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Role

Chair of trustees/ Non-executive director X 4

  • Location

    Staffordshire

  • Sector:

    Education

  • Contact:

    Academy Ambassadors

  • Contact email:

    academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org

  • Role ref:

    The de Ferrers Trust

  • Published:

    20 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    19-11-2018

  • Client:

    Academy Ambassadors

The de Ferrers Trust

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust, comprising four primary and three secondary schools, based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The trust seeks to recruit a new Chair and four non-executive directors with expertise in the areas of branding, HR and finance. Board meetings are held at The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary's Drive, Burton on Trent.

About the trust

The de Ferrers Trust was formed in 2015 and consists of seven schools: three secondaries and four primaries, educates approximately 5,000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19.

The trust began from The de Ferrers Academy in 2015 and now also comprises Eton Park Junior, Horninglow Primary, Lansdowne, The Pingle Academy, Granville Academy and Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy – the latest school to join the trust.

The trust believes that all children and young people in its care should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving a high level of education, regardless of their ability or background.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To improve student achievements and exceed national standards.
  2. To strengthen governance through appointment of additional directors.
  3. To ensure effective succession planning for strong governance.
  4. To embed trust procedures and practices.
  5. To ensure that the trust growth strategy is measured and realistic and does not distract from the current schools.

Trust ethos & values

The trust 'PRIDE' values of Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence are its foundations.

It strives to inspire through the delivery of a 'world class' education, ensuring that every student achieves their potential. The trust aspires to be a beacon of excellence within its community where everyone feels valued, included and proud.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 5

Role 1 – Chair of trustees

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.

The chair of the board is the non-executive director with responsibility for leading the work of the board. The role will involve providing support to the CEO in setting the strategic direction of the trust, bringing experience and influence to the trust and chairing meetings effectively. Experience of corporate governance and leadership is therefore beneficial. The current Chair will support effective succession planning.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Chair
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Desirable

  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Risk

Person Specification

The trust seeks an individual to join a settled trust board and actively participate within a cohesive group. Bringing corporate governance and leadership experience, the individual should advise and offer strategic guidance to trustees and the executive team to ensure the three core functions of governance are carried out.

Time Commitment

10 hours per month, minimum.

 

Roles 2-5 – 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Person specification

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)

  • CFO/ Finance AND
  • Audit Committee Chair AND
  • Risk OR
  • CEO/General Management AND
  • Growth Management OR
  • Branding/Marketing AND
  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Real estate/ Property
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Restructuring

Audit, Finance and Risk: The trust seeks a trustee with strong audit, finance and risk experience. The ideal candidate will have a background in a large charity or non-profit organisation, as well as demonstrating experience from a commercial, retail or industry setting, including evidence of contribution to growing a business, chain of businesses or franchises, as well as experience of head office and organisational development, including driving up business efficiency in central services.

Branding/Marketing: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong Branding/Marketing background with specific emphasis on communications, marketing and PR, to help re-brand and raise the trust profile as it seeks to grow in future.

General and Growth management (x2 roles): Both of these roles require individuals who possess a strong ‘general’ skillset from across the business sphere, with a specific requirement for growth management. Experience working in a role with responsibility for corporate governance is essential.

Time commitment

6 hours per month, minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary's Drive, Burton on Trent, DE13 0LL.

http://www.deferrerstrust.com/ 

Governance structure

http://www.deferrerstrust.com/page/?title=Our+Governance&pid=9 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 30% 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 775 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: Tuesday, 6th November 2018