Non-Executive Director x 3

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Location
Hartlepool, Durham
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteer
Posted
27 Apr 2017
Closes
24 May 2017
Ref
Stranton Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Stranton academy Trust

Stranton Academy Trust, in Hartlepool, seeks three non-executive directors to join its board. The trust specifically seeks individuals with expertise in finance, law or IT. The trust currently has three primary schools and has a wide-ranging educational support system for schools within and outside the trust.

Board meetings are held at Stranton Centre, Southburn Terrace, Hartlepool, TS25 1SQ with occasional rotation to other schools within close proximity.

 

About the trust

The Stranton Academy Trust was set up in 2013 to sponsor academies in Hartlepool. The Sponsor school, Stranton Primary School, is an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ school and a National Support School with years of experience of working alongside and supporting schools in the Primary sector. The trust first sponsored Owton Manor Primary School (now Eskdale Academy) which has progressed rapidly from a failing school into a twice rated 'Good' school. A third school, Jesmond Gardens Primary School, was added in October 2016. The trust has aspirations for strategic growth.

 

All academies within the trust now work collaboratively to deliver excellent practice. The trust has an ever-growing support infrastructure - offering educational, financial and IT support to schools within the trust and wider-educational network.

 

Trust ethos & values

The trust is passionate about educational opportunity and this is based on the core values of hard work and determination. The trust aims to prepare children to reach their ambitions and dreams in life by promising to: 

-        Provide the very best learning experiences for students;

-        Provide the very best learning environments for children to be taught in;

-        Provide equal opportunity;

-        Work collaboratively to develop the very best practice for students;

-        Raise the expectations for students and the wider community;

-        Develop the ‘whole child’;

-        Inspire children to achieve the very best.  

For more information on the trust’s ethos and values, visit: http://www.strantonacademytrust.co.uk/Our-Vision-and-Values/

 

Plans for the Future

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

-        To ensure consistent, outstanding educational attainment across all three academies in the trust.

-        To continue to develop an effective infrastructure to support for academies within the trust and within the trust’s budgetary limits.

-        To establish a new supportive and challenging trust board made up of professionals from all sectors who have the passion for driving school improvement.

-        To continue to share best practice from Stranton through school-to-school support for children across the north east region.

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

 

Role 1 – Trustee/ Non-executive Director

 

Essential

-        Legal/ Compliance

-        HR

-        Risk

 

Desirable

-        Branding/ Marketing

-        Change Management

-        Succession Planning

 

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Person specification

The trust seeks an individual with expertise in law who could advise the trust on issues relating to staffing / HR, contracts and the estate.

 

Time commitment

3 hours per month (minimum).

 

Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential

-        Audit Committee Chair

-        Growth Management

-        Risk

 

Desirable

-        CEO/ General Management

-        Change Management

-        Risk

-        Succession Planning

 

Person specification

The trust seeks an individual with expertise in finance to provide financial advice to the trust, creating opportunities to attract more funding and ensuring value for money from existing budgets.

 

Time commitment

3 hours per month (minimum).

 

Role 3– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential

-        IT/ Technology

Desirable

-        Branding/ Marketing

 

Person specificationThe trust seeks an individual with expertise in IT, with the ability to advise the board on IT spend, infrastructure and effective ways of using modern IT approaches. 

 

Time commitment

3 hours per month (minimum).

 

Trust Website

www.strantonacademytrust.co.uk

 

Governance Structure

The trust board consists of 12 non-executive directors, alongside an audit committee and an achievement committee.

 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% 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: Wednesday, 24th May 2017

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