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Apr 072020
 

Non-Executive Director - Norwich Free School

EAST OF ENGLAND AND NORTH EAST LONDON | NORWICH
CFO/Financial | Human Resources
Deadline date: 10th May 2020

Norwich Free School seeks two new non-executive directors with experience in Finance and HR. The ethos of the trust is 'Opportunity and Achievement for All’. The Free School Norwich was ranked in the top 3% of schools in England for pupil progress in 2016 and 2018 - Department for Education. The school was awarded the Quality Mark Award for English and Mathematics in 2017 and 2019. Board meetings are held at the school in Central Norwich.

About the trust

The Free School Norwich is a popular and highly successful co-educational school for children aged 4 – 11 years old. The trust welcomes children of all abilities, faiths and social backgrounds. Situated in the centre of Norwich in a beautiful Georgian house, they offer a unique educational experience with a truly broad and balanced curriculum. The school is a very happy environment where individual interests are encouraged and developed. Academic standards are high and the school has a strong tradition of success in sport, music and drama.

The trust believe that learning should equip children with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in their adult lives. They also believe that children learn best when the learning is relevant and fun. The curriculum is broadly based upon the objectives of the National Curriculum, but focuses upon teaching key skills through a creative, cross-curricular approach.

The School is the home to the Norfolk Schools Dyslexia Support Network. The aim of the network is to promote awareness and understanding of dyslexia in schools across Norfolk and to provide free practical advice for schools on how to support dyslexic pupils to enable them to achieve their potential.

Plans for the future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Explore options for future expansion to ensure financial viability and provide much needed places at a good/outstanding primary school in the centre of Norwich
  2. Succession planning for critical roles
  3. Providing great challenge to the executive team through well-informed committed trustees

Trust ethos & values

The Free School Norwich mission is to:

  • Provide a truly broad and balanced primary school education for children.
  • Enable children to identify and develop their individual strengths and interests so that they can achieve their potential in life.
  • Help increase the economic well-being of children by enabling their parents to work.

The ethos of the school is 'Opportunity and Achievement for All'.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Roles 1-2 – 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible 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/CFO 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 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: 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)
    • HR
    • CFO/Finance
  • Desirable
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
    • Succession Planning
    • CEO/ General Management
    • Primary Education
    • Chartered Accountant

Role 1 - HR: The successful candidates must have senior experience of HR, professional development and/or change management to support positive trust growth. They will support the trustee in developing processes to ensure effective succession planning within the trust.

Role 2 - Finance: The trust would welcome applications from candidates who hold or have held a finance leadership and management position in a medium to large organisation with significant experience of audit and risk management. Whilst an accounting qualification would be an advantage, it is not essential. Applications from candidates with experience in charity or public sector finance / audit roles would be particularly welcome. The trust would hope and expect the successful candidate to chair the risk and audit committee.

Time commitment

6-8 hours /month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

http://www.freeschoolnorwich.org.uk. The Free School Norwich, Kings House, Surrey Street, Norwich, NR1 3NX.

Governance structure

http://www.freeschoolnorwich.org.uk/governance/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 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 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: 10 May 2020

Apr 072020
 

Non-Executive Director - Vision Multi Academy Trust

LANCASHIRE AND WEST YORKSHIRE | MANCHESTER
CEO/ General Management | Corporate Governance | Growth Management | Human Resources | IT/Technology | Legal/Compliance | Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 10th April 2020

Vision Multi Academy Trust, in the Bury area of Greater Manchester, is made up of three Primary Schools, with a history of collaborative working. As the trust embarks on a period of potential growth, it seeks to add experienced professionals from the business world to help steer and oversee its progress. Board meetings are held at each of their three schools which are close together (within a 2.5 mile radius of each other) in Bury.

About the trust

Vision Multi Academy Trust (MAT), formed in July 2017, is a trust with a cluster of three primary schools working in close partnership. Among the trust academies East Ward Primary School, which has nursery provision and 450 children on role, Higher Lane Primary School and Sunny Bank Primary do not have nursey provision and have 460 and 250 children respectively.

The trust celebrates a history of collaboration and challenge. The schools in the trust have experience of working together on joint curriculum projects, shared CPD, moderation, challenge partners and developing senior and middle leaders. The trust benefits from experienced Headteachers across its academies, who have worked in other Local Authorities and have the capacity within schools to provide school-to-school support.

