Aug 072020
 

Non- Executive Director - Ethical Property

Home-based
£5,556 per year
Part-time, Temporary
Closing Date: 12.00am on Wednesday, 16th September 2020

Looking for a new challenge? Join us!

The Ethical Property Company is a great place to work, placing equal value on the social, environmental and financial outputs it generates and supporting an inspiring range of charities, social enterprises and small local organisations in the process.

As an ethical employer we aim to create a positive working environment, pay salaries which are fair and appropriate, and promote equality of opportunity.

Staff here are passionate, ambitious and are encouraged to be independent and entrepreneurial in their approach while working towards agreed collective goals. Achieving a healthy work life balance is seen as a positive achievement and benefits such as the 'cycle to work' scheme and sabbaticals after 5 years of service are all the result of the direct feedback from staff over the years.

When surveyed, 94% of our staff said they enjoyed working for the Company and that they shared our values in whole or in part. In addition, in January 2013 we were accredited as a Living Wage employer and we continue to maintain our exceptionally low pay ratio between the highest and lowest paid member of staff – 4.9:1.

Ethical Property is looking for inspiring and engaging people to join the board of one of the pioneers of social enterprise.

You need to be an innovative and creative individual with a proven strategic profile in the commercial or voluntary sectors who can help us set the direction of the company. We are especially interested in hearing from those with a background in social impact investment raising, commercial non-residential property management or accounting although we are keen to hear from anyone who feels they have the passion and determination to help drive the company forward.

We have become the largest provider of workspace for changemakers in the UK, with 21 Centres across England, Scotland and Wales last year alone we supported over 1000 impactful organisations. Formed in 1998, we are still true to the values we had at the start and we’re backed by 1,350 plus shareholders, many of whom are progressive impact investors.

The Board plays a vital role in the work we do, providing governance and guidance to the senior management team. We’re looking for directors who can complement the existing Board and bring a new excitement and energy to how a large property portfolio can achieve maximum social impact.

Time commitment:  6 Board meetings throughout the year, which are held at our centres across the UK as well as a further six days on sub-committees and our Annual General Meeting.

To discuss this opportunity in more detail and to request an information pack please email Juliana Otalora, our HR Manager Juliana.otalora@ethicalproperty.co.uk

Applications

The closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th September

Interviews: Will be held online

The existing directors are able to appoint new directors until the next AGM, when they must be voted in by the shareholders for a three-year term.

Aug 042020
 

Non-Executive Board Member - Dover Harbour Board

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: Dover, Kent
Salary: £26,500 per annum
Posted: 02 Aug 2020
Closes: 28 Aug 2020
Ref: 76304
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Other

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. It is an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in England, and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long-term port capacity for the nation, whilst becoming a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Welcoming 11 million passengers travelling in 2.0 million tourist vehicles, and 2.4 million freight vehicles, the Port handles up to £119bn of trade each year.

The Port of Dover has international significance in providing a gateway to the UK; its ability to support a resilient cross-Channel service is of both national and international importance. The port also operates as a highly successful commercial enterprise locally, supporting around 22,000 local jobs. It has, through development of its operations and continual investment, been able to future proof its existing facilities and plan for future demand.

The Port of Dover is a Trust Port, controlled by the Dover Harbour Board (DHB). Trust Ports are autonomous bodies created by Acts of Parliament and are controlled by an independent board. They are not Government-owned and have no shareholders. Surpluses are reinvested into the port for the benefit of the stakeholders of the port. The stakeholders are all those using the port, employees of the port, the local community and all those individuals, organisations and groups having an interest in the operation of the port.

Dover Harbour Board currently consists of seven Non-Executive Members, one of whom is appointed as the Board Chairman, and two Executive Members (Chief Executive, and the Chief Financial Officer and Infrastructure Director ). Of the current seven Non-Executive Board Members, the Chairman and two Non-Executive Board Members are Department for Transport (DfT) Ministerial appointees; and the remaining four are Dover Harbour Board appointees with two being Community Directors, holding special knowledge and experience of the position of the port within the local community and economy.

