Non-Executive Director x 2, Member x 1

Location
Carlisle, Cumbria
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
05 Nov 2017
Ref
Cumbria Education Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Cumbria Education Trust

Cumbria Education Trust is seeking to recruit two new non-executives and a new member to its board, to support the growth of the trust. Board meetings are held at Yewdale Primary School, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7SD.

About the trust

The multi academy trust (MAT) was established in September 2014. It originally consisted of two secondary schools and one primary school. Now it has six Academies, four of which are primary.

All new schools to join the MAT, have been sponsored from the beginning.  There are now 3000 young people in the trust, 430 staff, and a £16.8 million budget.

Cumbria Education Trust has radically reformed its central services and governance over the last two years, to ensure its growth and development is well managed and that the central services are highly effective and improving.

It is the largest school based MAT in Cumbria and is well supported by Cumbria County Council.

Plans for the Future

  1. School Improvement – ensuring positive Ofsted judgements and ensuring outstanding education and high performing outcomes for our all children
  2. Robust financial planning – establishing a sustainable business plan which allows all schools to be financially secure and to maximise Trust resources across all schools.
  3. Growth over time to include opportunities for local schools in Cumbria and potentially in Northampton

The trust is passionate about collaborative activity and how that can fundamentally raise standards in education. Its aim is to create hubs across Cumbria that deliver high quality education for young people aged 3-18. 

Trust ethos & values

Trust motto is ‘To Be The Best You Can Be’. Its values are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Roles 1 & 2 – 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.

Role 1

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • IT/Technology

Desirable

  • CEO/General Management
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Person specification

The trust requires 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.

Time commitment

5 x Trust Board Meetings and 3 x Committee Meetings usually 2 hours and are held in Carisle

Role 2

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Branding/Marketing OR
  • HR

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic
  • CEO/General Management

Person specification

This individual should have the ability to contribute to the trust’s human resources expertise - they will provide advice on policies and procedures, the appointment and dismissal of staff, hearing appeals and grievances.

Alternatively, they should offer expertise in the field of public relations, marketing or advertising. This could include front facing PR, marketing the organisation, and advising on dealing with the media, including social media.

Time commitment

5 x Trust Board Meetings and 3 x Committee Meetings per annum. Meetings are 2 hours long and held at Yewdale Primary School, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7SD.

Role 3 – 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

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-Executive Director/Trustee

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance

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. This might include strategic oversight roles and specific areas of responsibility.

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

3 x Member Board Meetings per annum

Trust Website

www.cumbriaeducationtrust.org    

Governance Structure

Cumbria Education Trust Board - Directors

Debbie Francis 

Lorrayne Hughes

Sheila Goodliffe

Margaret Payne

Ian Burke

Cliff Lewis

Chris Sutcliffe

VACANCY

VACANCY

Director, Chair of Trust Board

CEO (Director)

Director (Lead Director for WHS)

Director (Lead Director for WA)

Director (Lead Director for Yanwath PS)

Director (Safeguarding (SG) Director)
(Lead Director for LPS) (Vice Chair)

Director (Lead Director for Yewdale PS)

Director

Director

 

Trust Members

Martin Simpson

Sheila Goodliffe

Margaret Payne Euan Cartwright

Debbie Francis 

VACANCY 

Founding Member Founding Member Founding Member Founding Member Member

Member

 

Audit & Risk Committee

Ian Burke

Debbie Francis

Cliff Lewis

Lorrayne Hughes

Director (Committee Chair)

Director

Director

CEO (Director & CAO)

Supported by Deborah Matthews,
Head of Finance / CFO

 

Achievement & Climate Committee

Margaret Payne

Debbie Francis

Sheila Goodliffe

Chris Sutcliffe

Lorrayne Hughes

Director (Committee Chair)

Director

Director

Director

CEO (Director)

Supported by Paula Breen, COO

  

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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