Jan 182019

Non-Executive Director - Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG)

  • Bourne End, Bedford (MK43)
  • Grand Union Housing Group
  • £6,000 per annum payable monthly
  • Permanent

Grand Union Homes Limited is a market sale subsidiary of Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG). We are looking to recruit a Non Executive Director to support Grand Union Homes to deliver market sale homes in line with our Development strategy.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • experience of creating and implementing successful strategies for the delivery of market sale homes
  • senior level experience within the house building sector, working at a senior position in a company with a track record of acquiring sites, obtaining planning permission, building new homes, selling in a competitive market and exceeding profit targets
  • delivery experience, ideally within the Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire market area.

The successful candidate will contribute to investment decisions, managing risk and maximising the impact of an agreed on lend facility to generate profit for our wider social purpose and deliver much needed new homes. If you are committed and passionate about our purpose, can bring skills and experience that help us deliver, manage risk and provide appropriate oversight, we would like to hear from you.

Closing date: Friday 25th January 2019

Interview date: W/C 4th February 2019

Contact: heather freeman-dawson
Reference: Totaljobs/NTXKR380749
Job ID: 84849872

non-executive director

Jan 172019

Trustees - Early Education

Organisation: Early Education
Reference:  EE-FIN (Finance) / EE-MC (Marketing & Communication)
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 28th February 2019
Region: London

Vacancy Details

Could you help this small national early years charity to increase its reach and impact?

Trustees wanted with:

  • financial experience to work with and possibly succeed our current Treasurer in 2022. Experience in HR and/or communication and marketing would be a bonus
  • marketing and communications expertise to support the creation a strategy to reach beyond our traditional membership base.

About Us

Early Education is a charity and limited company. For 95 years we have worked as a membership organisation to promote high quality early childhood education and support early years practitioners throughout the UK. We have a small staff team based in Watford; trustees are located across the UK.

Trustee with Financial Experience

We seek a trustee with previous experience in financial management to strengthen the skills base of our Board. Experience of fundraising, marketing and communications and/or human resources would be an advantage. Experience as a charity trustee is desirable.

You will support the Board of Trustees and Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP) in scrutinising the charity’s financial affairs. Our current Treasurer has just been appointed for a further 3-year term; we will seek to identify a successor at least a year in advance. There will therefore be opportunities to transition into this role for the right candidate.

Job description:

  • to be a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • to work with and support the Treasurer to ensure that adequate financial controls are in place and that the organisation operates within a sound financial framework
  • to work with and support the Treasurer and senior staff who have responsibility for financial matters, in order to be satisfied that the financial information presented is comprehensive and accurate

Person specification:

  • commitment to the organisation with willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to perform an effective role
  • sound financial skills and experience and ideally knowledge of HR, fundraising and/or marketing and communications
  • the ability to communicate complex financial information clearly and without unnecessary jargon
  • strategic vision and ability to think creatively
  • understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • good, independent judgement
  • tact and diplomacy, impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • good communication and interpersonal skills

Trustee with Marketing and Communications Expertise

We are looking to recruit a trustee with experience in marketing and communications to strengthen the skills base of our Board.

You must have previous experience in marketing and communications. Additionally, knowledge and experience of fundraising, human resources and/or finance would be advantageous Experience as a trustee of a charity is desirable, but a sound understanding of marketing and communications is more important.

You will work closely with the staff team and a subgroup of trustees in developing a marketing strategy to expand our membership base and raise our public profile.

Job description:

  • to be a member of the Board of Trustees and if appropriate of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • to participate in ad hoc working groups for instance on marketing and communications

Person specification:

  • commitment to the organisation with willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to perform an effective role
  • Sound marketing and communication skills ideally knowledge of HR, fundraising and/or finance
  • strategic vision and ability to think creatively
  • understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • good, independent judgement
  • tact and diplomacy, impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • good communication and interpersonal skills

The Board

The Board meets four times a year. We also have a Finance & General Purposes Committee which meets four times a year in between Board meetings. All of these meetings are held in Watford. In addition to attending meetings of the Board and any other committees or working groups of which you become a member, you will be expected to participate in the life of the charity in the same way as other trustees, eg take part in interviews, respond to emails relating to Board business in between meetings, etc.

We are keen to increase the diversity of the Board, and therefore would particularly welcome applications from men, and people from minority ethnic communities.