The board is looking to appoint a Non-Executive Board Member who:

  • has previously gained wide and relevant experience at senior levels in organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence to Dover Harbour Board. Those organisations should be of good standing and espouse the principles of good corporate governance.
  • has company board or equivalent experience and a good understanding and appreciation of business and government issues in Kent and the South East.
  • displays outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • is highly respected within their sector and is able to engender the confidence of their peers
  • has the ability to formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way
  • can contribute effectively and constructively challenge in group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals
  • has sufficient scope and availability to attend Board meetings, Committee meetings and additional forum meetings as required
  • is committed to working as part of a team which is engaged and ambitious for the Port

For the full information pack, including details of how to apply, please visit: www.odgers.com/76304

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 28 August 2020.

Aug 042020
 

Non-Executive Director  - Hull University Students' Union

Business / Organisation Name: Hull University Students' Union
Business / Organisation Sector: Not-for-Profit
Business / Organisation Website: https://hulluniunion.com
Business / Organisation Type: Charity or Not-for-Profit
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Expenses only

Volunteer Non-Executive Director, H.U.U. Services Limited

H.U.U. Services Limited is the wholly owned company of Hull University Students' Union (HUSU) - a registered charity and student led organisation at the heart of the University. We provide services and social and recreational activities for all students at the University, which support the core objectives of our parent charity, the Union.

Our Board of Trustees govern Hull University Students' Union, and the Board of Non-Executive Directors govern H.U.U. Services Limited. They develop and set the business plan, including budgets for approval by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Directors ensure organisational compliance in all areas of legislation, policy and procedures. The Board is made up of two Trustees from the Charity Board, and four Volunteer Non-Executive Directors,

The Board of Directors meets a minimum of four times a year. Directors are encouraged to spend time in the Students’ Union when they can - attend events and get to know our students and staff and how we work. Directors are also invited to attend activities throughout the year including the awards ceremonies, fundraising and sports events. This is an unpaid role, but travel expenses and all out-of-pocket expenses in connection with the Trustee role will be reimbursed.

We are looking for individuals with skills in areas including the hospitality industry, legal, and HR - with the ability to influence strategic direction and business planning.

Experience of the students’ union movement, charity, or HE sectors, or a membership organisation would be an advantage. We are particularly interested to hear from applicants who have good personal local networks within Hull, and who live locally or within the Yorkshire area.

A comprehensive induction and training programme will be provided.

Application Details

Application forms and details can be found at: https://hulluniunion.com/about-us/work-with-us/vned

Interviews will take place week commencing 17th August 2020. Successful applicants will be appointed by the Appointments & Governance Committee on behalf of the Trustee Board and may serve for a term of up to three years with the option of a second term.

We hope to welcome our new Directors to their first Board meeting in September 2020.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this role with a member of HUSU's Senior Management Team please email huu-execsupport@hull.ac.uk or ring 01482 462108 to arrange a phone call.

Closing Date: 14/08/2020
Contact Name: Executive Support Team
Contact Telephone: 01482 462108
Contact Email: huu-execsupport@hull.ac.uk

Aug 032020
 

Members - Edinburgh College Board of Management

Reference: 2778
Remuneration: Non-remunerated
Location: Edinburgh, City of
Closing date: 05 August 2020 at midnight

The Edinburgh College Board of Management currently seeks to fill two non-executive vacancies by 22 September 2020.

We are looking for individuals with a strong commitment to changing lives and an understanding of the value of education. You will be part of a dynamic and influential Board following a period of considerable change and emerging opportunity for Edinburgh and its students. We are particularly looking to attract candidates with experience of:

  • relevant education;
  • industry, commerce, finance, the third sector, local authorities or trade unions; or,
  • the region (or part of it) and its needs.

The College would also welcome applications from individuals with relevant expertise in the following areas: (i) Human Resources and Organisational Development; and/or, (ii) Relevant aspects of Scots Law (including contract and commercial law).

Applications are encouraged from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies.

Time Commitment: During the first year of appointment it is anticipated you may need to devote an average of 1.5 days per month.

Remuneration: All Non-Executive roles are non-remunerated. Incidental expenses will be reimbursed.

Appointment details: Appointments to the Board of Management will come into effect from 22 September 2020, following approval from the Cabinet Secretary for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

The appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, with the possibility of re-appointment subject to evidence of effective performance and to satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment.

