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Non-executive director

Job Title: Non-executive director
Contract Type: Temporary
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Reference: The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: July 19, 2018 11:19

Job Description

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust (the trust) seeks two non-executive directors with financial or change management experience to support its expansion across Sussex. Board meetings are usually held in Hove. The trust celebrates Christian identity and values through education for over 3,000 pupils across six academies and it welcomes applicants of all faiths and of none.

 

About the trust

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust was established in September 2014 with a focus on supporting underperforming schools in and around Hastings, which is a coastal area of deprivation. The trust aims to bring together church schools within the diocese to maximise resources for improved teaching and learning in the classroom. Currently there are six academies in the trust serving over 3,000 pupils across six (soon to be seven) schools in both East and West Sussex.

 

The trust draws on the expertise of the Diocese of Chichester Education Department, which has over two hundred years of successful experience as a provider of schools across Sussex. The Diocese of Chichester Education Team works closely with church schools and academies to support and sustain them, and to serve the whole community.

 

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust aims to be a trust in which all of their children achieve and maximise their potential, by improving performance above national expectations and expanding their reach to engage with more pupils and staff.

 

Plans for the Future

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

 

  1. The trust aims to maintain compliance with all statutory requirements and best-practice guidelines to ensure that Trust Improvement and Self Evaluation is supported.
  2. Diocese of Chichester Trust is committed to a target of achieving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report, through continuous improvement of maximising standards and pupil outcomes.
  3. Following their ongoing acquisition of a seventh school, the trust will develop the management of staff structures to support further expansion.

 

Trust Ethos & Values

The trust’s vision is to provide every child in each of the academies with the best education possible; inspirational, fully-rounded and rooted in Christian beliefs and values. Their mission is to become a multi-academy trust of choice for the schools and families of the Chichester Diocese by supporting the academic, spiritual and professional needs of the whole community. For more information please see: http://www.dcat.academy/vision/

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

2

 

Role 1 – 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.

 

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust require that trustees contribute their professional experience in finance to Trust Board meetings and take an active interest in the training required for the role and the academies within the Trust.

 

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Risk

 

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair

 

Person Specification

The trust is keen to appoint an applicant with professional skills and experience in finance, audit and risk. Candidates with an ACA qualification and working at a senior level in an accountancy firm would be particularly welcome. The trust would also welcome candidates with previous experience as a trustee or director. While non-practicing Christians are welcome to apply, candidates must support Christian and/or Anglican values.

 

Time Commitment

8 hours /month minimum.

 

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust require that trustees contribute their professional experience in education to Trust Board meetings and take an active interest in the training required for the role and the academies within the Trust.

 

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential

  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Growth Management
  • Turnaround

 

Desirable

  • CEO/General Management

 

Person Specification

The trust seeks applicants with professional skills and experience in general management with experience of growing an organisation and ideally experience as a trustee or director. Applicants of all faiths or none are welcome to apply, however they must support Christian and/or Anglican values.

 

Time Commitment

8 hours /month minimum.

 

 

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are usually held at Church House, 211 New Church Road, HOVE, East Sussex, BN3 4ED.

http://www.dcat.academy/

 

Governance Structure

http://www.dcat.academy/members-and-directors/

 

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: Tuesday 28th August 2018