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Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Leicester
Industry:
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: August 09, 2018 10:52

Job Description

Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust seeks three non-executive directors to join its board. Board meetings are held in the Leicester area. Applications from people of all faiths (or of no faith) are welcome. 

About the Trust

The Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust was created in March 2013 as a sponsor trust with three schools. More schools have joined over time with large increases in 2014 and 2017 bringing the current total to 14 primaries across Leicestershire, some of which are small village schools. The trust caters for schools with varying degrees of deprivation and some with vulnerable children who benefit from our caring and nurturing ethos. A primary school in the Leicester (City) local authority is set to join in the near future.

 

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Financial Management: to manage budget pressures for the small schools, four of which have recently gone through a staff restructure. The trust has recently purchased a new financial system, PS financials, and embedding this across the schools will take some time.
  2. School improvement: four of the schools within the trust have an Ofsted judgement of Requires Improvement. Work streams around different aspects of school improvement have been developed, e.g. assessment, Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and a maths hub. Further work streams are being developed.
  3. Strengthening governance: a review of governance will be carried out across the trust in the Autumn Term.

Another primary school (taking the trust to 15 schools) is preparing to join us before the end of the year. The trust has a new CEO who started on 1 June 2018.

 

Trust Ethos & Values

Trust is aligned to the Church of England culture of inclusivity and valuing all children and adults.

The schools’ headteachers and the executive team are in the process of revisiting and fine tuning the trust’s values. Further details can be found here: http://www.leicester-dbe.com/dlat-public-pages/

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Roles 1 to 3 – 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.

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
  • HR
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • -Risk
  • Growth Development

Desirable

  • Non-executive director
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic

 

Person Specification

The trust seeks individuals with experience across a variety of business sectors. While it is acknowledged that not all candidates will possess all skills, it would be advantageous to identify an individual with experience of managing growth and sustaining quality across a number of establishments, including underperforming organisations.

Being a practising member of the Church of England is not a requirement but an appreciation of Church ethos and values and the inclusive nature of all the schools is essential.

Time Commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average).  The Trust Board meets 4 times per year (twice in the autumn and once in the spring and summer terms). The Finance committee meets once each term (3 times a year).  Meetings are strictly timed and are never longer than 2 hours and start around 6 or 6.30 p.m.

 

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

http://www.dioceseofleicesteracademiestrust.co.uk/

St Martins House, Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ.

Governance Structure

https://secure.toolkitfiles.co.uk/clients/36723/sitedata/files/DLAT-Governance-Structure.pdf 

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% 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 760 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: Friday 14th September 2018