Interviews: Interviews will be held remotely on 26 August 2020.

Further Information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Clerk to the Board and Governance Advisor, Marcus Walker on Tel. 0131 297 9326, or by emailing Marcus.Walker@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Full details of the criteria to be met for the positions are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack and can be found here: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/education/edinburgh-college/jobs/appointment-members-edinburgh-college-board-management-191763

Jul 312020
 

Board Member - Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England

Recruiter: Green Park
Location: London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 29 Jul 2020
Closes: 12 Aug 2020
Ref: JM9696
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Asset Management, Finance, Risk / Compliance, Strategy
Sector: Not for Profit / Charity
Contract Type: Voluntary / Trustee
Language: English

About the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England (“EIAG”)

The EIAG plays an important role in advising and supporting the National Investing Bodies (NIBs) of the Church of England to invest in a way that is ethical and distinctively Christian. The NIBs are the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England Pensions Board, and the CBF Church of England Funds (managed by CCLA) and collectively they manage assets worth more than £12 billion.

The NIBs are renowned for their leadership role in ethical and responsible investment among asset owners and in the wider economy, particularly on issues such as climate change and modern slavery.

The EIAG is the powerhouse that provides thinking and advice to the NIBs, grounded in Christian theology and at the forefront of ethical investment. This is an opportunity to be part of the fascinating and stimulating discussions that create this advice.

The role

We are looking for people to join the group to complement the rich and diverse skillset of existing members. We are specifically looking for experience in the investment industry to ensure the EIAG’s advice is practical and actionable on ethical investment matters, and this might have been built in portfolio management, asset allocation, investment strategy, manager selection and/or monitoring. Candidates must also be sympathetic to the aims of the Church of England.

Full details, including information about how to apply, are here https://search.green-park.co.uk/churchofengland-eiag/welcome/

Closing date: 08:00am Thursday 27th August 2020

Jul 312020
 

Trustee Directors - The Pirbright Institute

Salary: Please refer to the Nurole website
Hours: Please refer to the Nurole website
Contract Type: Other
Contract Length: --
Closing Date: 20 August 2020
Interview Date: TBC
Job Reference: 20P-45

About The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. It receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and other bodies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It works to enhance capability to contain, control and eliminate these economically and medically important diseases through highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience. The Institute has an income of close to £60m, employs c.350 staff, and has a world-class campus in Pirbright, Surrey. Covid-19 is just one example of the scale on which such viruses can impact people's lives, making it a particularly significant and exciting time to join the Institute. Pirbright’s people are passionate about delivering outstanding scientific research and the organisation is committed to making Pirbright an excellent place to work. Pirbright’s PRIDE values (Passion, Reliability, Innovation, Dignity and Respect, Excellence) underpin all aspects of the culture at Pirbright and promoting equality, inclusion and valuing diversity is fundamental to Pirbright’s mission and goals.

Role Specification

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, monitoring performance and seeking assurance on risk from the Executive which, in turn, is responsible for the management of the organisation. As a member of the Board, the post holders would be expected to contribute to all aspects of the Board’s responsibilities.

The Board is interested in appointing at least three Trustee Directors: 1. Chair Designate of the Finance and Audit Committee, 2. Member of Risk and Assurance Committee and 3. A general Trustee Director who will join one of the board’s sub-committees.

Person Specification

All Trustee Directors will have strong communication skills, a collaborative approach and be able to demonstrate an alignment with Pirbright's mission. The Institute is seeking a:

  1. Trustee Director and Chair Designate of Finance and Audit Committee: This individual will be an experienced Non-Executive Director or Trustee Director and will be able to evidence a readiness to take on the role of chair of this critical committee. They will be an excellent leader in business and finance and a qualified accountant. They will have knowledge of relevant company law and accounting requirements as well as having had involvement in the funding and development of major capital projects
  2. Member of Risk and Assurance Committee: This individual will be an expert and senior leader from those high hazard sectors with significant potential off-site risk and should demonstrate a deep understanding of occupational health and safety in these environments.
  3. Trustee Director: This individual will have had a successful and fast moving executive career which demonstrates high potential. Pirbright particularly welcomes individuals with experience in legal issues in commercial property, OR cybersecurity, but they are also keen to hear from high achieving individuals who can demonstrate the value they would add to the board in other areas.

