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Non-Executive Director

Job Title: Non-Executive Director
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: St Albans
Industry:
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Alban Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: June 14, 2018 15:31

Job Description

Alban Academy Trust in Hertfordshire seek three non-executive directors with HR, property, procurement and financial experience to joining this newly formed trust. Board meetings are held in St. Albans.

 

About the Trust

Alban Academy Trust (ATT) is a new Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up to serve primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire with the aim to build a learning community to share educational excellence for everyone.

 

The AAT currently has one school in the trust: Sandringham School, St. Albans. From September 2018, a new school will be established: the Ridgeway Academy in Welwyn Garden City, formerly the Sir Frederic Osborn School (judged by Ofsted as ‘Requires Improvement’). Verulam School, St. Albans is also in the legal process of joining the trust (currently graded 4 – serious weaknesses). Wheatfields Junior School and Wheatfields Infant School are also converting from maintained status to join the trust.  Some other schools including primaries are considering their next steps with the AAT.

 

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Establish the Multi Academy Trust: ensuring governance is appropriate for the needs of the schools involved.
  2. Develop strong working partnerships between all schools in the trust.
  3. Support each school in making significant progress for the benefit of young people served by the trust.

The trust would like to establish the Alban Academies Trust as a preferred MAT in the St. Albans area for schools considering conversion to contribute to an ongoing, self-improving system of leadership.

 

Trust Ethos & Values

The cross-phase nature of the trust is critical to supporting a holistic approach to education, enabling professionals from all phases to share ideas and work together to raise standards. A key aspect of our vision is for each school to maintain its own distinctive character and to cherish heritage whilst at the same time seek opportunities to further strengthen culture and ethos across the AAT.

It is important to the trust that all members of the trust hold the same broad views on the values associated with outstanding provision for all. Insight into the culture of the trust – vision, ethos and key aims.

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 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 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 competencies required for these roles include:

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

  • CFO/ Finance OR
  • HR OR
  • Real estate/Property

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Entrepeneur/Founder
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning
  • Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance

Person Specification

  • Finance: significant experience of finance and ability to support the trust in planning and delivering a robust financial strategy.
  • HR: significant experience of HR and ability to support the trust in planning and delivering a robust personnel strategy.
  • Real estate/Property: significant experience of managing real estate/property and ability to support the trust in planning and delivering a robust capital development strategy.

 

Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

 

Location of Board Meetings 

Board meetings are held at Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9NX.

Trust website: https://www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk/aat/about-alban-academies-trust-aat/

Governance Structure

Please see https://www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk/aat/aat-governance/list-of-trustees-and-members/

 

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 but having a genuine interest in young peoples’ progress and wellbeing plus a commitment to learning about educational developments are essential.

 

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: Monday 16 July