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Role

Non-Executive Director X 2

  • Location

    London

  • Sector:

    Education

  • Contact:

    Academy Ambassadors

  • Contact email:

    academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org

  • Role ref:

    Maritime Academy Trust: August 2019

  • Published:

    13 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    11-09-2019

  • Client:

    Academy Ambassadors

Maritime Academy Trust

Maritime Academy Trust, with schools located in Greenwich and Medway, seeks up to two non-executive directors to join the board. Candidates will have financial acumen and preferably a strong presence in Greenwich or Ebbsfleet/Medway. In line with the ethos of the trust board candidates will have entrepreneurship at heart. Board meetings are held in Greenwich, London (SE10).

About the trust

Maritime Academy Trust was founded in September 2016 from a partnership of three schools and now has seven primary schools across two hubs: five in Greenwich and two in Medway. All schools are located within varied areas of deprivation and community challenges, but the trust focuses on high expectations and success for every child. In 2019-20 the trust is approaching another significant milestone as it grows the number of schools under its auspices.

Ebbsfleet Green Primary School will open in the brand-new Ebbsfleet Green development in September 2020. The school will embrace the ethos and vision shared by the community - focused on healthy living and sustainability, and embracing the Maritime Entrepreneurial Curriculum, enabling children across the school to work on finding solutions to real-world problems through exciting learning.

Plans for the future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Finances: maintaining financial reserves whilst managing growth. Income generation and fundraising are priorities for the board over the next year.
  2. Recruitment and retention: planning different ways of boosting staff retention and becoming a destination employer.
  3. Sustainable growth: ensuring a capacity and structures develop sustainably to allow for growth. A key board issue will be balancing expenditure on new schools with existing schools in the trust and funding new developments.

The trust will comprise eight schools in August 2019, and is in the development phase of its first free school in Ebbsfleet. In the longer term, the trust wishes to continue to grow. Having recently restructured governance models, centralised finance and HR structures the trust wishes to ensure these changes are successfully embedded within its schools as growth continues.

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s vision and mindset are built around its collaborative school improvement model that

has created sustained transformation in the schools. The entrepreneurial curriculum drives school improvement and the trust does this through collaboration, innovation and exceptional education. Resilience is key – the trust is always learning from its mistakes.

Maritime Academy Trust is proud to have an entrepreneurial curriculum. The trust believes that children can be leaders and entrepreneurs – and that when students grow up and leave school and try to answer the age-old question of what to do next, they will have the gumption to start their own business. They will put forward their own ideas at work, or take a chance on something they might otherwise think they are too young or inexperienced to try. Why? Because they will remember that they were only in primary school when they rang up a sales company to negotiate a price; set out a marketing plan for their board game or designed and published their first book. They may have given a cooking lesson to a room full of strangers, or been the keynote speaker at a child-produced education conference in front of a room full of hundreds of parents.

Full mission statement:

http://www.maritimeacademytrust.org/Our-Vision/

Further detail on the Ebbsfleet Development:

http://www.maritimeacademytrust.org/Future-Schools/

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

1 to 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 core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential

  • CFO/ Finance

Desirable

  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Risk

Roles 1&2: The core skill-set required by the new trustees is strategic financial planning to support the trust in the long-term, including income generation, partnerships and development. Therefore, individuals with a strong background in fundraising and development are encouraged to apply. They are likely to join the Finance & Audit committee at the trust. The trust would like to meet at least one trustee with a connection to the Ebbsfleet business/regional development.

Successful candidates will demonstrate innovative, outside-the-box thinking; focused on improving outcomes for all children and will show an understanding of the vision and mindset of the trust.

The trust considers individuals that embrace these six key behaviors to ‘be Maritime’: Adaptability; Creativity & Innovation; Humility; Collaboration; Humour & Positivity; Supportiveness & Trust.

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Millennium Primary School, 50 John Harrison Way, London, SE10 0SZ.

Trust website: www.maritimeacademytrust.org

Governance structure

Please see http://www.maritimeacademytrust.org/The-Maritime-Members-Trustees/

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.

“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 (2019)

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: 11th September 2019