Hillcroft Governance

Important Notice

As of the 1st October 2017 Hillcroft College merged with Richmond Adult and Community College to form a new legal entity called Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College. Therefore the details below relate to the former entity. Information about the new Governance structure will be posted soon.

Hillcroft Governance Hillcroft became part of a Federation with Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) in August 2015 and shares a Principal. However, the Governing Body, the Council, remains independent and is still responsible for its own financial affairs and the quality of provision of the College.

Governor Responsibility Hillcroft’s Governing Council is responsible for: setting the mission and values of the organisation; determining strategic direction; approving financial and management policies and plans and monitoring performance.

The Council The Council is composed of a maximum membership of 18 which includes the Chair, the Treasurer, external members, 2 staff, 1 student and the Principal/Head of College. Our governors are members of the public who generally have a business or professional background and/or are those who bring useful life-experience and objective common sense to the discussion on strategic issues. The College from time to time seeks new governors who can help to strengthen its forward-looking and welcoming governing body.

Council Duties Members of the Board have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future direction and focus of the organisation. The Council’s main duties are to determine the mission and values of the College, monitor performance, ensure financial health and protect assets. The Council is fully involved in determining Hillcroft’s strategic direction and is committed to providing a quality experience and environment for its students and any women who participate in Hillcroft’s activities.

Structure Hillcroft is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. The Members of the Council are the directors of the company and as such are registered at Companies House. Hillcroft’s objects and rules by which it is governed are set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Council has a set of Standing Orders which are the rules by which it operates. In addition there is a Code of Conduct for members, and committees have clear terms of reference. 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.

Term of Office Members are normally appointed for a term of 3 years initially, and this is renewable for another 3 years. There is discretion for a maximum service of 9 years.

Frequency of meetings The Council routinely meets 5 times per year. In addition the Council has a number of committees:

  • Finance and General Purposes Committee (meets 3 times a year)
  • Quality and Standards Committee (meets twice to three times a year)
  • Audit Committee (meets 3 times a year)
  • HR & Governance Committee (meets 3 times a year)

Members of the Council are asked to serve on at least one of these committees. Governors are also invited to College training and social events and are encouraged to link with staff in the areas of Hillcroft’s work that most interests them.