River Tees Multi Academy Trust
River Tees Multi Academy Trust is seeking a new member to join its expanding board. The trust was created from a base of three Alternative Provision schools in Middlesbrough, a town with significant levels of deprivation. It seeks to strengthen its governance from outside the school sector, to grow, and to assist other schools in the area.
Board meetings are held at Sulby Avenue, Pallister Park, Middlesbrough, TS3 8RD.
About the trust
At River Tees Multi Academy Trust, learning is at the centre of everything that is achieved. It is recognised that each learner requires a unique setting and support program to help them back into either mainstream education or a specialized educational setting.
The trust believes that Alternative Provision (AP) should give every learner the chance to be the best that they can be. It believes that this is achieved through the removal of barriers to learning, and the delivery of personalised programmes which lead to valued and valid qualifications.
Currently the trust has three Alternative Provision Academies and an extensive Home and Hospital Teaching Service which includes provision at a Tier Four Mental Health Adolescent Hospital. In addition, it is currently working with two schools in the local area and a further two larger schools in Gateshead and Sunderland.
Trust ethos & values
River Tees Multi Academy Trust is dedicated to providing high quality education through an innovative structure, so that vulnerable students have access to advanced and energising centres of learning. Here, they are able to develop the lively and enquiring minds of young people, whilst ensuring that they feel safe and valued in an inclusive environment. The ethos of inclusion is central to all of the work of the trust in helping young people to achieve aims and ambitions.
Plans for the Future
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
- Strengthen governance from outside the school sector by identifying strong trustees who can contribute to the effective and robust management of the trust;
- Backfill senior leads to release them to improve failing schools;
- Sustained and substantial growth while maintaining the trust’s high standards and vision in its schools.
As the trust embeds its vision and expands, it will further develop its relationships with other similar organisations in the North East region. Its aim is to engage with other ‘Good’ schools, and eventually welcome them into the trust as partners. This will enrich each organisation and strengthen the trust’s ability to support similar schools facing challenges.
Number of Positions Advertised: 1
Role 1 - Member
The trust is 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 these roles include:
Essential – not all candidates will have all skills
- Branding/ Marketing
- Change Management
- Growth Management
- Legal/ Compliance
- Real estate/ Property
- Change Management
- CFO / Finance
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.
Ideally, candidates will possess a sound grasp of the current political climate and of financial and resource management. An awareness of organisational structures, acquisitions and mergers would be advantageous. The trust requires and a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills, who is forward thinking and embraces change.
The trust is seeking individuals who are able to actively and support its ‘inclusion ethos’, reflecting the belief that all young people can achieve, given the opportunity to feel included in, and empowered by, the learning environment.
One or two meetings per year (on average).
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: 12th October, 2017