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Non executive director

Job Title: Non executive director
Location: Linton
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Reference: Chilford Hundred Education Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: December 18, 2018 15:03

Job Description

Chilford Hundred Education Trust

Chilford Hundred Education Trust (CHET) supports nearly 2,000 pupils across four primary schools and one secondary school. The trust seeks a non-executive director experience with senior financial experience who would be willing to become Chair of Resources Committee. Board meetings are held in Linton, Cambridge.

About the trust

Chilford Hundred Education Trust (CHET) is a thriving Multi Academy Trust with an all-through, cross-phase family of local schools and colleges in South Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk. It has 1948 pupils, 369 staff and an income of £6m.

CHET was established to enable Linton Village College to sponsor one of its local primaries (Meadow Primary School). Since then the Trust has grown to build on local cluster school relationships with the addition of Linton Heights Junior School in 2016 and the expansion of provision to include wrap-around childcare. In 2017 the CHET was successful in a bid to open a new presumption primary free school in Red Lodge. The Pines Primary School and Pine Cones Pre-school opened in September 2018.  Howard Community Primary School in Bury St. Edmunds also joined the Trust in September 2018.

CHET believes in growing great, autonomous leadership, which is recognised through the preservation of head teachers and local governance, but believes that institutions are more effective when they work in partnership. The trust provides the conditions for the sharing and creation of best practice through high quality professional development and leadership. The holistic provision, including wrap-around childcare, adult education and community facilities, demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning and being at the heart of the local communities. This is demonstrated through partnership working and targeted support with staff at Meadow Primary resulting in a Good Ofsted rating.

Cambridge and Suffolk Teaching Schools Alliance (CASSA) supports CHET through teacher training, professional learning, school-to-school support and research & development. CASSA’s collaborative ethos and commitment to educational excellence is achieved through close cross-phase partnership across primary, secondary, special and sixth form institutions plus links with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training and Local Authorities.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Growth: the trust plans to seek further opportunities for trust growth and consider the sustainability of a larger Trust model in the medium term. This includes managing the financial viability and sustainability of the Trust, working towards ensuring sufficient funding from different income streams to service the Trust’s greater ambition.
  2. Centralised support: the trust will be working to improve the accountability and effectiveness of a more centralised support services function, particularly with regard to financial management and reporting.
  3. Leadership: establishing effective leadership and governance in the new Trust schools. The trust will provide support to those schools needing to improve their provision or develop good/better provision for their students whilst ensuring that established schools continue to get the support and attention they need to continue thriving.

The Trust plans to continue to grow in a way which is sustainable with the ambition of providing the best education for local children and young people and an excellent working environment for staff.

Trust ethos & values

CHET’s aim is to provide children with excellent education and deliver continuous improvement through support and collaboration. They believe in the importance of each school serving and sitting at the heart of its unique, local community, as well as benefiting from wider partnership opportunities.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:1

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director (Chair of Resources Committee)

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.

Person specification

The Director will chair the Resources Committee, which covers Finance, Audit and HR. S/he will help monitor compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook, report to Board, regularly review management accounts, contribute to monitoring risk management, meet with auditors and be involved in reviewing annual financial statements. The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Growth Management
  • Risk

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Real estate/Property

Candidates will have senior financial management skills, and ideally growth management and audit experience. Experience in operational and organisational risk management would be an asset as well as an individual with M&A experience. They will be a leader who is comfortable challenging and supporting executive leadership. Experience in public sector is welcome, but not essential.

Time commitment

7-9 Committee and Board meetings per year with some additional commitment to review documents.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Linton Village College, Linton, CB21 4JB. The trust’s website is www.chetrust.co.uk

Governance structure

Please see https://chetrust.co.uk/about-us/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 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: Monday 4th February 2019