Each of the trust academies is very different in make-up and each academy faces its own challenges; pupils in the trust come from a number of different backgrounds.

Trust ethos & values

Vision MAT is a community of schools in which the children come first; the trust is proud of each and every young person and strives to create an environment in which they can thrive, flourish and achieve their full potential within a supportive, caring, inclusive environment. In addition, Vision MAT is seeking to be the employer of choice for education professionals in the area.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Ensuring that there is a strategic vision with a high level of challenge and accountability on its board
  2. Continuing to build capacity throughout the trust so that it can have a strong focus on teaching and learning.
  3. Managing changes, and their implications, to the Ofsted Inspection Framework.
  4. Succession planning - ensuring sufficient recruitment and retention of the very best staff to continue to provide a high level of delivery for the children.

The trust is seeking to develop and grow as a multi academy trust in order to ultimately attract other schools to join it, from different phases and different local authorities.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 4

Role 1 & 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible 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 to account.

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

Person Specification

The competencies required for this role include any of below:

  • Desirable (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • Growth Management
    • IT
    • HR
    • Succession Planning
    • Legal/Compliance
    • Branding/Marketing
    • Health and Safety
    • General Business Skills

The ideal candidate will be able to draw on their experience of having a senior role in business, commerce, industry or the public sector and apply their skills in the context of education. They should be able to synthesise information from a range of sources and question/ constructively critique various solutions to inform the decision-making process. The strongest candidates will be able to contribute to the trusts strategic planning and will have a keen eye on the strategic goals and challenge and support the executives to ensure individual academies and thus the MAT overall performs well.

Time Commitment

Trust meetings are held THREE times each year (autumn, spring and summer) and are generally held on Tuesdays starting at 6pm with each meeting lasting up to 2 hours. The trust also has two sub-committees (HR & Standards and Finance, Audit & Risk) and trustees may be invited to join one of the two sub-committees. The sub-committees are each held THREE times a year and are scheduled to precede a full trust board meeting (possibly a week or two before). Sub-committee meeting times are flexible to suit the attendees.

The trust is introducing a ‘link trustee’ system where certain trustees are linked to a particular academy and they may be invited to occasional events and to visit the academy to see it working in the normal day. This will allow the Board to see how its polices and decisions impact teachers and children on a daily basis.

There is the potential for trustees to access training as necessary, some of which can be done online. An induction programme will be arranged to meet individual needs and ensure that new trustees are able to grasp the key issues in the trust quickly.

Overall trustee will be expected to devote (on average) up to 6 hours per month to trust business. This would include reading papers etc ahead of meetings and all training and visits.

Role 3 & 4 – Member

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision-making and strategy.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • Desirable
    • CEO/General Management
    • Corporate Governance
    • Legal/ Compliance

Time commitment

Members meet three times a year, the main purpose of which is to take updates on progress etc and for members to affirm the trusts’ approaches. Meetings tend to last up to an hour. One meeting runs straight into the Annual General Meeting. Members may also periodically receive papers from other trust meetings which need to be read to keep abreast of the trust’s actions. Altogether a Member may need to allocate up to 5-6 hours per YEAR in total.

Trust Website and location of board meetings

The Trust website is www.visionmat.com

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 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, 10th April, 2020

Apr 072020
 

Non-Executive Director - The Gateway Learning Community Trust (GLC)

EAST OF ENGLAND AND NORTH EAST LONDON | THURROCK, ESSEX
CEO/ General Management | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 10th April 2020

The Gateway Learning Community Trust seeks a new NED to support the running of the Multi Academy trust and determine its strategic direction. The trust is committed to playing a leading role in the regeneration of the local community. The board meets once every half term to track the trust’s progress against KPIs; to agree policy changes; monitor finances and provide specialist guidance to the executive team. The board meetings are held at Marshfoot Road, Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex.

About the trust

The Gateway Learning Community Trust spans from Nursery to secondary across the Essex area. The trust has a total budget of £16.00m, with 5 schools, 427 staff members and 2,873 pupils. Four of the schools rate Good overall, with Herringham Primary Academy achieving Requires Improvement.

