Non-Executive Director x 2

Location
Chatham, Kent
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteer
Posted
09 Mar 2017
Closes
09 Apr 2017
Ref
Greenacre Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Greenacre Academy Trust

Greenacre Academy Trust is changing young people’s life chances in Medway and Gravesend through raising school standards and an innovative curriculum that prepares them for work and life beyond exams. Two new non-executives are sought - a Chair of Finance and a NED with business growth/marketing experience - to support the trust as it embarks upon significant growth from four schools to around seven. Board meetings are held at in Chatham ME5 0LP and other schools in close proximity.

About the trust

The trust’s vision is for ‘Skills for Life’ to pervade the curriculum and extra-curricular activity of all pupils. This means that in addition to traditional subjects and lessons the young people gain life skills and are exposed to a broad range of potential careers and mentors from the business world both locally and regionally.

The trust facilitates the sharing of good practice across all the academies to spread the impact of successful initiatives and each academy is able to give and receive support irrespective of their Ofsted grading or performance table position. Central services are delivered by the trust and include HR, Finance, Admin, Data, IT Network and Skills for Life, enabling school leaders to concentrate on the quality of teaching and the raising of standards.

The academies include relatively high numbers of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and the secondary school is a non-selective boys school within the highly competitive Kent Grammar system. In addition to the boys secondary the trust currently comprises a shared mixed gender sixth form, two primary schools, a speech and language unit and a private nursery.

Trust ethos & values

The trust prides itself on its Skills for Life Curriculum and on preparing young people for life beyond exams with innovative provision and business experiences. Its aim is to make the academies within the Greenacre Academy Trust the first choice for parents wishing their children to learn vocational and personal skills for a productive and successful life. As well as to make the secondary academies the first choice for employers when looking for apprentices and trainees.

Plans for the Future

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

1. To continue to ensure that all academies within the trust obtain at least a Good Ofsted review, building on Greenacre’s recent success in improving Chantry Academy in less than two years, followed by further work to build to Outstanding.

2.  Maximise economies of scale as budget constraints evolve supported by a robust three year and outline five-year plan covering all aspects of whole trust engagement and development.

3. Manage substantial growth while maintaining rigour and scrutiny over the existing schools.

In addition, one primary school will see a whole school rebuild within the next 12 months.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  2

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Essential

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Strategic

Desirable

  • Qualified accountant
  • Audit
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Person specification

The Chair of Finance will be an experienced accountant/audit /finance professional. There is good business experience on the board as the Chair is a leading business founder and the board also benefits from a board member from the aeronautical engineering sector. To complement these skills, the new board member should have experience in compliance, risk management and have worked in a regulated environment.

Time commitment

10 hours per month (minimum).

Trustees will meet three to four times a year. Each meeting is expected to last three hours (max) and should factor in some preparation time

Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Essential

  • Branding/Marketing
  • Strategic

Desirable

  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Person specification

The trust seeks talented individuals who have the ability to work strategically with experience of leadership at senior management or director level. Marketing and branding experience is particularly sought to develop the trust’s reputation as it expands, building on a successful track record and an innovative approach to the curriculum to engage parents and the wider community.

Time commitment

6 hours per month (minimum)

Trustees will meet three to four times a year. Each meeting is expected to last three hours (max) and should factor in some preparation time

Trust Website

http://greenacreacademytrust.co.uk

Governance Structure

There are three Members, a Board of Directors with sub-committees and each school has its own local governing body

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. 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: 20th April 2017

Interviews: TBC

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