Diversity: The Pirbright Institute welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. Given the current balance on the board applications from under-represented groups would be particularly welcomed. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.

Next steps: These roles are being run by Nurole the board-level hiring platform. To find out more and apply you will need to request to become a member of Nurole (which is free). To do so please click here. If further assistance is needed, please contact pirbrighttb@pirbright.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications is August 20th at midnight.

Jul 302020
 

3 Non-Executive Directors - Brigantia Learning Trust

EAST MIDLANDS AND HUMBER | SHEFFIELD
CEO/ General Management | CFO/Financial | Corporate Governance | Health and Safety | HR (Employment Law / Industrial Relations) | Legal | Legal/Compliance | Public Sector | Risk
Deadline date: 21st August 2020

Brigantia Learning Trust seeks to recruit up to three new trustees/non-executive directors to the board. The trust has five academies: comprising one Nursery/Infant school, one Junior school, one all-through (2-16) school, one secondary (11-16) and one 16-19 academy, all of which are in the north of the city of Sheffield and serve a mixed catchment with many children coming from some of the most deprived areas of the city. Board meetings are held in north Sheffield although have more recently been held on a virtual platform.

About the trust

The trust grew out of Hinde House school which merged a primary and secondary school a while ago to create an all-through school to serve families in the area from aged 3 to16. Having secured its Good status with Ofsted the school began supporting local nursery/infant and junior schools as the vast majority of children transfer to Hinde House aged 11. Longley Sixth Form College converted to academy status to join the trust and add further capacity which meant students could stay within the trust throughout their statutory education years by moving through to 16-19 Academy. The trust is keen to create smoother transition points when children move between phases.

In 2017 the Regional Schools Commissioner asked Brigantia Learning Trust to take on Yewlands Academy which has been through a period of turmoil and (prior to joining Brigantia) was judged as ‘inadequate’ by inspectors. Since then Yewlands has made significant progress and improvement and has been the most improved secondary school in Sheffield over the past two years.

Across the five academies in the trust, Brigantia Learning Trust provides for around 3,780 pupils. It employs over 450 staff and has a budget of almost £20m.

Plans for the future

  1. Leadership & people: providing outstanding executive leadership and academy leadership, within a structure that meets the current and medium term needs of the families and their communities. (This includes clear succession planning; attracting, developing and retaining the best people to work in our academies)
  2. Financial and operational effectiveness: through financial probity, minimizing risk and ensuring value for money, to ensure the trust remains a successful and sustainable multi-academy trust. (For example, this would deliver high quality and cost effective services to academies; enabling academies to maximize their resources to improve the quality of education, etc.)
  3. Educational standards: improve the quality of education in all trust academies. (In terms of pupil/student outcomes, quality of teaching and all academies to achieve at least an Ofsted grading of good, etc.).

In addition to the above medium term challenges, the trust continues to, plan and focus on how it manages the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant central government guidance , on pupils students, staff, parents/carers and the local community. The challenges the trust faces, just like other educational establishments, can be grouped into three sets of impacts: educational impact, social impact and economic impact.

Trust ethos & values

Vision: To Create Excellence Together in every phase of a learners’ journey from 2 to 19.

Mission statement: Improve life chances and secure social mobility and justice for children, young people and their families within the communities that the trust serves.

Values: As a mixed phase academy trust that serves children and young people from the age of 2 to 19, it is united in its values of ambition, care, confidence, creativity, integrity and respect.

URL to full mission statement: www.brigantiatrust.net

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3

Roles 1 to 3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees governs the strategic business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be accountable for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/COO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • Health and Safety/Safeguarding
    • HR
    • Finance
    • Risk
    • Legal
  • Desirable
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
    • Change Management
    • Corporate Governance
    • Legal/Compliance
    • Education Leadership
    • Change Management
    • Educational standards/policies, especially post 16

Role 1: The trust seeks an individual with experience at senior leadership/board level within a medium/large company, ideally operating on multiple sites. Ideally this person will have gained operational and strategic understanding of health or health and safety or safeguarding.

