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Non-executive director X 2

Job Title: Non-executive director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Wakefield
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Salary: 0 - 1000
Reference: The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: September 21, 2018 12:46

Job Description

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is a developing trust, consisting of four schools – predominantly in West Yorkshire. The trust seeks to recruit two non-executive directors with financial and legal backgrounds to join its board. Board meetings are held at Rodillian Academy, Wakefield. 

About the trust 

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust (MAT) was established in 2014, though it has roots as far back as the 1930s, when Rothwell Grammar School was founded to educate the children of the small south Leeds town and the surrounding areas.

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust is based at Rodillian Academy which is housed in a £27 million building which opened in 2008, with state-of-the-art technologies across all departments. The trust transforms under-performing schools, giving them access to strategies that have been successful for its students.

The trust believes in bespoke solutions for individual schools, with school improvement work being focused on a true understanding of the community the school serves. To enable this close working practice, all of the schools within the Rodillian MAT are within a reasonable travelling distance, ensuring that there can be close contact, and a personalised approach to leadership and school development.

In 2017 the Trust was recognised by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) as the highest performing secondary academy trust in the country. The Trust had an overall Progress 8 score of +0.68 in 2017 which was the joint highest MAT in the country. This means that, on average, students in Rodillian MAT’s academies scored more than two-thirds of a grade higher in each subject than their counterparts in other schools with similar prior attainment. Results, although not yet confirmed, were similarly successful in 2018.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To improve financial management, control and governance following a Financial Notice to improve from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  2. To maintain position as one of the top performing academy trusts, nationally.
  3. To develop a growth strategy which maintains financial security and allows the trust to benefit from economies of scale.
  4. To increase capacity at trustee level within the next 6-12 months.

Trust ethos & values

The “Rodillian Ethos” is underpinned by common values – a traditional approach to behaviour management, innovative curriculum design and excellence in teaching to deliver best possible outcomes.

The trust’s traditional values of discipline, behaviour and respect are sacrosanct and are allied with the most innovative, differentiated and state of the art curriculum available. Its cores principles are: Resilience; Mastery; Self Confidence; Positive Discipline and Student Outcomes.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

 

Roles 1-2 – 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 consolidation ahead of potential future growth. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO and CFO to account.

Person specification

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
  • Legal/ Compliance

Desirable

  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
  • Corporate Governance
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Role 1 - Finance: The trust seeks a trustee with a strong financial background, with specific emphasis on financial management and auditing at senior level. Experience of dealing with multi-million pound budgets is essential to this position. This individual is required to challenge and ask difficult questions while supporting the new Chair of Finance Committee as the trust improves its financial management, control and governance. This role has a direct link to the trust’s future planning, as it aims to improve financial performance, build capacity and ensure financial security.

Role 2 – Legal: The trust seeks a qualified solicitor or barrister with a wide range of expertise particularly in the public sector to provide legal support and guidance to the trust board and CEO. Experience in change management and corporate governance would also be highly sought by the trust. As the trust seeks to achieve its objective of growth, ensuring skills, knowledge and experience in legal aspects of this process is essential to the trust.

Time commitment

Approximately 6 hours per month on average. The Board meets 6 times each year and also has two sub-committees (Finance and Risk and Audit) that also will meet 6 times a year. On occasions a sub-committee meeting will be scheduled to run immediately before a board meeting. Most meetings begin around 5pm for up to 2 hours.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Rodillian Academy, Longthorpe Lane, Wakefield, WF3 3PS.

http://www.rodillianacademytrust.co.uk/

Governance structure

http://www.rodillianacademytrust.co.uk/organisation-structure/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 30% 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 775 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, 26th October 2018 - however the trust is keen to make appointments and candidates should express interest as soon as possible.