Create Partnership Trust Jan 2020
7 days ago
About the Trust
Create Partnership Trust is a young and dynamic multi-academy trust (MAT) based in central Birmingham, with high aspirations for its stakeholders, aiming to create fulfilling futures for all. The trust was established in September 2016 by Greet Primary School and Conway Primary School. It has subsequently been joined by Hodge Hill Primary School (January 2017) and Brookfields Primary School (November 2018), bringing the total number of schools to four, three of which also have nursery provision. In addition the trust has a successful Teaching School Alliance based at Greet Primary School, and is involved in several collaborative partnerships with schools in Europe under the EU’s Erasmus programme.
The trust has established strong governance and leadership structures as the foundation for future growth. It is responsible for 2,600 pupils, almost 300 staff and a collective budget of £11 million.
Number of positions advertised:
Sitting as a trustee / non-executive director.
Trustees are non-executive directors. They have legal responsibility as both charity trustees and company directors of the multi-academy trust. Trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objectives and with company and charity law. The Board of Trustees has strategic oversight of the business of the trust and may exercise all of its powers. Different Trustees may take on different specialist roles, but all are corporately responsible for the business of the trust.
Role 1 – Trustee with expertise in audit and risk management
This role requires an ability to work on behalf of the Board with other trustees to provide effective external scrutiny and challenge to the CEO, DCEO, central team and schools, concerning the trust's financial control systems, health and safety, risk management, compliance linked to asset management and wider operational compliance, and major spending decisions. The appointee will possess demonstrable experience of one or more of these areas. Relevant Board committee – Audit and Risk.
Role 2 – Trustee with expertise in finance and accounting
This role requires an ability to work on behalf of the Board with other trustees to offer scrutiny and challenge to the CEO, DCEO and the central finance team concerning the planning and monitoring of the trust’s finances, the management of its accounting systems and processes, and major spending decisions. The appointee will possess demonstrable experience of financial management and will ideally be a qualified accountant. Relevant Board committee – Finance and Resources.
Role 3 – Trustee with expertise in inclusion and special educational needs
This role requires an understanding of, and preferably background in, the provision of specialist learning provision and inclusion strategies to support the most vulnerable learners accessing mainstream educational provision. It requires an ability to offer scrutiny and challenge to the CEO, DCEO, central team and schools in the areas of inclusion and special needs, and to work on behalf of the Board to oversee the educational performance of the schools in this area, assessing how well the provision being made by the trust and in each school meets the needs of all learners. The appointee will possess demonstrable experience in this area of work, preferably in a professional capacity. Ideally the appointee will also have some professional expertise in the area of safeguarding. Relevant Board committee – Audit and Risk.
The competencies required for these roles include:
- Risk Management
- Corporate Governance
- CEO/General Management
- Legal/ Compliance
- Health and Safety
All Trustees should:
- Be committed to the seven ‘Nolan’ principles of Public Life
- Bring qualities to the Board of Trustees that enhance effectiveness, including independence, impartiality, professional integrity and the gravitas to make an effective contribution at this level
- Be numerate and able to interpret data, including financial data
- Have effective communication skills, including an ability to listen carefully and communicate with clarity, objectivity and brevity
- Display the strength of character and ability to stand back from the issue being discussed, as well as a pragmatic approach and the ability to compromise
- Exhibit courage, common sense, good judgement and diplomacy
- Show demonstrable expertise / necessary qualifications to provide advice and guidance
- Be passionate about, and committed to, the vision, ethos and values of the Trust
Four 2-hour Trustee Board meetings per year, plus attendance at the relevant committee (3 meetings per year for Finance and Resources, and 3-6 meetings per year for Audit and Risk Management).
In addition, Trustees are expected to make occasional visits to the schools, and to maintain contact with the Chair of the Board, the CEO and DCEO as appropriate.