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Non-Executive Director - X2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director - X2
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Unknown
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Reference: Endeavour Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: October 12, 2018 11:50

Job Description

Endeavour Academy Trust

Based in an area of high deprivation in north Bristol, Endeavour Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors to support the expansion of the trust and improvement of education standards for 1,500 pupils. Candidates with finance, corporate governance, risk and/or succession planning experience are encouraged to apply. Board meetings are held in North Bristol.

About the trust

Endeavour Academy Trust is a small but growing trust of three primary academies, with a fourth opening in 2019. Situated in north Bristol and South Gloucestershire, their schools serve areas of relatively high deprivation; on average, 30% of pupils across the trust are eligible for free school meals. The trust began in 2012 with the conversion of Little Mead Primary Academy, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, which was also designated as an academy sponsor. Henbury Court Primary Academy is currently rated as Requires Improvement by Ofsted having been in Special Measures at the time of sponsorship. Fonthill Primary Academy’s last inspection was in 2014 and received a rating of Good by Ofsted.

The trust’s current capacity is just over 1,000 pupils and will grow to almost 1,500 with the introduction of Charlton Wood Primary Academy. Charlton Wood Primary Academy is currently in the build phase and will open in September 2019. It will be a two-form entry academy and will open with reception and Year 1 classes. Each academy has a nursery with up to an additional 60 places in each.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Teaching and Learning: the trust aims to raise attainment to ensure consistently strong education standards in all schools and especially for disadvantaged pupils. All schools will receive an Ofsted rating of Good (or better) at the point of inspection. This will enhance the reputation and popularity of the schools and provide confidence in the trusts' readiness and capacity to grow.
  2. Succession planning: non-executives/trustees are currently seeking a new CEO. As a small trust, the challenge is to ensure that the loss of key individuals (staff and trustees) does not compromise stability and continuity.
  3. Growth: the trust has ambitions to grow, which has proved a challenge as there is very little appetite for academisation in the local area. The trust feels as though the sponsor route cannot be the only growth strategy; instead, they aim to attract high-performing schools rated Good by Ofsted in order to build capacity.

Over the next five years, Endeavour Academy Trust aims to continue growing and will consider widening the geographical scope to include one new school per year. Additionally, they aim to build and consolidate strategic alliances with Bristol teaching schools and Teach First.

Trust ethos & values

Endeavour Academy Trust strives for outstanding achievement and ambition for all pupils. Additionally, they aim to improve the life chances of their pupils, overcome the barriers of disadvantage and have a transformational impact on their communities. More information can be found at: https://www.endeavouracademytrust.org.uk/251/strategic-plan-2018-21.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Role 1 – 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 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.

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)

  • Chair
  • CEO/ General Management
  • CFO/Finance

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance

Finance: this role additionally includes a Member of Finance Committee role. Candidates must have a professional background in finance, accountancy or strategic leadership with finance responsibilities. The trust seeks candidates with an ability to scrutinise, probe and challenge financial reports, returns and policies, with an understanding of audit processes. Additionally, candidates must be able to offer sound guidance to the trusts’ finance committee and finance team to ensure high levels of compliance and to support the securing of best value and outcomes for pupils.

Time commitment: 4 hours per month minimum.

Role 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 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.

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)

  • Risk
  • Business growth
  • Succession Planning
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • Branding/Marketing
  • Change Management
  • IT/Technology
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • CEO/General Management
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee

Time commitment : 4 hours per month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at multiple locations. For more information on the trust, please see their website: https://www.endeavouracademytrust.org.uk/

Governance structure

For more information in regard to the trust’s governance structure, please see: https://www.littlemead.bristol.sch.uk/217/statutory-governance-information

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: 16th November