Non-executive director x 1

Location
For more information on the trust, please see their website: www.middlesexlearningtrust.org.uk
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteering
Posted
14 Dec 2018
Closes
14 Jan 2019
Ref
Middlesex Learning Trust (MLT)
Specialist Area
General HR Function
Sector
Education
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Middlesex Learning Trust (MLT)

Middlesex Learning Trust seeks a non-executive director to support the expansion of the trust beyond the two current Outstanding (Ofsted) secondary academies to include a new Free School and additional academies. Specific experience of marketing, HR or corporate governance is requested from applicants. Board meetings are held in North London.

About the trust

Middlesex Learning Trust (MLT) is a new trust established in 2017 comprised of two secondary academies – The Compton School and Southgate School in Enfield. Following the success of both academies receiving ‘Outstanding’ Oftsted ratings, the trust aims to share their resources and expertise by taking on more academies in the Middlesex and North London communities.

MLT have plans to expand the trust initially by adding primary academies, and then other secondary academies all located within the Middlesex area of North London and surrounding counties. The trust has recently received authorisation to open a secondary free school in Barnet.

MLT has a strong and diverse team of members, trustees and governors and have recently recruited an excellent new Chair of Trustees who brings corporate expertise and independence to the board. They are now looking for an additional, independent and corporate non-executive/trustee to further strengthen governance of the trust.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Competition – MLT recognises that growing their multi-academy trust (MAT) in London will be challenging, as there are already a number of MATS with schools of Good or Outstanding Ofsted ratings. Locating schools or academies motivated to joining MLT specifically will need strategic planning.
  2. Governance – the trust is eager to consolidate and develop strong governance systems in order to foster an effective MAT. They seek three non-executive/trustees as they restructure their governing bodies.
  3. Growth and Diversify – MLT aims to diversify from secondary academies to add at least one primary school. The trust hopes that an outstanding primary school will be encouraged to join the trust and help shape the primary arm of the trust, encouraging more primaries to follow soon after.

The development of Central Services which provide an attractive offer for academies at the same time as being affordable for a starter MAT

Trust Ethos & Values

The key purpose of Middlesex Learning Trust is to deliver the best possible education for their students, to enable them to maximise their achievements, academically, socially and emotionally ready to take their place in society as positive and successful adults.  It is the intention of the trust that MLT will become a centre of excellence that enables students of all abilities and backgrounds to succeed in across a broad and balanced curriculum.

Role Summary Number of Positions Advertised: 1 Role 1. Trustee/Non-Executive Director

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.

Middlesex Learning Trust is looking to recruit a new non-executive director with a background in either marketing, HR or corporate governance to join the trust board. Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Growth Management
  • Change Management AND
  • Branding/Marketing OR
  • HR OR
  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning
  • IT/Technology
  • Legal/Compliance

Person Specification

  • Marketing/Communications: MLT is keen to appoint a candidate with expert experience of growth and change management within a branding and marketing setting. Ideally candidates will have strong IT and technology skills.
  • HR: the trust seeks an applicant with the ability to support the board’s restructuring in a HR capacity. Applicants with previous experience of succession planning and change management are strongly preferred.
  • Corporate Governance: the ideal applicant will have high-calibre experience of corporate governance, such as a previous or current executive position. Individuals with a legal background are encouraged to apply.

Time Commitment

6-8 hours per month (minimum)

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

For more information on the trust, please see their website: www.middlesexlearningtrust.org.uk

Board meetings are held at The Compton School, Summers Lane, London, N14 7EN

Governance Structure

For more information regarding the trust’s governance structure, please see: http://www.middlesexlearningtrust.org.uk/289/mlt-governance

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 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: Monday 7th January

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