Non-Executive Director x 3, Members x 2

5 days left

Location
Bedale, North Yorkshire
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
28 Sep 2017
Closes
27 Oct 2017
Ref
Mowbray Multi Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function, Recruitment
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent

Mowbray Multi Academy Trust

 

Mowbray Multi Academy Trust seeks to recruit three non-executives and two members to its board. The trust, founded by Mowbray School in Bedale, educates and cares for children and young people with significant and complex learning difficulties. Experienced individuals, from a number of different sectors, are invited to assist in an exciting period of development and expansion, as the trust works to maintain and improve provision for its pupils in the face of considerable demand. Board meetings are held at Mowbray School, Masham, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2SD.

 

About the trust

Pupils who attend Mowbray Multi Academy Trust live in all areas of North Yorkshire; the trust also educates pupils from other Local Authorities and, - due to its proximity to Catterick Garrison - a high number of service children.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges facing the trust for the next 12 months are:

  1. Develop from a single academy trust (SAT) to a multi academy trust (MAT)
  2. Ensure the educational standards of all the school remain high.
  3. Identify and implement measures to ensure improved economic efficiencies and link this to improving outcomes for pupils.
  4. Identify partner schools.

The trust has already had discussions with various other North Yorkshire Special schools about the formation of a MAT, those schools have indicated their interest in this and the trust has been directly approached by another North Yorkshire Special School declaring their interest.

Places demand in North Yorkshire Special schools is very high and there are significant capacity issues and need for improvement to existing school buildings in order to improve provision for pupils. It is necessary to address the challenges that existing school premises currently present and to think expansively about accommodation needs.

Trust ethos & values

The Mobray MAT believes that all children and young people regardless of their needs, develop their understanding of their world and that it is our purpose to ensure that we provide them with all they need to do so. It will aspire to provide the highest quality learning environment and the highest level of teaching and learning to meet each child, pupil and student’s needs.

Each school/academy within the trust will have its own unique values and ethos, however integral to this is the vision of the Mobray Multi Academy Trust. It believes strongly that working collaboratively will raise standards of teaching & learning; improve in facilities; develop expertise; provide sustainable career opportunities; promote financial efficiencies and improved provision for all.

As the MAT will be centrally based at Mowbray School in Bedale, the lead school will initially use its logo and website until a MAT one is developed.

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  5

 

Roles 1 to 3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth, and the management of a dynamic structure. Their role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential – not all candidates will have all skills

  • IT/Technology
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Entrepreneur/Founder

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Restructuring
  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Risk
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Person specification

The trust is looking for an individual who can demonstrate considerable expertise in at least one of the above essential criteria. This includes a requirement for an individual with significant experience in the Information Technology sector, who can deal confidently with senior individuals on all matters related to strategic planning, technology and change.

It would be advantageous to identify an individual with experience of managing rapid growth and sustaining quality across a number of establishments, including underperforming organisations.

Time commitment

It is anticipated that there will be formal meetings with fellow directors; school visits and meeting with school staff at least six times per year, with meetings lasting between one and four hours. It is more realistic to expect to attend nine meetings per year . There will also be additional time for reading and analysing papers, interviewing and appointing staff and other duties linked to the role.

 

Roles 4 & 5 – Member

The trust is also looking to recruit an individual 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 competencies required for this role include:

Essential – not all candidates will have all skills

  • HR
  • IT/Technology
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Entrepreneur/Founder

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Restructuring
  • Growth Management

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

It is anticipated that there will be formal meetings with fellow directors; school visits and meeting with schools staff six times per year, with meetings lasting between one and four hours. There will also be additional time for reading and analysing papers, interviewing and appointing staff and other duties linked to the role.

 

Trust Website

www.mowbrayschool.co.uk

Governance Structure Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 25% 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.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”  Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

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: 10th November 2017.

Interviews:    TBC

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