Non-Executive Director x 2

Location
Northumberland
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteer
Posted
23 Feb 2017
Closes
31 Mar 2017
Ref
The Three Rivers Learning Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

THE THREE RIVERS LEARNING TRUST

The Three Rivers Learning Trust has a rich history of providing education in Morpeth and Rothbury. It is seeking to appoint two non-executive board members with skills and experience in HR, corporate governance and growth management to enable it to continue to grow and develop strong governance structures.

Board meetings are held at The King Edward VI High School, Cottingwood Lane, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1DN.

About the trust

The Three Rivers Learning Trust provides education in the Morpeth and Rothbury area to over 2,500 young people aged between nine and nineteen years old. As a central figure in the local and regional community, the trust aims to build upon its existing progress, while maintaining its rich heritage, to enable its young people to success in the 21st century.

The Multi Academy Trust (MAT) was developed in December 2011, consisting Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools and The King Edward VI High School. It is anticipated that Abbeyfields First School will join the trust as a convertor academy in 2017.

A single Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of The Three Rivers, Learning Trust – the trust’s growth and development has led to the need for additional knowledge and experience on the trust board.

Trust ethos & values

The trust has aspirations to develop establish itself among the leading MATs in the country, with demonstrable and far-reaching success measures related to all elements of school life, including teaching and leadership practices, opportunities for students and employees, staff satisfaction, student motivation and attainment, community engagement, future sustainability and inclusion and equality for all.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. The anticipated expansion from three to potentially 10 schools in the next two years. With at least one sponsored school included, it will be incumbent upon the trust to ensure rapid progress.
  2. Implementing a revised governance structure to enable the schools of an expanded trust to thrive. The board will lead and work with academy councils (Local Governing Bodies) to support and challenge the schools to improve further.
  3. Ensuring strong and effective leadership at all levels during the expansion of the Trust and the potential sponsorship of another secondary school, providing smooth transition while maintaining high levels of progression and improvement of all trust schools.
  4. Providing effective and efficient financial management in order to utilise economies of scale and structural efficiency, to maximise the resources available to the teacher and student across all trust schools.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  2

Role 1 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

Director of the trust board, attending board meetings and membership of a committee - either education or resources. May also include membership of a working party to look at a specific issues or to be the named Director for an aspect of the trust's work (e.g. Health and Safety).

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

 

  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Strategic

 

 

Desirable

 

  • Change Management
  • IT/ Technology
  • Restructuring
  • Risk

Person specification

To commit to the 7 Nolan Principles of Public Service - selflessness; objectivity; accountability; leadership; honesty; openness and integrity.

Time commitment

6 hours / month minimum.

Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Director of the Trust Board, attending Board meetings and membership of a committee - either education or resources. May also include membership of a working party to look at a specific issue, or to be the named Director for an aspect of the Trust's work (e.g Health and Safety).

The competencies required for this role include:6 hours / month minimum.To commit to the 7 Nolan Principles of Public Service - selflessness; objectivity; accountability; leadership; honesty; openness and integrity.

Essential

 

  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Strategic

 

 

Desirable

 

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Succession Planning
  • Turnaround

Person specification

To commit to the 7 Nolan Principles of Public Service - selflessness; objectivity; accountability; leadership; honesty; openness and integrity.

Time commitment

6 hours / month minimum.

Trust Website

https://www.the3rivers.net/

Governance Structure

https://www.the3rivers.net/our-governance

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. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation 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. 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: March 31st, 2017