Non-Executive Directors at Danes Educational Trust

Chorleywood, England
15 Jan 2021
14 Feb 2021
JN -082020-884
Specialist Area
Corporate Strategy
HR Jobs Level
Executive / Officer

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Chorleywood? Danes Educational Trust seeks three non-executives/directors to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Danes Educational Trust in Hertfordshire currently comprises four secondary schools, with plans to grow six schools by the end of the 2019/20 academic year. It has proven expertise in school improvement, with its founding school, St Clement Danes, leading the Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance and Regional Science Learning Partnership. The trust now seeks to recruit additional trustees with expertise in Estates/Property and Senior Leadership in business to join the experienced trust board. Board meetings are held in one of the schools of the trust in Hertfordshire.

The board seeks three business leaders with expertise in

* Corporate governance or
* Strategic thinking or
* Estates and property or
* HR or
* Finance

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 - 24 months:

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

1 Managing growth to ensure a consistent educational approach across all the schools as they join
2 Effective communication so as to ensure all schools feel part of the trust and stakeholder relationships are managed effectively.
3 Maintaining financial strength and growing the central services team at the right pace to ensure adequate service delivery without excessive expenditure.
4 Further growth - further expansion is planned after a period of consolidation.

What's involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, 'eyes on, hands off' commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours' time per month.

You will be responsible for:

* Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
* Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
* Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.