Non-Executive Director x 1, Member x 2
The Grange Trust
The Grange Trust, a single-school trust based in Bramley, Rotherham, is looking to add up to four individuals with significant professional skills to its trust board, both as non-executive directors, or ‘trustees’, and Members. The trust is particularly seeking skills in finance, HR and growth management as it plans for growth and development over the coming 12-24 months.
Board meetings are held at Bramley Grange Primary School, Howard Road, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 2SY.
About the trust
The trust currently comprises one school – Bramley Grange Primary – and serves a predominantly middle-class area of low deprivation.
The Grange Trust is seeking to maintain and develop positive partnerships through the growth of the multi-academy trust (MAT), investing in staff development and progression through high-quality support and professional development. It views collaboration with other schools as a key aspect of its move to grow and continue to offer high-quality education.
The Grange Trust has a mission to offer inclusive education for all, including those who are the most vulnerable with the greatest educational support needs.
The trust has published several ‘developing excellence plans’, detailing the short-, medium- and long-term objectives and their delivery across the MAT; these plans help demonstrate the growth management approach of the trust.
Trust ethos & values
The trust’s key vision is ‘excellence for all’, with children at the heart of the school and those within it committed to ensuring that every child has an excellent educational experience, achieving the best they possibly can.
Plans for the Future
The trust is working towards growing to a ‘family of schools’, incorporating both Primary and Special schools that are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Requires improvement’ or ’Special measures’ by Ofsted.
The trust is aiming to provide centralised services as a core aspect of this, as well as focused school-improvement work.
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-36 months are:
- Embarking on a period of measurable and controlled growth, allowing it to increase in size up to five schools
- Strengthened governance of the trust through its a non-executive directors
- Improved income generation and financial efficiencies.
Number of Positions Advertised: 3
Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
The trustee, or ‘non-executive director’, role is a voluntary and unpaid one. Trustees work with the executive leadership team to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep the school on track in delivering outcomes for its pupils.
The competencies required for this role include:
- CEO / General Management
- Growth Management
- Branding/ Marketing
- Legal/ Compliance
- Succession Planning
The trust is seeking a non-executive director with demonstrable and extensive experience in management and leadership, able to handle potentially-complex sets of information and data, and offer clear strategy guidance.
An individual with prior experience overseeing the growth of an organisation, including aspects relating to staff and HR issues, is essential as the trust enters a period of development.
Desirable, but not essential, are skills and knowledge in the area of law and/ or marketing, to assist in guiding the trust as it grows, including expectation management, legal questions and ensuring appropriate and suitable measures are taken to deliver a smooth growth strategy.
3 hours /month minimum.
Roles 2-3 – Member
The trust’s Member role is a voluntary unpaid one. The Members are responsible for overseeing the work of the board of directors. They meet three times a year to ensure financial compliance through audit.
Members are subscribers to the Memorandum and Articles of Association and also oversee the achievement of the Company's objects (as detailed in the Articles of Association). Members are responsible for the appointment – and, where necessary, the removal of – directors.
The competencies required for this role include:
- CFO/ Finance
- Non-executive/ Trustee
- Corporate Governance
- Audit Committee Chair
- Legal / Compliance
- Real estate / Property
The appointment of two additional Members will enhance the overall challenge provided to the trust board. The trust is looking for people who are working, or who have worked, at an executive level: people who understand and recognise the importance of strategic governance. It is important that Members of this trust can be relied upon to act honestly, diligently and in good faith. Experience in a non-executive role previously is advantageous, as well as good knowledge and expertise on corporate governance.
3 meetings per year.
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 24% 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: 8th September
Interviews: 14th September