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Governance and Charitable Status

Corporate governance arrangements at Plymouth College of Art set and monitor the organisation’s strategy and objectives. The governing body aim is to give assurance and improve performance within the organisation by strategically focussing on clear and robust systems and control processes.

Exempt Charity Information

Legal name: Plymouth College of Art

Correspondence Address: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT

Constitutional Documents:

Articles of Government

The governors are responsible for corporate governance which includes the leadership, direction and control of the organisation, with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the organisation through the relationship with management and the organisation stakeholders and the pursuit of objectives in the interests of the organisation and its stakeholders.

The governing body discharges its responsibilities of the duty of care by ensuring that the public funds received are spent for the intended purposes and that value for money is obtained.

Risk management is an integral part of any decision made by the governing body. The Audit Committee monitors progress and advises the governing body regarding controls on risk management.

The Corporation has a structure of five Committees and one Working Group to undertake strategic business control and monitoring:

  • Finance and Estates Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Employment Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Capital Build Working Group

Within each Committee or Working Group specialist members (Independent Committee Members) join the governors to provide professional advice and guidance. The Corporation meeting schedule ensures that the Committees and Governing Body are able to deliver their responsibilities and business in a timely manner, and to meet external bodies’ requirements.

Governors are recruited taking into account, wherever possible, equality and diversity issues. In particular, the Nominations and Governance Committee consider an individual's skills and experience to make certain there is a fit with the mission, vision and objectives of the College. High standards of ethical, personal and corporate conduct are expected from members, in accordance with the Standards in Public Life, commonly referred to as the ‘Nolan’ principles. All governors are encouraged to participate in development and training programmes, briefings, seminars and workshops. Members regularly receive routine circulations of a range of printed information and briefing material.