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Role

Non-Executive Director X 5

  • Location

    Northamptonshire

  • Sector:

    Education

  • Contact:

    Academy Ambassadors

  • Contact email:

    academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org

  • Role ref:

    Innovate Multi-Academy Trust Jan 2020

  • Published:

    14 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    05-02-2020

  • Client:

    Academy Ambassadors

Innovate Multi-Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors with specific experience of marketing and change management to join its board and three members. iMAT seeks enthusiastic, keen and passionate people with an interest in improving the lives of young people in the Daventry area of Northamptonshire. Board meetings are held at Weedon Bec Primary School, West Street, Northamptonshire, NN7 4QU.

About the trust

The trust was set up in July 2014. It consists of four village primary schools in Northamptonshire, two of which are Church of England schools. Across the four schools, there is a community of over 700 pupils. Three schools were rated Good at their most recent Ofsted inspections and one school was judged as Requires Improvement.

Innovate Multi-Academy Trust’s vision is to establish great primary academies that are centres for innovation and excellence for leadership and teaching, and where pupils are safe and engaged in their learning. The trust believes in staff training and development and wants to be the academy of choice for new and experienced staff. iMAT strives to ensure that the outcomes for all children will be above the national expectations in all core subjects.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To manage change following the restructuring of each of their schools senior management teams.
  2. To navigate ever changing finances in education
  3. To market their schools to ensure they are the school of choice in the area.

The trust’s longer-term plans are to expand to add more pupils and classes to their existing schools. They are also looking towards closer collaboration with other schools and trusts in the area both formally and informally.

Trust ethos & values

iMAT’s vision is for our schools to be truly great primary academies that are centres for innovation and excellence for leadership and teaching, and where pupils are safe and engaged in their learning

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 5

Roles 1-2– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Directors of iMat will help to guide the strategic direction of the 4 schools in the trust. They meet once a month as a core group to challenge, guide and enhance the provision offered by our schools. No knowledge about education is required.

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

HR

  • Branding/Marketing or
  • Change Management, or
  • CFO/Finance

Desirable

  • Non-Executive/Trustee
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Succession Planning

 

The trust seek enthusiastic, keen and passionate people with an interest in improving the lives of young people in the Daventry area of Northamptonshire. They are looking to add expertise in all areas to their board.

Time commitment

Role 1-2: 4-6 Hours per month. The trust has  board meetings per year.

 

Role 3-5 – Member

The trust’s members meet once a year to ratify the company accounts and oversee the decisions made by the board over the year. Our AGM is in December each year where the Company accounts are presented and an overview of the year is shared by the CEO and Chair of Directors

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At iMAT the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend one meeting per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

Branding/Marketing
Legal/compliance
Risk

Desirable

Change Management
Growth Management
HR

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. Number of members meetings per year: 1

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Weedon Bec Primary School, West Street, Northamptonshire, NN7 4QU.

https://www.innovatemat.org/

 
Governance structure

https://www.innovatemat.org/about-us/our-structure
 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 33% 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 900 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: 29th January 2020