They deal with a range of needs including, 235 of free school meal pupils, c.500 special needs students and c.500 with English as a second language students. They provide personal support, including extra-lessons where necessary, for children with Special Educational Needs or those who are not progressing as they should.

The GLC Gateway Academy was the first academy in Essex and was the catalyst for the creation of one of the first locality based multi academy trusts in the UK. The trust is working to ensure a sustainable future in which each of its academies is judged to be at least Good by Ofsted, whilst also building external relationships with other MATs and organisations.

The trusts key mission is to develop confident, aspirational, resilient, high-achieving, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society. This includes the development of productive relationships to prepare children for learning and life.

Plans for the future

The GLC has no immediate plans to expand the number of academies, but aims to drive further improvements and consolidation by developing strategic alliances with other MATs and organisations. The trust plans to deal with the following challenges:

  • To recruit and retain good quality, experienced teachers
  • To achieve consistently good provision in one of our primary schools that currently 'requires improvement
  • To ensure the trust meets its aims in an ever-changing and challenging context.

Trust ethos & values

To develop confident, aspirational, resilient, high-achieving, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of society.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 1

Role 1– 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: 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
  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Desirable
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning

The trust are hoping to recruit a director who shares their values and ethos and who is committed to working to improve the wider community through the education of children. The ideal candidate will possess good working knowledge of HR and associated legal compliance.

Time commitment

6-8 hours per month

Location of board meetings and trust website

www.theglc.org.uk

The board meetings are held at Marshfoot Road, Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex, RM16 4LU.

Governance structure

http://www.theglc.org.uk/177/governance

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 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 10th April 2020

Apr 062020
 

Ex-Service Charities Organisation Member x1- Independent Medical Expert Group (IMEG)

Body: Independent Medical Expert Group (IMEG)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sector: Defence
Location: London with some UK travel
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No but the MOD will reimburse reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 days per year. Meetings are usually held at Ministry of Defence offices in London with some UK travel.
This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

IMEG’s role is to advise Min (DPV) on medical and scientific aspects of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and related matters. The IMEG are seeking a member to represent the ex-Service charities organisations. The overall responsibility of the member is to:

  • engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the sponsor department or the responsible minister;
  • ensure that the code of Practice on Access to Government Information is adhered to;
  • ensure that the Group does not exceed its powers or functions.

Person Specification

The successful candidate must:

  • be a senior representative of a COBSEO-affiliated ex-Service organisation specialising in veterans’ welfare, with the support of their organisation’s Chair/President/Director;
  • engage fully in collective consideration of the issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the sponsor department or the responsible minister;
  • demonstrate their ability to represent the views of all veterans and their families;
  • have experience working collaboratively on high level committees or at board level;
  • demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and teamwork.

The successful candidates should also:

  • have an understanding of how the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme operates; and
  • have experience working on an advisory body.

Additional Information

The appointment will be for a period of three years starting in August 2020.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Expression of Interest and Monitoring Information Forms and send a copy of each along with your most recent CV to DBSCivPers-ResNONSTDAPPTS@mod.uk quoting reference 28664 .

Attachments

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Apr 062020
 

Penk Valley Academy Trust - Non-Executive Director

WEST MIDLANDS | PENKRIDGE, STAFFORDSHIRE
Human Resources | Property/Estate management | Restructuring | Risk | Succession Planning
Deadline date: 1st May 2020

Penk Valley Academy Trust, a seven-school trust based in Penkridge, Staffordshire, seeks to recruit two non-executive directors/trustees to its board, with a skills focus in particular around Estates, HR and restructuring. With a growth plan that anticipates up to three new schools joining the trust over a three-year period, the trust welcomes applicants capable of contributing to, and helping to drive, the strategy at board level. Trust board meetings are held at Penk Valley Academy Trust, Penkridge.

About the trust

Penk Valley Academy Trust is a seven school MAT (multi-academy trust), established in April 2018 following two years as a federation. The trust’s schools cover the age range two- to 19-years and include two church schools.

