Chair Designate & Trustees | Altus Education Partnership

Job Title: Chair Designate & Trustees | Altus Education Partnership
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Rochdale
Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses
Reference: AEP
Contact Name: Sarah Szulczewski
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 25, 2020 11:50

Job Description

About the roles

Altus Education Partnership’s Vision and Mission is: to create and successfully run a family of inclusive academies from early years to 18 that enables all students, regardless of background to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.

Having converted to a multi-academy trust and formed the Altus Education Partnership, the Board of Trustees is now looking to recruit experts with complementary skills at an incredibly exciting time for the Trust. They have an ambition to expand within the local area and have recently undertaken a review of skills and experiences across their non-executive board.

The Chair Designate will lead a committed and experienced Board of Trustees, overseeing the delivery of the Trust’s strategic plan and providing support and challenge to the CEO, Richard Ronksley, and his senior team. The incumbent Chair, Dame Pamela Coward DBE, plans to step down from the Board and her role at the end of the next academic year (2020-21), having served since the creation of Rochdale Sixth Form College, now Altus Education Partnership.

Joining a highly experienced Board of Trustees, who are deeply committed to ensuring the Trust continues to lead improvements in educational standards and develop life-chances for children of Rochdale, four new Trustees are sought. The Altus Education Partnership Board provides strategic oversight as the organisation’s non-executive, governing body. Trustees are the Company Directors and hold the senior leadership team to account for the successful delivery of the approved strategy – ensuring the Trust continues to flourish as it expands, remains financially strong and has the future capacity to improve the educational attainment of children and young people across Rochdale and the local area.

As the Trust increases its capacity, first through the successful opening of a Free School – Edgar Wood Academy in Middleton – the governance structure is planned to expand with the establishment of Local Academy Councils responsible for curriculum and school-specific oversight at each new academy.

The time commitment expected of the Chair Designate – once appointed to the substantive role and after a handover – is around three to four days per month.

For the Trustee role, candidates should expect to spend up to 10 hours per month when considering the need to prepare for meetings and read reports, occasional discussions with the Trust’s leadership team and other Trustees, and attendance at meetings of the Board and its Committees. Committee meetings generally take place during term time.

As expected of all those holding public office, all Trustees of the Board are required to demonstrate their commitment to the Nolan Principles:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

What we are looking for in our Chair Designate

Altus Education Partnership is carefully considering its evolutionary growth through the development and delivery of a sustainable partnership model. The Trust benefits from employing the talent of an exceptional leadership team who, together, ensure an outstanding educational offer for children and young people of Rochdale and the surrounding areas.

In a new Chair Designate, the Board aim to appoint a highly experienced non-executive director or trustee, ideally with substantial experience of leading a board or committee. The Chair Designate will know the difference between executive and strategic leadership and be experienced in fostering positive and productive relationships between the board and the CEO. It is important that the person appointed understands the community of Rochdale, or diverse industrial heritage areas similar to it.

What we are looking for in our Trustees

As a Trustee, you will bring a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience to the Trust’s Board from a successful career in one of the following areas:

  • Multi-academy trust leadership and governance
  • Financial leadership and planning
  • Audit practice

It is important you have both the experience the Board are looking for, and where relevant professional qualifications. In addition to qualifications and lived experience, you will bring an independent mind-set approach to the governing of an ambitious and successful multi-academy trust, and an unwavering commitment to realising the Trust’s Vision and Mission through the successful achievement of the strategic plan, and the capacity to take on the duties required of you.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job page:

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | 07841 017043

Dr Sophie Carney | | 07399 528307

Drew Richardson-Walsh | | 07739 364033

Closing dates:

  • Chair – 12 noon, Monday 5th October 2020.
  • Trustees – 12 noon, Monday 2nd November 2020.