To apply please write and tell us how you match the fit the person specification and job description and what you would do for Early Education. No more than two sides of A4 with the details of two referees to Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive at beatrice@early-education.org.uk

The closing date is flexible.

Advert Start Date: 10th January 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 01923 438995
Contact Name: Beatrice Merrick
Contact E-mail: beatrice@early-education.org.uk



Jan 142019

Chair - London Sport

Recruiter: GLA
Location: Central London
Salary: £6,400 per annum
Posted: 21 Dec 2018
Closing date: 20 Jan 2019
Ref: LSC2019
Industry: Government & politics, Local government, Policy, Leisure, Sport & fitness
Job function: Trustee & non-executive director
Job level: Senior executive
Hours: Part time
Contract: Contract
Listing type: Job vacancy

BAME Recruitment is delighted to partner with the Mayor of London on the recruitment of the Chair of the Board of London Sport.

The Board is looking for a senior leader who is passionate about physical activity and sport in London and has a range of insights and expertise.

London Sport was created by the Mayor of London, Sport England, and London Councils to help London to become the most physically active city in the world. To get them some of the way there they have an ambitious target of helping to get 1,000,000 Londoners to be more physically active by 2020. London Sport is the centre of excellence for physical activity and sport and works with London’s 33 Local Authorities and hundreds of other organisations, supporting them in their work because we all believe that being more physically active improves people’s lives. London Sport aims to create long-term behaviour change in London’s population, so that all Londoners can enjoy the benefits of living physically active lives.

The new Chair will lead the Board in an exciting stage of London Sports mission, with the Mayor’s Sport Strategy, Sport for All of Us, published earlier this month. With a passion for grassroots physical activity and sport, the ideal candidate will be a confident communicator and public speaker, with a proven ability to think strategically, manage the board and influence senior stakeholders. Candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to equality and diversity would be at an advantage.

For further information please read the full Applicant Pack on the London.gov website here.

Applicants who declare they have disability will be considered under their Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). They recognise both the Equality Act 2010 definition and the social definition. For more information click here.

Please click on the apply button and upload your CV and covering letter. Your CV and a covering letter combined should not exceed 5 sides in total. In your cover letter please explain why you are suitable for the role by addressing the full person specification.

Application closing date: Sunday 20 January 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

Interview date: week commencing 25 February 2019.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and the Mayor of London strives to reflect London's diversity in all Board appointments. The aim is that the Board of London Sport contains a broad range of experience and reflects London’s diversity. They welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

Jan 142019

Non Executive Director - Grand Union Housing Group

Recruiter: Grand Union Housing Group
Location: Cranfield, Bedford
Salary: £6,000 per annum, payable monthly
Posted: 11 Jan 2019
Closes: 25 Jan 2019
Ref: NTXKR380749
Sectors: Public Sector
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time

Non Executive Director
Cranfield with travel to other sites
£6,000 per annum, payable monthly

Our client is looking to recruit a Non Executive Director to support them to deliver market sale homes in line with their Development strategy.

Their ideal candidate will have:

  • experience of creating and implementing successful strategies for the delivery of market sale homes
  • senior level experience within the house building sector, working at a senior position in a company with a track record of acquiring sites, obtaining planning permission, building new homes, selling in a competitive market and exceeding profit targets
  • delivery experience, ideally within the Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire market area.

The successful candidate will contribute to investment decisions, managing risk and maximising the impact of an agreed on lend facility to generate profit for their wider social purpose and deliver much needed new homes. If you are committed and passionate about their purpose, can bring skills and experience that help them deliver, manage risk and provide appropriate oversight, they would like to hear from you.

Available Documents

non-executive director

Jan 142019

Treasurer - Young Barnet Foundation

Organisation: Young Barnet Foundation
Vacancy Type: Treasurer
Deadline: 22nd February 2019
Region: London

Vacancy Details

About the role

The Young Barnet Foundation are looking for an experienced accountant &/or treasurer to add their skills to the current Board of Trustees as the Treasurer. Working closely with the operational staff this role is to oversee the financial processes and controls along with reporting back to the Board of Trustees on financial matters.
Overall, you will:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts, and audits.