  • Marshbrook First School, Penkridge (2-9 years) has 145 pupils, 20% of which receive Free School Meals (FSM); 12.4% of the school’s pupils have Special Education Needs (SEN). Ofsted assessed the school as ‘Good’ in June 2016.
  • Princefield First School, Penkridge (3-9 years) has 220 pupils, 6.4% of which receive FSM; 13.2% of the pupils have SEN and the school was assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, in September 2013.
  • St John’s CE First School, Bishopswood (3-9 years) has 72 pupils, 8.3% receiving FSM and 6.9% are SEN pupils. Ofsted assessed the school as ‘Good’ in March 2014.
  • St Mary & St Chad's CE First School, Brewood (3-9 years) has 157 pupils, 7.6% receiving FSM and 8.3% are SEN pupils. The school was assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in June 2016.
  • Penkridge Middle School, Penkridge (9-13 years) has 454 pupils, 7.9% in receipt of FSM and 15.4% SEN. It was assessed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2017.
  • The Rural Enterprise Academy, Penkridge (13-16 years) has 154 pupils, 12.4% receiving FSM and no students with SEN. It was assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in May 2018.
  • Wolgarston High School, Penkridge (13-18 years) has 748 pupils, 7.9% in receipt of FSM and 9.6% SEN pupils. It was assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in February 2014.

The trust has a budget of approximately £11.5mn and c.360 staff serving 1950 students.

Plans for the future

The key challenges facing the trust over the next 12-24 months include:

  1. Financial capacity – while the trust is financially sustainable, limited budgets mean the trust must determine appropriate ways to manage investment into areas such as estates and ICT infrastructure. This challenge also limits the size of the trust’s senior teams across its seven schools, restricting leadership capacity.
  2. Educational outcomes - all seven of the trust’s schools are due for inspection under the new Ofsted framework by 2021. Ensuring that all schools continue to provide a good standard of education is paramount. All schools are anticipated to at least retain their ‘Good’ assessment, however the trust aims to be proactive to ensure this.

Over the longer term, there is an objective for the board to grow the trust in a slow, sustainable and manageable way to ensure each new school that joins is fully integrated and supports the development of the trust as a whole. Up to three new schools are expected to join by 2023.

Furthermore, local housing developments in the area mean the trust be ready to educate the additional children that will become part of its communities.

Trust ethos & values

The Penk Valley Academy Trust mission is ‘to inspire learning’. To achieve this, its strategy is to invest in people, a designed offer and quality. It is a ‘Visible Learning’ trust, which provides it with a common framework to develop expertise in teaching, learning and assessment.

URL to full mission statement:

http://www.penkvalley.co.uk/about-our-trust/a-visible-learningthrough-school/

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Roles 1 & 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director or Member

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 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 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: 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)
    • HR AND
    • Restructuring AND
    • Succession Planning OR
    • Real estate/ Property AND
    • Risk
  • Desirable
    • Audit
    • IT/ Technology
    • Change Management
    • Legal/ Compliance
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Role 1 – HR: The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working at strategic level in a medium or large organisation, defining strategy and working with the leadership/board to deliver effectively. Prior experience of a non-executive position is advantageous, as well as evidence of leading on a restructure of a complex, multi-site operation. Industry qualifications are highly desirable.
  • Role 2 – Estates infrastructure: A candidate with prior experience of managing the needs of a multi-site facility is required. Skills, knowledge and experience of delivering effective architecture and demonstrable evidence of doing so under tight financial conditions is highly sought. The trust seeks applicants with experience of estates and property management, as well as legal implications across multiple sites.

Candidates will be able to support the strategic development of the trust.

All non-executive directors must be able to work effectively as part of a team. While experience of school governance is not essential, the trust welcomes applicants with a keen interest in using their valued skills and expertise to develop the multi-academy trust board.

Applications are welcome from people of all faiths or none; the trust welcomes diversity. All trustees would be expected to support the trust’s ethos and values.

Time commitment

Six hours /month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Penk Valley Academy Trust, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5RX

www.penkvalley.co.uk

Governance structure

http://www.penkvalley.co.uk/about-our-trust/our-governance/

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 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, May 1st 2020

Apr 032020
 

Honorary Treasurer - The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional membership body for Speech and Language Therapists with over 17,500 members. The RCSLT head office is in London with satellite offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In our 75th anniversary year, we are looking for leaders who have a passion for our profession to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Being on the Board provides an opportunity to influence the strategic direction and governance of the RCSLT, and to shape the future of the profession. It also provides a unique learning and development opportunity for successful applicants.