Role 2: The ideal candidate for this role is likely to have had senior strategic HR experience in a company with diverse workforce. They will quickly be able to get to grips with educational policies and procedures and provide challenge and support to the trust’s plans to recruit and retain the best staff including challenging the executive team to develop an effective strategy for succession planning.

Role 3: The trust requires an individual with a legal and/or compliance background able to provide challenge to the trust’s executives and its advisers on key issues, ideally with a legal qualification.

It would be beneficial if candidates have an understanding of and experience with working in areas of deprivation.

Time commitment

The trust board has previously met each half term (i.e. 6 meetings per year) but has now introduced a system of sub-committees which has reduced the demands on trust board meetings and thus there is now only a need to generally meet three times a year, although additional meetings may be called if necessary. However, all trustees are invited to join a subcommittee (either Education Standards or Finance, Risk & Audit) which also have one meeting each term. ’In addition they would be invited to be the link between the trust and the one of the individual Advisory Academy Boards. This means trustees may be required to attend around 10 meetings a year.

Owing to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the trust board has met more frequently to respond to guidance and directives and support the trust executive teams; these meetings have been via video conferencing. Normally all trust board meetings are held at 6pm on a Wednesday evening for up to 2 hours. The trust will provide appropriate and essential training as part of their induction process and will also allocate one of the existing experienced trustees to act as a mentor if required. In total trustees are expected to allocate around 6 hours a month (on average) for this role. This would include time to read papers ahead of meetings.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Yewlands Academy, Creswick Lane, Sheffield S35 8NN

Hinde House (Secondary) Academy, Shiregreen Lane, Sheffield, S5 6AG

www.brigantiatrust.net

Governance structure

www.brigantiatrust.net (Governance structure: Terms of reference and Scheme of Delegation available)

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please 'register your interest' and send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556.

Key dates

Deadline for applications: Friday 21st August 2020

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications.

Jul 292020
 

2 Non-Executive directors - River Tees Multi-Academy Trust (RTMAT)

NORTH OF ENGLAND | MIDDLESBOROUGH
Branding/Marketing | Communications | Human Resources
Deadline date: 28th August 2020

River Tees Multi-Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors with experience of HR and Marketing/Communications to join its board. The trust was created from a base of three Alternative Provision (AP) schools in Middlesbrough, a town with significant levels of deprivation. It has since expanded with a further Alternative Provision school in Gateshead, which joined the trust in January 2018 and the trust has further expansion plans. Board meetings are held at Sulby Avenue, Middlesbrough although some meetings will be held virtually.

About the trust

At River Tees Multi Academy Trust, learning is at the centre of everything that is achieved. It is recognised that each learner requires a unique setting and support programme to help them back into either mainstream education or a specialised educational setting.

The trust believes that Alternative Provision (AP) should give every learner the chance to be the best that they can be. It believes that this is achieved through the removal of barriers to learning and the delivery of personalised programmes which lead to valued and valid qualifications.

Currently the trust has four Alternative Provision academies across the North East and an extensive Home and Hospital Teaching Service in Middlesbrough which includes provision at a Tier Four Mental Health Adolescent Hospital.

Trust ethos & values

River Tees Multi-Academy Trust is dedicated to providing high quality education through an innovative structure, so that vulnerable students have access to advanced and energising centres of learning. They are supported to develop the lively and enquiring minds of young people, whilst ensuring that they feel safe and valued in an inclusive environment. The ethos of inclusion is central to all of the work of the trust in helping young people to achieve aims and ambitions.

The trust recognises four key priorities:

  1. High Aspirations
  2. Effective Intervention
  3. Removing Barriers
  4. Outstanding Outcomes

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Post-Covid 19 recovery – ensuring the trust responds to, and recovers from, the challenges of Covid-19;
  2. Strong governance – developing and strengthening governance from outside the education sector by identifying strong trustees, able to contribute to the effective and robust management of the trust;
  3. Senior Leadership – backfilling senior leadership roles to enable these individuals to be released, enabling them to focus resource on improving failing schools;
  4. Growth - sustained and substantial growth of the trust while maintaining high standards and vision.