Find out more about this opportunity by reading the Treasurer Job Description and Trustee Recruitment Pack at https://www.youngbarnetfoundation.org.uk/vacancies

About Young Barnet Foundation

We believe that children and young people need safe space to grow and develop into resilient adults. For this, all children and young people need opportunities for learning and fun, beyond family and formal education, building strong trusted relationships with adults and their peers; leading to broadened networks, increased confidence and valuable life skills.

The Young Barnet Foundation is a member driven movement, which invests in charity and community groups to support local children and young people by enhancing opportunities, activities and services. We do this by:

  1. Growing and operating a grants pot for the voluntary and community sector working with children and young people in the borough, through local giving.
  2. Developing consortium / partnership bids to support smaller players within the sector.
  3. Developing (in partnership with others) a venue platform matching organisations with space to organisations that need space.
  4. Impact Monitoring – helping organisations to tell the story, backed up by reliable data.

Who are we looking for?

  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary).
  • Good financial analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.

The wonderful organisations and the young people that we serve come from a diverse range of backgrounds - they speak dozens of different languages, have a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and experience a broad range of different traditions, religious and cultural influences. We want our organisation to offer the best possible support to the children and young people's voluntary and community sector. We believe that in order to do that we need to be proactive about:

  • Offering all young people, a diverse range of role models.
  • Ensuring that our decision-making processes are informed by a range of different perspectives.
  • Ensuring that our organisation reflects the community it serves.

We are therefore particularly keen to encourage applicants to our trustee board who come from black and minority ethnic communities, who are currently underrepresented on our board.

Practical considerations

Our Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6.15-8.00pm at our offices in Burnt Oak. We can make arrangements for you to join the meeting remotely from time to time.

We expect that you will provide support and advice to the executive team in between meetings, in order to oversee our financial affairs and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

This is an unpaid position.

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team with drive and passion, which is making a real difference, through its members, to the lives of children and young people. We look forward to hearing from you.

Advert Start Date: 12th January 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 020 3621 6090
Contact Name: Peter Williamson
Contact E-mail: peterw@youngbarnetfoundation.org.uk
Url: www.youngbarnetfoundation.org.uk

Jan 142019

Chair - Mill Hill Preservation Society

Organisation: Mill Hill Preservation Society
Reference: MHPS Committee Chair
Vacancy Type: Chair
Deadline: 29th January 2019
Region: London

Vacancy Details

The Mill Hill Preservation Society in London NW7 was established in 1949 "to protect the amenities of Mill Hill and, in particular, to protect its natural, historical and architectural features of beauty and interest; to encourage the preservation of existing open spaces ...and in particular, the principle of the Green Belt".

The Society's Trustees oversee the work of the Committee and ensure necessary regulatory compliance. The day to day work of the Society is carried out by the Committee under the leadership of its Chair. The current Chair has been in place for 12 years and has done a tremendous job; he stand down at the AGM in March 2019 and we are looking for a replacement. The area is faced constantly with a wide range of challenges: at the moment, amongst other things, there are potential incursions into the Green Belt and numerous huge developments either already under way or proposed. Considerable energy and enthusiasm is required from the Chair to ensure the Society is alert to all these and responding to them in an appropriate manner. There is considerable expertise in many areas amongst the Society members; the Chair will continue to harness this.

Please contact the Chair of the Trustees, Nick Priestnall, if you are interested in the role of Chair. (We would also welcome hearing from you if you feel that you can contribute to or support the Society in any other way.)

Advert Start Date: 13th January 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 07850 484488
Contact Name: Nick Priestnall
Contact E-mail: nickpriestnall@msn.com
Url: http://www.mhps.org.uk/

Jan 142019

Non-Executive Director - NERC: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Recruiter: NERC
Location: London
Salary: Remuneration package of £9000 per annum, where eligible, together with reasonable expenses.
Posted: 10 Jan 2019
Closing date: 18 Feb 2019
Ref: NED
Industry: Environment, Policy, legislation & strategy, Science, General, Research
Job function: Trustee & non-executive director
Hours: Part time
Contract: Contract
Listing type: Job vacancy

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is looking for an independent, part-time, non-executive Director to join two other non-executive Directors on the NERC Management Board (NMB). NERC carries out and supports environmental science research in its Research Centres and through funding research carried out in Universities and with other partners. NMB supports the NERC Executive Chair in the day to day management of NERC.