Honorary Treasurer

We have a vacancy for a qualified accounting professional to join our Board of Trustees as Honorary Treasurer for a three-year term of office. As well as attending Board meetings, the Honorary Treasurer chairs the Finance and Resources Committee.

You will need an understanding of our purpose, and awareness of and enthusiasm for the speech and language therapy profession, along with the ability to fulfil the role of a General Trustee.
We also expect the successful individual to have:

  • an understanding of the financial dynamics of a professional body;
  • experience of strategic financial planning;
  • experience of the governance of budgetary and contract management;
  • experience of the development and management of a strategic investment and reserves policy;
  • experience of risk management;
  • experience of working with external auditors;
  • the ability to present financial information clearly to a range of audiences.

The selection process involves a formal interview on 22 May 2020 at RCSLT HQ in London. However, given the current circumstances due to COVID-19, this may need to be reviewed.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role with the current Chair or Deputy Chair, please contact jo.offen@rcslt.org or call: 020 7378 3007.

To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter stating how you feel you fulfil the requirements of the role, and a completed skills matrix.

Downloadable Documents

You can find out more about the RCSLT from our website www.rcslt.org . The role is unremunerated, but expenses are payable. Completed applications should be emailed to jo.offen@rcslt.org by close of business on 4 May 2020.

Apr 032020
 

Non-Executive Director - Digital Marketing

non-executive directorLocation: London
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: 372143

The Company

We are working in partnership with a high growth digital marketing business who are looking for a Non-Executive Director to join their Board and help in driving forward and achieving the firm’s strategy.

The Role

Working closely with the Board the role will be to challenge and help develop strategy, participating actively in the decision-making process and scrutinising the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives. With a wealth of industry experience, you will act as an advisor, bringing an external and independent perspective ensuring strong communication ties between the company and outside sources.

The Person

We are looking for individuals who bring relevant experience, skills and passion to drive forward our client’s ambitious strategic agenda; in particular those that have a track record of operating at Board level (either as an executive or a non-executive director) within a PLC. With a successful track record of working in high growth businesses you will also ideally have had experience of working in a modern digital marketing/advertising environment.

How to Apply

To apply in absolute confidence, please submit your CV together with reference number 372143.

non-executive director

Apr 032020
 

Members - Boundary Commission for Wales

Body: Boundary Commission for Wales
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities
Location: Cardiff - Wales
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £505.50 per day.
Time Requirements: This is a part time and ad hoc appointment. It is anticipated that Members will be expected to commit to around 3 to 4 days a year during periods outside of Boundary Reviews, and around 12 to 15 days a year during Boundary Reviews.

Vacancy Description

The Boundary Commission for Wales is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body funded by the Cabinet Office. The Commission is required to keep the Westminster Parliamentary constituencies in Wales under review.

This is an outstanding opportunity to sit on a high profile commission that plays an important role in shaping electoral boundaries in Wales. As a member, you will review Parliamentary constituencies and reach reasoned conclusions about recommendations on boundaries. You must be a strong analytical thinker with excellent evaluation and reasoning skills with a commitment to work in an independent and politically neutral manner. You should also understand the different tiers of local and central governments and the services they provide.

It is highly desirable for candidates to have experience working as a senior officer in, or collaborating with, the public sector in Wales, and have an understanding of the context and geography of Wales.While fluency in the Welsh language is not a requirement for this post, applicants would be expected to show empathy for the Welsh language and an appreciation of the bilingual communities throughout Wales.