​As the trust embeds its vision and expands, it will further develop its relationships with other similar organisations in the North East. Its aim is to engage with other Ofsted ‘Good’ schools, and eventually welcome them into the trust as partners. This will enrich each organisation and strengthen the trust’s ability to support similar schools facing challenges.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential

  • Marketing/ Communications OR
  • HR

Desirable

  • Risk
  • Change management
  • Growth management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Education leadership

Role 1 – Marketing/Communications: For this role, the trust seeks someone with senior experience in a marketing background, to help strategically guide the trust in further raising its profile. Whilst previous experience as a trustee may be useful it is not essential. Evidence of senior leadership positions in complex, multi-site organisations, driving strategy and with a demonstrable track record in charity/corporate governance is highly sought.

Role 2 – HR: The trust is looking for an individual with a background in the field of HR – it is desirable for candidates to possess a knowledge of, or prior experience in, teaching and learning and/or an education leadership context.

The trust is interested in speaking to any candidates with experience across a variety of business sectors, in particular with knowledge of growth in a non-profit setting. While it is acknowledged that not all candidates will possess all essential and desirable skills, it would be advantageous to identify an individual with experience of sustaining quality during growth across a number of establishments, including organisations requiring improvements to outcomes.

For both roles, the trust requires strategic thinkers with excellent communication skills, who are forward-thinking and embrace change.

The trust is seeking individuals able to actively and support its ‘inclusion ethos’, reflecting the belief that all young people can achieve, given the opportunity to feel included in, and empowered by, the learning environment.

Time commitment

Six hours per month.

Location of board meeting and trust website

Trust board meetings are held at Sulby Avenue, Pallister Park, Middlesbrough, TS3 8RD. In the immediate future, virtual and remote meetings will be held.

www.rtmat.org.uk

Governance Structure

https://rtmat-middlesbrough.frogos.net/app/os#!/governors

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 28th August, 2020

Jul 282020
 

Trustee - The National Autistic Society

Recruiter: The National Autistic Society
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: Voluntary Post
Posted: 24 Jul 2020
Closes: 16 Aug 2020
Job Function: Trustees
Industry: Charities
Position Type: Voluntary / Trustee

Could you help to lead the UK’s foremost autism charity?

For 57 years, we have been making society work better for autistic children and adults. We transform lives every day through life-changing information and our network of schools, adult care and employment services and volunteer-run branches. We change attitudes by influencing policy across all four UK nations and educating the public, professionals and businesses about the realities of being autistic.

Could you be one of our next Trustees? We need:

  • A person with extensive experience of financial management at a senior level, most probably as a current or former Finance Director. This individual will chair the board’s plans and resources committee.
  • A person with knowledge of schools and education, who can chair one of our school’s local governing bodies (in the South East or Greater London area) and also sit on the board’s education, quality and development committee.

Above all, we want people who share our passion for making society work for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and have a track record of networking at a senior level to achieve strategic impact.

If you feel you have the experience and commitment to make a real contribution to the future of our charity, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please remember that these are unpaid voluntary roles although we will reimburse out of pocket expenses.

Closing date: 16 August 2020

Jul 282020
 

Non-Executive Director - Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT)

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND | WILTSHIRE/ DORSET COAST
Change Management | Education Leadership | Growth Management | Human Resources | Non-executive/Trustee | Organisational Development | Risk | Succession Planning
Deadline date: 28th August 2020

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Wiltshire?

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) seeks two non-executives/directors to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) seeks up to three non-executive directors to join their board. The trust is currently made up of 18 Church of England primary academies, spread from north Wiltshire to the Dorset coast, with confirmed plans to expand. DSAT currently has 3,313 pupils 21% of these pupils receiving free school meals and 20% with special educational needs. The trust has 800 staff and a budget of £18 million. Board meetings are held virtually (9:30am) for the foreseeable future but will be held at The Diocesan Education Centre, The Avenue Wilton Wiltshire, SP2 0FG, when safe to do so. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • Strategic Human Resources at Director level or
  • Business Development or
  • Education Leadership or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • Supporting the effective delivery of the Trust Improvement Model
  • Oversee the sustainable growth of the trust
  • To empower leaders and staff at every level and support towards career progression

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

A full trust specification is available here: DSAT Full Trust Specification 2020.pdf

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.

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