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Non-Executive Directors at Cardinal Newman Catholic Educational

Employer
Academy Ambassador
Location
Bristol, England
Salary
Voluntary
Closing date
27 Aug 2021

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Sector
Education
HR Jobs Level
Executive / Officer
Specialist Area
General HR Function
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Job Details

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at single-academy and multi-academy trusts (SATs and 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 Cardinal Newman Catholic Educational Trust is a brand-new multi-academy trust being established by eight schools within the local authority areas of Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. The trust is already registered at Companies House but all other arrangements are at the planning stage and thus these roles provide an exciting opportunity for non-executive directors to be part of a trailblazing enterprise. Plans are in place for the schools to transfer into the trust from 1st March 2022 but it is hoped the Directors will meet in the pre-opening phase to oversee the strategic planning to allow the trust to get off to a strong start. The trust seeks four non-executive directors with executive-level expertise in accountancy, primary education leadership, IT/data protection or as a Chief Operating Officer to join a small group of initial appointments adding vital skills and a capacity for the future. Applicants of all faiths (or those of no faith) are welcome. Board meetings will be taking place virtually or at Alexander House BS5 0TX, when safe to do so.

The board seeks three business leaders with board-level experience in

* Qualified Accountant / Finance Director OR
* Education Leadership & Safeguarding OR
* COO (Chief Operating Officer) OR
* IT/Digital Transformation/Data Protection

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

1 Recruiting key people - The Diocese is currently supporting the working groups to recruit the executive team and trust board of directors.
2 School improvement - to continue the challenge of ensuring high-quality education.
3 Financial management - to ensure viability and sustainability across the trust and maximise the economies of scale to ensure resources are targeted appropriately and in line with the identified improvement priorities.

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.
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