Richard King joins Greenhead College’s board of governors
Our very own finance director, Richard King, is set to give something back to the local community, after joining the board of governors at the prestigious Greenhead College in Huddersfield – one of the most successful Sixth Form Colleges in the country.
Having been put forward for the voluntary role by founder and MD of Scriba PR – our communications partner – Katie Mallinson, Richard was invited to meet members of the governing body earlier this year and was officially confirmed as a governor in early October.
As with most schools and colleges, Greenhead receives a fixed income from the government based on the number of students enrolled. However, the governing body is seeking to increase the capacity of the college beyond the current 2,500 students, in order to educate more young people.
Richard will draw on his financial acumen and assist the college in maintaining and improving its financial strength. Quarterly corporation meetings – which include representatives from the student body – will discuss academic standards, internal college issues, as well as wider strategic matters.
As the former finance director of Worksop College – where he helped to raise vital funds to build a sixth form residential block – Richard brings with him plenty of experience, which includes working alongside The Woodard Corporation, to prepare a business plan for the merger of two schools.
Speaking about his new challenge, Richard said: “I wanted to be able to use my 50+ years of financial experience to support others, as well as find something to occupy my time when I eventually retire from a full-time career at Smith Brothers.
“I think specific experience within the education sector, along with no personal connection to the college itself, will help. I’ll bring a separated business view and a ‘finance head’ to assist with both the challenges and opportunities they are currently facing.”
Richard’s role will see him work as part of two committees: ‘audit and risk’ and ‘search and governance’. His initial four-year tenure will be aimed at gaining an understanding of the nuances of the college and the different personalities within the board.
We wish him all the best.