Non-Executive Director x 2
Morris Education Trust (MET)
Morris Education Trust (MET) is a multi-academy trust formed to build on the excellence achieved and distinct inclusive and international ethos of Impington Village College, a community school located just three miles from the centre of Cambridge. The key challenge will be successful expansion. The trust seeks to appoint two non-executive directors with strong managerial track-records and experience of change management and finance and managing risk in a climate of diminishing resources. About the trust
Morris Education Trust was formed out of the previously standalone academy, Impington Village College (IVC) that converted to academy status in 2012. IVC existed as a single-academy trust (SAT) until the governing body recognised the opportunities and benefits that could be granted if the trust became a multi-academy trust.
A new board was established comprising six non-executive directors (NEDs) and the Chief Executive. Four NEDs have already been appointed with experience of business leadership/entrepreneurship, organisational development, marketing and organisation management.
The new trust intends to play a leading role in the delivery and development of education in Cambridgeshire. Its ambition is to grow to become a trust comprising a minimum of 4,000 learners across both the primary and secondary phases and has already submitted an application to establish a Special Free School. The trust has also been approved by the DfE as an ‘Academy Sponsor’ and is actively working in partnership with academies wishing to join the new trust.
Trust ethos & values
The ethos and values of the trust reflect those of the founding academy, Impington Village College. This successful and highly regarded comprehensive community school on the outskirts of Cambridge was founded in 1939 as the fourth of the village colleges conceived by Henry Morris. These pioneering institutions were built to ‘enhance the quality of actual life’, to work in true and genuine partnership with that other ‘great educational institution – the family’ and to be a testament to the ‘never ceasingness of education’. Such an ethos pervades IVC and the new trust today.
Morris Education Trust intends to be based on the principles of inclusivity: welcoming and supporting all who wish to come to one of its schools. It will be international in its outlook, enabling all students to understand their locality but also to look beyond to a world that is changing rapidly and which needs the adults of tomorrow to be highly skilled, adaptable and constantly willing to learn.
Plans for the Future
The trust recognises a number of key challenges for the next 12 months:
- Building the capacity of governance through the recent reconfiguration of the academy trust and communicating effectively with existing stakeholders about the benefits of this significant change.
- Establishing the infrastructure and scheme of delegation for other potential partners.
- Identifying and persuading potential partners from within the local area to join the new MAT.
- Opening the free school (if successful in its application).
- Expanding the trust whilst ensuring the provision and outcomes of Impington Village College are sustained and improved.
- Supporting and challenging the Chief Executive in his professional development from Headteacher of a standalone school to Chief Executive of a group of schools.
Number of Positions Advertised:
- Non-Executive Director/Trustee
The new NEDs will join a dynamic and enthusiastic board that is highly committed to education and the distinct role it plays in Cambridgeshire. All directors share the strategic oversight of the trust and know and understand its work in detail. There are no specific areas of responsibility for the new appointments. A willingness to learn and an understanding of education is critical. Given the short and medium term future, knowledge and the experience of finance & accounting, change management or organisational development from different sectors would be especially relevant to the appointments.
The key challenge will be growing the Trust whilst sustaining high quality outcomes for all students across its academies, notwithstanding diminishing resources. NEDs must be committed to this and play their part as board members in:
- supporting and challenging the CEO;
- identifying and converting appropriate business and public sector partners;
- developing a culture across the trust based on its core ethos and values;
- developing effective systems and processes to secure excellence as standard within all its academies.
The trust seeks two non-executive directors who will complement the existing board members and bring a more diverse profile to the board. Additional skills in financial management, growth management, HR management, the management of risk and strategy would be valuable. However, more important than particular sectoral expertise is the ability to be an effective non-executive director (acquired from experience in business, commerce, industry or the public sector), along with a passionate commitment to enabling education to flourish.
MET is particularly looking to ensure the board reflects the diversity of the trust.
4-8 hours per month, minimum. Board meetings take place monthly (currently first Tuesday of the month from 7.30am to 9.30am at Impington Village College).
Morris Education Trust Governance Structure:
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.
Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts. 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.
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 don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556.
Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –
Deadline for applications: 9th March 2017
Interviews: TBC (to be held at Impington Village College, Cambridge)