Voluntary - unpaid
Role type:
Part Time
4 meetings per year plus additional as required
Contract type:
All year post
Closing Date:
Job Details:

Do you want to play your part in supporting one of the UK’s leading disability charities to achieve its ambition for growth, providing more education opportunities for people with complex disabilities?

Then join National Star as a Governor. We are seeking a number of committed and exceptional people who share our vision of a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. As a Governor you will be part of a team of friendly volunteers who will:

Oversee and monitor the college activities
Ensure safeguarding issues for students and staff are maintained
Oversee the quality strategy of the college
Ensure students have access to a personalised, broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for their future lives
Agree targets, monitoring progress and raising standards
Ensure correct and necessary policies and procedures are in place

Governors do not carry the legal responsibilities of a Trustee as we have a separate Trustee board.

We are particularly keen to recruit Governors with experience in:

• Staff training

• Beneficiary engagement

• Vocational learning

• Heath strategy / commissioning

National Star is a Disability Confident Employer. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all sections of the community, including those currently under-represented on our Governing body, which includes people with disabilities and members of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We are looking for new Governors who can combine strategic vision with excellent communication and team-working skills. Governors should be able to demonstrate independent judgement, the ability to act as a ‘critical friend’ and be willing to speak out.

Your commitment to us

The Governing body meets four times a year, generally during the week between 2pm – 4pm. In addition, we have Link Governors that have responsibility for safeguarding, technology and innovation and maintaining contact with National Star in Hereford and Wales. Governing body papers are distributed in advance to allow Governors to prepare for each meeting.

Benefits of joining our Governing body

By joining our Governing body you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing a part in the future development of one of the leading disability charities in England and Wales. Your fresh perspective could help us to see things in a different light and your professional expertise could be utilised to support our staff team in delivering our vision and values.

You will gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by young people with complex disabilities and have the opportunity to build your professional network.

Governors are volunteers. Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. New Governors are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check.

For more information please refer to our recruitment brochure.

You may also be interested to read our prospectus.

To discover more about the impact of National Star as a charity read our latest Annual Report.

For an informal chat about whether we are the right charity for you to support as a Governor and to request an application pack please contact Ali McEwan at or telephone 01242 527631 extension 3234. We can arrange for you to have a tour of our Ullenwood campus as well as an informal discussion with our Chief Executive David Ellis and/or an existing member of the Board of Trustees.

How to apply

Prospective Governors are asked to submit one side of A4, expressing your interest in the role and outlining why you want to be a Governor as well as a CV demonstrating your relevant experience to Ali McEwan by 24 September 2021 at 5pm. Interviews will be held in October and the panel will comprise of Chief Executive David Ellis and existing members of the Governing body.



Important Information

At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.

Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.

We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system, please call the HR Team on 01242 527631 or email

All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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