Chair of the Board of Management


Ayrshire College has an exciting opportunity to join our College as Chair of the Board of Management

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead the Board of Management at what is an incredibly exciting time for the College, as we focus on being a high-performing college underpinned by excellence in stewardship, effective risk management and the highest standards of corporate governance.

As Chair, you will establish effective leadership of the Board ensuring that it fulfils its duties, roles and responsibilities, including those as an employer. You will support the development of partnerships with community partners, employers and other regional stakeholders to identify opportunities to support inclusive, economic and social regeneration of the region and beyond.

Click here to watch a video from our current Principal, Carol Turnbull, to hear more about our College and our ambitions for the future.

If you would like to discuss the role and the College with our Principal, please contact Yvonne Melvin at to make the appropriate arrangements.


About Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College is one of the largest colleges in Scotland, formed in 2013 from the merger of the former Ayr and Kilmarnock Colleges and the Ayrshire campuses of the former James Watt College. The College has around 840 staff who work across three large campuses in the towns of Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning. A new ‘Future Skills Hub’ in Kilwinning is planned to open in 2022.  The College serves a population of 370,000 people and provides more than 700 courses to 10,297 students. The student population is made up of 11% under 16s, 45% 16-17s, 18% 20-24s and 26% over 25s.

Our ambition for Ayrshire College is that it will be an inspirational place of learning where individuals can excel and realise their full potential. A place where businesses and communities can access skills, expertise and innovation that supports local and national economic development and inclusive growth. This will be achieved through strong collaboration and partnership working and by investing in and valuing our staff and students.

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, there will be a significant increase in demand for up-skilling, re-skilling, and re-training and the College will need to ensure that our curriculum, including our short course provision, aligns to regional skills demands and employment opportunities. As a partner in the Ayrshire Growth Deal, we will be able to gain insight into these skills demands. 

The College provides a comprehensive range of blended learning opportunities to suit all learning needs across an extensive curriculum. Courses range from entry-level short courses to HNDs on a full and part-time basis. With work-based learning opportunities and alternatives to full-time study, the College supports people to develop and progress whatever stage they are at in their lives.

Ayrshire College works with the three local authorities - East, North and South Ayrshire - and plays an active and key role in the corresponding Community Planning Partnerships. The College also works with the region’s 26 secondary schools, as well as special needs schools.

The College is a strategic business partner of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and a key member of the Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire Steering Group. Significant economic sectors in the region include aerospace, engineering, health and social care, early education and hospitality and tourism. The College collaborates with employers and industry bodies to plan the provision of courses to address growth in these and other sectors. With over 900 apprentices in training at any given time, the College is the main provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) apprenticeships in the region and has also been accredited as STEM Assured by the STEM Foundation. The College is also committed to delivering the Scottish Government’s ambitions for increased early years learning opportunities and this is a significant area of growth.

Ayrshire College staff are extremely knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated and the College’s Investors in People (IiP) accreditation affirms its commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing staff to allow them to progress in their career.

Ayrshire College is recognised locally, regionally and nationally as an organisation which makes a positive difference to the lives of students, the community, to Ayrshire’s economy and to Scotland. Ayrshire College will continue to develop and support staff, students and the communities served by the College. Our key message is Start here. Go anywhere.

You can read more about our Statement of Ambition, and other key documents here:

Statement of Ambition

Statement of Ambition: Strategic Objectives and Measures of Success 2021-2024

Refresh and Renew Plan 2021 -2124

Empowering, Supporting and Inspiring Student Success: Learning and Teaching and Student Engagement Strategy 2021 – 2024

Board of Management report and Financial Statements 31 July 2020

Mainstreaming Equality 2019 – 21 and Equality outcomes 2021 – 2025


How to apply

Interested applicants can find out more and apply on the Scottish Public Appointments website.

The closing date for applications is 14 July 2022 at 17:00.

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