Non-Executive Director

Location
Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Salary
Unpaid/Voluntary
Posted
24 May 2018
Closes
19 Jun 2018
Ref
Amadeus Primary Academies Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Amadeus Primary Academies Trust in South East London seeks two non-executive directors from a background in the law or Human Resources to join the board of this growing trust. Board meetings are held in Bexley.  

About the Trust

Amadeus Primary Academies Trust opened on 1 September 2015 and comprises four primary schools in the Bexley area.  There are 1850 students and the schools cover a geographical range of low to moderate deprivation. Two schools have special provision for children with Autism. A further two primary schools have formally requested to join and the trust anticipate growing up to ten schools over the next three years.

The Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust with a Church of England Foundation. Three of the founding schools were CofE Church Schools and one a Community Primary School prior to conversion to academy status. The schools run on ethical values and principles which are explicitly Christian in the Church schools.  Board members do not need to be CofE but sympathetic to the ethos and supportive of the trust’s work to provide a good start in life to children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Plans for the Future

Over the next 24 months, Amadeus Primary Academies Trust seeks to strengthen and restructure the trust board. The key challenges will be:

  1. To effectively challenge school performance and make decisions in the best interests of the whole trust, building on recent reforms to ensure a whole-trust governance approach, independent from the Local Governing Bodies.
  2. To ensure effective school improvement by embedding the trust model for School Improvement with the existing trust schools and provide further school improvement capacity for the planned new schools.
  3. To build sustainable growth to ten schools over three years by working with schools which are committed to the trust core values and effective collaboration, developing financially sustainable effective and efficient systems for central support, growing executive leadership capacity and succession planning.
  4. Identify leadership potential for heads of school, headteachers and executive leaders, providing training and developing roles across the trust.

Trust Ethos & Values

Limitless Learning Together. Amadeus Primary Academies Trust is committed to high quality education in a primary context providing continuous school improvement through collaboration, common vision, shared values, collective responsibility and effective accountability.

Role Summary Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Person Specification

Roles 1 and 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust seeks a non-executive director with a particular focus on human resources, organisational design and development and change. In addition a further trustee is sought with broad governance capabilities, which may come from a legal or compliance background. Trustees are particularly sought who have the time and capability to grow into Chair roles. Trustees may also be asked to join the Audit and Risk Committee.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • HR OR
  • Legal/Compliance

Desirable

  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Audit and Risk

Person Specification

The trust would welcome candidates with experience of change management and succession planning. It would also be an advantage if individuals came with a background in either branding/marketing or real estate/property but this is not essential.

Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

The trust’s website is: http://www.apat.org.uk and board meetings are held at Old Bexley CE Primary School, Hurst Road, Bexley, DA5 3JR.

Governance Structure

Please see http://www.apat.org.uk/the-trust/4590444595 for information on board structure, governance and current members and trustees.

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 28% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 726 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools.  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 do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme 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: 19th June 2018

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