Person Specification

  • Essential:
    • have the ability to take an independent, evenly balanced view and demonstrate political neutrality.
    • have the ability to analyse and evaluate information effectively and come to a reasoned conclusion.
    • be skilled in communication, and able to present your views in a constructive and impartial manner.
    • have a good knowledge of the different tiers of government in Wales and the services they provide.
    • have a clear understanding and commitment to “the Seven Principles of Public Life”.
  • Desirable:
    • it is highly desirable for candidates to have experience working as a senior officer in, or collaborating with, the public sector in Wales, and have an understanding of the context and geography of Wales.
    • while fluency in the Welsh language is not a requirement for this post, applicants would be expected to show empathy for the Welsh language and an appreciation of the bilingual communities throughout Wales.
    • have the ability to work successfully in a small team

Additional Information

The role of Members will involve:

  • Attending meetings of the Boundary Commission for Wales.
  • Undertaking visits to areas as part of the review process, as required.
  • Formulating proposals according to the remit of the legislation governing the Boundary Commission for Wales.
  • Following the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  • Complying with the Code of Conduct for Board
  • Members of Public Bodies, and ensure they understand their duties, rights and responsibilities and that they are familiar with the function and role of the Boundary Commission for Wales.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  3. Diversity monitoring form (Google) you do not need to have a Google account to complete the form (please see the attached candidate pack for more detail)– any information you provide in Section A will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel. The form now includes questions about disability. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website. If you experience problems accessing the monitoring form please contact Sommer Bristo or Peter Richardson via bcwmemberrecruitment@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.
  4. Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declaration (if applicable)

Attachments

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Apr 022020
 

Trustees - Fair4AllFinance

Recruiter: Green Park
Location: London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 30 Mar 2020
Closes: 09 Apr 2020
Ref: JS9364
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Finance, HR, Risk / Compliance, Strategy
Sector: Financial Services, Not for Profit / Charity
Contract Type: Permanent
Language: English

Fair4All Finance has been founded to support the financial wellbeing of people in vulnerable circumstances. The organisation is funded by dormant assets money for financial inclusion with the mission of increasing access to fair, affordable and appropriate financial products and services in the UK. Fair4All Finance has received funding from Dormant Assets and is aiming to become the leading body in the efforts to address this pressing social challenge. Using this funding, the organisation is looking at these markets strategically to make a sustainable positive social impact over the next few years. This includes leveraging their funding to raise additional investment and other external funding streams which link to the mission.

We are now seeking three non-executive directors to join the Board of Fair4All Finance. The new non-executive directors will have a unique opportunity to help build the organisation and to create an enduring legacy of increased inclusion in financial services for those on lower incomes, helping to solve the problems of access to affordable credit together with a number of other problems people in vulnerable circumstances have in accessing affordable and fair financial services.

The range of knowledge and skills which we are currently looking for are:

  • Senior accounting/financial reporting experience
  • Senior HR strategy experience
  • Local Community Leader including experience working with foundations and charities

In addition to the primary experience above, the following would also be helpful:

  • Senior investment management experience including practical experience of establishing new investment instruments and approaches
  • Senior executive experience in a financial services institution
  • Housing Association experience
  • Insurance sector experience

To find out more about these exciting opportunities please visit:

https://search.green-park.co.uk/fair4allfinance/

Closing date for applications: 09:00am Thursday 9 April

Apr 022020
 

Non-Executive Director - ECL

Recruiter: ECL
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
Salary: Remuneration £18,000 per annum
Posted: 31 Mar 2020
Closes: 27 Apr 2020
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Public

Non-Executive Director - Chair of the Audit Committee

Time Commitment 2-3 days per month; Remuneration £18,000 per annum

ECL is a dynamic and ambitious organisation with a proven reputation for delivering high quality services across Essex, London and the South East. We were the first local authority trading company in the country to provide adult social care support services and equipment and are on a successful journey of growth in a fast developing marketplace.

Our committed and experienced workforce sustain high levels of customer satisfaction and we continue to explore new business development opportunities across an enormous network of potential clients ranging from local authorities to privately funded individuals.

We are seeking two experienced and talented individuals to add value to our Board. To be successful as ECL’s Audit Chair, you will be financially qualified with relevant strategic finance experience and sound judgement. Your clear understanding of governance will have been gleaned from your current non-executive roles, preferably as an Audit Committee Chair.

We are committed to a board of varied skills and experience and are also seeking a Non-Executive Director with experience of working in a large, complex organisation providing health and social care services. This may be your first Non-Executive role, but you will bring extensive experience of the challenges of adult social care and health contracting and commissioning.

For further information about these roles, visit www.gatenbysanderson.com. To discuss the roles and your suitability at any point, please call Matt Malone on 0113 205 6063 or Penny Ransley (020 7426 3972) at GatenbySanderson.

Closing date: Monday 27th April