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Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Dudley
Industry:
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Invictus Education Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: March 03, 2020 15:15

Job Description

About the trust

A six-school multi-academy trust (MAT) based in Dudley, Invictus Education Trust caters to over five thousand students, with 700 staff and a budget of c.£40mn.

Invictus Education Trust was created in March 2015 with Crestwood, Ellowes Hall Sports College, Kinver High and Wombourne High School. Two further schools have since joined IET - Leasowes High School in December 2016 and Pedmore High School in September 2018, further strengthening the trust.

The trust places a strong emphasis on achievement and excellence, instilling a sense of direction and a strong independence rooted in robust values. It has an aim to offer an experience that rivals any state or independent school in the country.

Plans for the future

The key challenges for the trust over the coming 12-24 months include:

  1. Ofsted – improving all Ofsted assessments to ensure all schools in the trust are ‘Good’ or better; Three schools are Ofsted ‘Good’, three are ‘Requires Improvement’ and anticipating two will be ‘Good’ following next inspections.
  2. Sixth form – re-modelling of the trust’s Sixth Form Provision. Currently the six form is across three schools; this will be rationalised to make the school more accessible to all students.
  3. Alternative Provision – the trust will develop Alternative Education Provision for students at risk of exclusion or with issues which prevent them fully attending mainstream school in order for all students to achieve their potential.

Over the longer term, the board hopes to expand the trust and develop its offering, principally through the inclusion of its current feeder Primary schools.

Trust ethos & values

At the very forefront of the trust’s drive to provide excellent education for its students is the desire to work together to improve educational standards and to provide the very best educational experience for all students.

The trust is a strong, forward-looking organisation, with effective collaborative working practices, which have had a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning across the trust.

All schools in the trust will uphold the same high expectations, and it will be obvious to visitors that each school is a part of the trust, yet at the same time retains their own individuality.

https://www.invictus.education/history-and-philosophy/

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:
Up to 3

 

Roles 1-3 – 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 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)
  • Audit
  • CFO/ Finance
  • Qualified Accountant OR
  • Change Management
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Succession Planning OR
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Risk

 

Desirable
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Corporate Governance
  • Restructuring

Up to three candidates are required, possessing one or more of the above essential criteria. It is recognised that due to a large number of skills areas, candidates may demonstrate expertise from across the criteria. All candidates should demonstrate, where applicable, a professional qualification and/or membership, along with a track record of working strategically, as the Head of a functional area with a budgetary responsibility at least the equivalent of that of the trust. Experience of a board / non-exec role is highly desirable, along with knowledge of corporate governance.

Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enable the best possible outcomes.

Effective governance at IET is based on six key features:

  • Strategic Leadership – that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
  • Accountability – that drives up educational standards and financial performance
  • People – with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity
  • Structures – that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • Compliance – with statutory and contractual requirements
  • Evaluation – to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

More information on governance at IET is available via the trust website:

https://www.invictus.education/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Invictus-Education-Trust-Governance-Arrangments-and-Scheme-of-Delegation-Updated-January-2020.pdf

Time commitment

Six board meetings per year which usually last 3 -4 hours.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at the schools in the trust. From September 2020 this will be the new Headquarters.

https://www.invictus.education/