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Role

Non-Executive Director X 2

  • Location

    Brighton

  • Sector:

    Education

  • Contact:

    Academy Ambassadors

  • Contact email:

    academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org

  • Role ref:

    University of Brighton Academies Trust (UoBAT)

  • Published:

    16 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    04-03-2020

  • Client:

    Academy Ambassadors

About the trust

After working closely together for several years, sponsored by the University of Brighton, the University of Brighton Academies Trust (which was established in 2014) and the Hastings Academies Trust (which was established in 2010) merged in September 2017 to become a single multi academy trust known as the University of Brighton Academies Trust (UoBAT).

The Trust and its academies benefit from 10 years of experience supporting schools. It was one of the first multi-academy trusts sponsored by a university and continues to see positive results from the university’s involvement. 

UoBAT is a family of academies based in Sussex, all supporting each other – and their pupils – to excel. The Trust believes that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton’s contribution, it wants to ensure its 7,700 pupils, with a particular focus on those children from the most deprived backgrounds,  are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for lifelong learning.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 1

 

 

Role 1 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 and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will 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

 

Role 1: Finance - The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

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

  • Audit
  • Risk
  • CFO/ Finance

 

 

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • Qualified Accountant

 

The trust would welcome applications from candidates who hold or have held a finance leadership and management position in a medium to large organisation of at least £20M turnover with significant experience of audit and risk management. Whilst an accounting qualification would be an advantage, it is not essential. Applications from candidates with experience in charity or public sector finance / audit roles would be particularly welcome. The trust would hope and expect the successful candidate to chair the risk and audit committee.

 

 

Role 2: School or Trust Governance: The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

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

  • School or trust governance
  • School improvement
  • Corporate governance

 

 

Desirable

  • Change management

 

The trust would welcome applications from candidates with experience in school and/or trust governance and with experience and understanding of the challenge of school improvement. Those who have been governors on the board of a local authority maintained school or who have been trustees of a multi academy trust would be well qualified for the role.

 

Role 3: Human Resources - The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

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

  • HR
  • Talent Management
  • Recruitment and retention

 

Desirable

  • Change management

The trust would welcome applications from candidates with senior HR experience within a corporate or public sector or nor-for-profit context in a medium to large organisation. Individuals with experience in talent management, recruitment and retention in a related sector and change management would be well qualified for the role.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. Number of board meetings 6 per year. In addition to Board meetings, Trustees are also asked to join / chair at least one of the Trust’s committees. These typically meeting 3 times a year.