Bedford College Group’s strategic aims: 

Aston Recruitment & Training Limited offer dedicated apprenticeship training in Northamptonshire.

Bedford College Services Limited (BCS) oversees hospitality and commercial activities.

Bedford College Professional Services Limited (BCPS) provides personnel to support The Bedford College Group operations.

In addition, Bedford College is a founder and sponsor member of Bedford College Academies Trust Limited (BCAT) which opened two new schools, Wixams Academy and Wixams Tree Primary, in September 2017. The Corporation has ongoing responsibilities as a member of BCAT for the appointment of directors, oversight of governance arrangements and approval of the accounts.

Our governors

The Corporation consists of up to 15 external members, 2 staff and 2 student governors together with the Principal & CEO.

View more information about our Corporation members (Governance)

Become a governor or non-executive director at The Bedford College Group

The Bedford College Group is always looking for individuals with varying skills and business or organisational experience to join the Corporation and boards of subsidiary companies. We believe that today’s boards inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

These roles, although voluntary, can also provide valuable board and strategic leadership experience to enhance individuals’ own professional development. We are eager to welcome people from all backgrounds and identities and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and experienced individuals.

Should you have any questions about governance at The Bedford College Group or are interested in becoming a Governor please contact Rachel Nicol (Director of Governance & Clerk to the Corporation)

» Roles & Responsibilities

As outlined previously, the Corporation’s statutory roles and responsibilities are mainly set out in the Instrument and Articles of Government. The Corporation is responsible for:

  • Determining the educational character and mission of the College and overseeing its activities.
  • Approving the quality strategy of the institution.
  • The effective management of resources to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets.
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • Employing senior post-holders, including their appointment, determination of pay and conditions, etc.
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

The Corporation has a set of Standing Orders which are the rules by which it operates. These include the College's policy on public access to Corporation meetings and the rules of the Search Committee, which advises on appointments to the Board; there is also a Code of Conduct for members.

All members are required to declare financial and other interests, which are held by the Clerk in a Register open to inspection. In addition eligibility is confirmed on appointment and annually thereafter.

The Corporation meets at least once every term. To ensure that the Corporation can look at issues in detail it has established a number of advisory committees, each of which has a specific role and focus. All information about Board members, operational and procedural matters relating to the Corporation and the conduct of its business, and issues of governance practice can be accessed from the Clerk.

Contact the Clerk to the Corporation

Rachel Nicol
Clerk to the Corporation
Bedford College
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AH

Tel: 01234 291003