As an NMB non-executive director you will also sit on the NERC Assurance Board and the NERC Centres’ Assurance Boards and participate in other ad hoc task and finish groups as detailed in the application pack.

Your role will primarily be to:

  • Scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed organisational goals and objectives;
  • Fully participate in assurance of the organisation
  • Challenge management on decision-making
  • Challenge and scrutinise financial information and ensure that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible.

To carry out this role effectively, you will be expected to:

  • Visit our Research Centres and Swindon Office to better understand their work
  • Share your leadership skills and experiences with fellow NMB members and other leaders in NERC
  • Engage with members of NERC Council and other NERC committees as opportunities arise
  • Provide independent views on the leadership of key NERC activities, where appropriate

Ideally with experience of managing in a large, complex organisation and an interest in environmental or other sciences, you should be able to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to help NERC and NMB improve its performance.

In return, as well as offering the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in a new setting, we offer a remuneration package of £9000 per annum, where eligible, together with reasonable travel and subsistence costs (in line with organisational policies) for carrying out the role. The appointment is for a period of three years in the first instance, which may be extended subject to annual performance review.

For further information on roles and responsibilities, the full person specification and details on how to apply please see the application pack.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12:00 (midday) on 18 February 2019.

Interviews will be held in London on 10 and 11 April 2019.

The successful candidate will be expected to attend their first meeting on 21 May / 25 June 2019 to facilitate a handover of responsibilities.

NERC is committed to the principle of public appointment with openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns. NERC is particularly keen to ensure diversity in membership of its boards and committees.

If you have any queries please contact, Sue Morrell, by telephone on (01793) 442571 

To apply, please visit our website

Supporting documents

Jan 142019

Trustee - Criminal Justice Alliance

Organisation: Criminal Justice Alliance
Reference: CJA2019
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 28th January 2019
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

As we prepare to launch and implement our three year strategy in 2019, the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) are seeking to recruit new trustees to join us at this exciting time to help us achieve our ambitious goals for a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.

We always aim to recruit both from our member organisations and among those with expert knowledge to bring to our work.

We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on the Board. We are particularly keen to receive applications from black, Asian and minority ethic people and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

We are also looking for applicants with knowledge of charity finance, communications, fundraising, policy/public affairs, equalities issues and/or expertise in any of the topics related to our work streams.

The role is unpaid, but we can cover reasonable expenses and provide access to relevant training and mentorship.

Applicants are asked to send a CV (maximum two sides) and covering letter (of no more than 500 words) outlining why they're interested in the role and what they could bring to our Board. They're also asked to provide details of two referees.

For more details, and to apply, please see: http://criminaljusticealliance.org/become-cja-trustee/

Advert Start Date: 14th January 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 02031761153
Contact Name: Nina Champion
Contact E-mail: nina.champion@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk
Url: http://criminaljusticealliance.org/become-cja-trustee/

Jan 112019

Members - Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Reference: 1597
Remuneration: £8,416 per annum
Location: Ayrshire
Closing date: 01 February 2019 at midnight

If you are looking for a rewarding and worthwhile opportunity, we would like to hear from you. Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland. Please pass on details of these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 400,000 people living in the area, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the population.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is looking for two new members to join its Board. As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in guiding the strategies which address the health and social care priorities and care needs of the resident population and monitor the performance of the Board in delivering these. You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution.

NHS Scotland's values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. These values, as outlined in the Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision, are: care and compassion; dignity and respect; openness, honesty and responsibility; and, quality and teamwork and guide the work of the Board in all that it does. As a member of the Board, you will not only need to have the right skills, knowledge and experience for the role, but also be able to demonstrate behaviour aligned to these values.

An essential requirement for these posts is that you can demonstrate knowledge about or connection to the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board.

In filling one of these posts we are particularly looking for individuals with the following:

  • Relevant financial, audit and risk experience

For both posts, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • NHSScotland Values
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively
  • Ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests
  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues
  • Ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking

You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board. We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.

The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Ayrshire & Arran and its role within NHS Scotland.

