Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Location: Uxbridge
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: The Harefield Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: March 03, 2020 13:02

Job Description

About the trust

Harefield Academy Trust is an ambitious single academy trust providing 11-18 students a demanding curriculum for students. The trust aims to create an Educational Centre of Excellence for the whole community that is successful, innovative, cohesive, energetic, healthy, inclusive and filled with opportunity. As a small school, the level of pastoral support the Trust is able to offer students is quite unique with students routinely reporting that they feel safe and happy and that staff know them well.

The most recent Ofsted report rated the academy as ‘Requires Improvement’ with Leadership and Management rated ‘Good’, and since our last inspection outcomes are on an upward trend and the trust expects this to be moved to good when Ofsted next visit. ‘Strong and committed leadership has led to raised academic expectations and improvements in pupils’ behaviour.’ Ofsted 2018

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Roles 1 & 2 – 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.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would 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 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/senior finance experience (Role 1)
  • Corporate Governance (Role 1)
  • Communication/Marketing/PR (Role 2)
  • Chartered Accountant (Role 1)

Role 1 - Finance: The ideal candidate will have experience at a senior level in financial management and be comfortable dealing with a budget of over £5 million. They will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic financial structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Role 2 - Communications/Marketing/PR: The ideal candidate will have experience of working in the Communication, Marketing and/or PR arena, be accustomed to working with tight budgets and be excited by the potential of bringing their expertise to help launch multimedia, internal trust identity and external networking and community outreach initiatives.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings a year