Non-Executive Director x 2, Member x 1

Location
Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteer
Posted
16 May 2017
Closes
23 Jun 2017
Ref
Humber Education Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Humber Education Trust

The newly forming Humber Education Trust is seeking two new trustee/non-executive directors  and a Member to join its expanding board. The trust consists of ten primary schools and two special schools, all of which are based in Hull and serve areas of relatively high deprivation. Some of the schools are in the process of converting to academy status but all are already working closely and the legal processes will be completed in the next few months. Board meetings are likely to be held at one of the schools, all of which are within the Hull boundary.

For information, the schools within this trust are: Adelaide Primary School, Broadacre Primary School, Christopher Pickering Primary School, Clifton Primary School, Gillshill Primary School, Maybury Primary School, Neasden Primary School, Parkstone Primary School, St Nicholas Primary School, Woodland Primary School, Ganton Special School, and Tweendykes Special School & Sixth Form.

  About the trust

The trust is made up of schools that have historically worked very successfully together. There are four outstanding schools, seven good schools, and one that is currently graded as 'requires improvement’ by OFSTED.

Within Humber Education Trust there are ten primary schools for those aged 3-11 years, two special schools, for pupils aged 3-19 years; and talks are underway with two more special schools that cater for the full 3-19 age range regarding the possibility of setting up a Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) hub.

Trust ethos & values

Humber Education Trust believes that one size does not fit all; high expectations, support and challenge go hand in hand. The trust’s determination to achieve the best outcome for every young person, means that its academies are relentless in the pursuit of excellence in all settings.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To improve systems and processes for finance, business and HR, in a way that will enable the trust to run more effectively and efficiently.
  2. To build robust and sustainable financial and business approaches to allow the trust to meet its objectives for children’s development.
  3. To manage the growth of the trust in a sensible and careful manner, ensuring that benefits of collaborative working can be shared, without jeopardizing the success of the initial schools.
  4. To consolidate and formalise the structures of the trust.  

After February 2018, the trust will consider its expansion and the possible setting up of a Special Educational Needs & Disabilities hub.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust is looking for a professional with considerable experience in the finance sector, to provide support, and ensure that efficient and effective financial and audit processes are maintained. The individual should have experience in the analysis and scrutiny of financial information, and will act as a ‘critical friend’ - responsible for holding the CFO to account.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • CFO/ Finance

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Change Management
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk

Person specification

The ideal candidate will have the skills and experience required, in finance/accountancy, to advise on the trust’s processes, policies and systems. The trust is looking for somebody able to balance risk with intended outcomes and understand the operational principles of best value.

Time commitment

Meeting schedule still to be arranged. Roughly one meeting per half-term (i.e. every 6-7 weeks).

Role 2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust requires an individual who is able to identify and support the planning of strategic staffing across a large number of settings. They will be asked to provide advice on staffing structures, and have the responsibility of holding key trust personnel to account for staffing spend and the retention of staff.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • HR

Desirable

  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

This individual will have a HR background, ideally in an educational environment. This HR specialist will be equipped with the level of skills and experience that is required contribute to the strategic planning and organisation of the HR requirements of a trust. A professional with experience of managing staffing restructures and issues for financial and operational outcomes, is desired.

Time commitment

Meeting schedule still to be arranged. Roughly one meeting per half-term (i.e. every 6-7 weeks).

Role 3 – MEMBER

The trust is looking to recruit an individual to join four others to sit on the  Members board, providing independent oversight to the work of the main trust board in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. Members have a less ‘hands-on’ approach than trustees and meet less frequently. The members are able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary.

The key competencies for this role include:

Essential

  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • Non-executive director

Person specification

To become a member, it is desirable for an individual to have had previous experience in a NED (non-executive director) or trustee role. Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate experience at a senior manager or director level in the private, charity or public sector. It is important that members of this trust can be relied upon to act honestly, diligently and in good faith.  

Time commitment

One or two meetings per year (on average).

Trust Website

http://www.broadacreprimaryschool.org/?p=11545 - Full trust website currently under development.

Governance Structure

5 members to hold the board to account, and 9 directors/trustees to hold Chief Executive and local governing bodies to account.

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: 23rd June 2017