  • Remuneration: £8,416 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable. You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively.
  • Time commitment: The time commitment will vary week to week, but on average the role will take up around 8 hours per week. This time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, committee meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events. You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board's ongoing business needs.
  • Appointment details: The term of appointment will be for up to 4 years. When a term comes to an end, the skills the Board requires will be reassessed. If you satisfy the requirements of the new person specification at that time, and there is evidence of your effective performance, Scottish Ministers may consider reappointing you for a further term. A non-executive member's total period of appointment will not exceed eight years.
  • Location: The meetings for Ayrshire & Arran NHS Board are held across Ayrshire on a rotational basis.
  • Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on 11 and 12 March in Ayr.
  • Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Dr Martin Cheyne, by calling Laura Parker, Personal Assistant to the Chair, on 01292 513628, or by emailing l.parker4@nhs.net.

For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 1st February 2019.

Appointments to Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Apply for this Vacancy

Additional Information

Jan 102019

Non-executive director x 3 - Exceed Academies Trust

Corporate Governance Human Resources Legal/Compliance Non-executive/Trustee Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 8th February 2019

Exceed Academies Trust serve communities within the Bradford district, seeks to recruit three new non-executive directors with strong HR, legal and real estate/property backgrounds to join its board. Exceed Academies Trust serves communities with some of the highest levels of social and economic deprivation in the city of Bradford. Board meetings are held at Exceed Academies Trust, Dawnay Road, Bradford.

About the trust

Exceed Academies Trust has grown steadily following invitations by the DfE to take additional academies under its care. The trust currently has five primaries and one all-through school which caters for children from the ages of 4-16 and will shortly add two Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). Throughout this period of change the team has secured and maintained high pupil outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) over several years. This has underpinned the accreditation and development of two teaching schools that jointly lead the alliance of partner schools and academies.

In September 2017, Exceed Academies Trust became responsible for a SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teaching Training). The initial cohort of trainees will be primary focused but from 2018 the SCITT will also deliver secondary training.

The trust is will shortly welcome Bradford Central Pupil Referral Unit (BCPRU). This caters for children who struggle to cope with a normal mainstream school. This is currently judged by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. Additionally, with the added capacity of BCPRU, the DfE has asked the trust to sponsor Bradford District Pupil Referral Unit, which has been judged as ‘Special Measures’.

Exceed Academies Trust has potential to grow further in the future, offering further opportunities to incorporate additional schools into the trust.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To build a strong governance through effective lines of accountability and compliance at all levels, as the trust restructures its board to implement a clear separation between different levels of governance.
  2. To maintain high standards and build on positive outcomes for pupils, as the trust expands while managing financial challenges.
  3. To grow the trust to increase sustainability whilst maintaining high levels of performance across schools and delivering effective and sustainable improvements to joining schools.

Trust ethos & values

Exceed Academies Trust vision is to provide an outstanding school experience for all. Its schools aim to be inclusive and high achieving, in which learners, staff and the wider community strive to ‘see what’s possible’.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 3

Roles 1-3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with 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.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • HR
    • Legal/ Compliance
    • Real estate/ Property
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
    • Corporate Governance
  • Desirable
    • CEO/ General Management
    • Change Management
    • Growth Management
    • Risk
    • Succession Planning

The trust seeks to recruit a range of skills to its board, with experience and expertise from across a variety of professional backgrounds. All of the roles require individuals possessing a strong ‘general’ skill-set.

Individuals with experience – and, importantly, relevant professional qualifications where applicable – in HR, law and property management are most highly sought by the trust, as well as a broad array of complementary skills, as listed in the ‘desirable’ section, to help develop its board strength and breadth. Experience of willingness to work constructively and effectively with all accordance to the ‘Nolan Principles: Standard of Public Life’ are essential.

The trust works with and supports a diverse range of communities and would welcome applications from candidates reflecting this diversity.

Time commitment

The Board meets each half term (six times per year). Some trustees are invited to join the Risk & Audit Committee which meets once each term (three times a year). The trust is reviewing the start time of the meetings to suit the new trustees but this is likely to be around 5pm (+/1 hour).

A programme of induction is organised by the Company Secretary and this could include visits to some individual academies to familiarise new trustees with the range of challenges and a programme of training is also available. Trustees are invited to academy functions and are encouraged to attend when possible but the Chair and CEO understand that trustees are not expected to attend every engagement, especially as the trust grows. Overall it is likely the time demand will be 4-6 hours per month (on average).

Location of board meetings and trust website

Exceed Academies Trust, Dawnay Road, Bradford, BD5 9LQ


Governance structure


Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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.

“Academy 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 (2017)

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.


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 8th February 2019

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