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Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Nottingham
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Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Transform Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: December 09, 2019 11:17

Job Description

About the trust

Transform Trust was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to working with primary schools across the region.  Strong practice has grown through links with the Teaching School Alliance which comprises around 50 schools. Transform believes education has the power to transform lives and every child should have the opportunity to thrive.

Within the trust, there are over 6000 students and 900 staff. On average, just over one-third of the pupils are from disadvantaged communities and thus their academies are allocated extra government funding through the pupil premium grant.  Some academies have around two-thirds of the pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and many speak English as an additional language. 

The trust’s annual income now exceeds £30m and an additional school is scheduled to join the trust before Christmas.  There is no firm target to expand the trust, but the board faces requests from the Regional Schools Commissioner, or individual schools themselves, to join and seek the benefits of the collaborative and supportive structures and ways of working.  Consequently, the board continues to review its approaches to growing further.

Role 1 - Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

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

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

 

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

 

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/ Finance

Desirable

  • Audit
  • Qualified accountant
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk

 

The trust is keen to speak to candidates with a strong understanding of finance and business financial management.  The successful applicant will also sit on the trust’s Audit and Finance sub-committee and join an existing trustee with finance skills.  Together you will work to support and challenge the trust’s CFO and CEO to ensure robust financial management with the broader support from other trustees with complementary skills.

Time commitment

The Trust Board meets six times each year (once each half term) and the Finance and Audit sub-committee meets three times a year (autumn, spring and summer).  Meetings generally start at 6pm and run for a maximum of two hours (and frequently less).  The trust also holds an annual strategy meeting to evaluate progress and plan ahead.  Occasionally there is a need to correspond via email over urgent matters.  Overall trustees are expected to dedicate up to 6 hours per month (on average) and this should cover meetings, preparation and follow-up and any routine training/development.  Initially there may be some additional time for induction to ensure new trustees are able to quickly gain an understanding of key issues.  It is possible that trustees may be invited to join an event at one of the trust’s schools to see the impact of trust decisions at school level.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Unit 11 Castlebridge Office Village, Kirtley Drive, Nottingham, NG7 1LD