REAch2 Academy Trust Cluster Non-Executive Representative

Job Title: REAch2 Academy Trust Cluster Non-Executive Representative
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: REAch2
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 20, 2019 10:29

Job Description


Cluster Board Non-Executive Representative


Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. As a growing charitable organisation, currently supporting 60 primary academies across England, we are seeking Non-Executive Representatives to join our newly established Cluster boards. As is the case with our Local Governors and Trustees, the position of Cluster Non-Executive Representative is a voluntary one.


We are a family that delivers school to school improvement, going the extra mile for all our children. We are passionate about dispelling the myth that only certain children are able to achieve. This Is an opportunity to join a transformational trust that has taken its schools from 17% to 83% Ofsted ‘Good’ Academies over the past six years.


The Cluster boards will meet up to six times per year in schools located in the clusters, details of the Clusters are set out below:


Cluster 1 covering Cannock, Staffordshire, Telford and Wolverhampton areas

Cluster 2 covering Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and Litchfield areas

Cluster 3 covering Rugby, Atherstone, Birmingham and Nuneaton areas

Cluster 4 covering Letchworth Garden City, Hitchin, Harlow and Aylesbury areas

Cluster 5 covering Lowestoft and Beccles areas

Cluster 6 covering Essex, Clacton on Sea, Colchester and Ipswich areas

Cluster 7 covering Croydon and West Sussex areas

Cluster 8 covering Kent, Gravesend, Bexley Heath, Purfleet and Deptford areas

Cluster 9 covering Reading areas

Cluster 10 covering London - Waltham Forest, Chigwell, Dagenham, Leyton and Romford areas


Our Cornerstones and Touchstones

REAch2 is the Cornerstone of the entire Trust: providing a strong, responsible foundation from which every Academy develops and grows. A cornerstone provides a subtle yet paramount role in a building and ensures that REAch2 is trustworthy, reliable and inspirational organization, delivering the best possible learning experience.

What gives each REAch2 Academy its uniqueness is the “touchstones” of the Trust: seven principles, which make our Academies distinctive. Just as 500 years ago, touchstones were used to test the quality of the gold they marked, so too our touchstones are used to express values and ethos of the Trust. They describe what the Trust wants to be known for and how it wishes to operate.


What are Touchstones?

Children and adults will flourish in REAch2 academies: academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually so that all dimensions of humanity are nurtured.

We notice talent and spot the ‘possible’ in people as well as the ‘actual’; Developing potential within in our Trust becomes a realization that there is a future worth pursuing for everyone.  Children deserve enjoyment in their learning and the pleasure that comes from absorption in a task and achieving their goals. Providing contexts for learning which are relevant, motivating and engaging, will release in children their natural curiosity, fun and determination. Inspiration breathes energy and intent into our schools: through influential experiences of people and place, children are compelled to believe that no mountain is too high and that nothing is impossible. REAch2 serves a wide range of communities across the country and we celebrate the economic, social, cultural and religious diversity that this brings: embracing inclusion ensures that we are a Trust that serves all, believing that everyone can and must succeed.


To learn more about the touchstones, and hear from staff and pupils across REAch2 schools, please visit our website:

Role Description  


Post: Cluster Non-Executive Representative


About the Role 


Cluster Non-Executive Representatives are responsible for Cluster wide opportunities and working collaboratively with all schools within the cluster. They are able to provide cluster overview, scrutiny and challenge of Academy education, financial performance and risk management. Cluster Non-Executive Representatives are responsible to support cluster contact and communications with Academy leaders and governors to shape and influence the Academy Trusts thinking and ensure an effective flow of communication takes place between the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs), the Cluster Boards and the Trust Board.


On each Cluster Board we are seeking to have at least one Non-Executive Representative with experience and expertise in the financial sector. Taking a leading role in financial compliance across the cluster these individuals will be experienced in ensuring sound financial systems are in place across the cluster. To monitor the financial performance of the academies against approved budgets within the cluster. To ensure financial risk is being adequately managed through the risk framework and cluster heat maps and to approve the Academies’ spend in line with the Trust’s Scheme of Financial Delegation.

Person specification


The competencies required for this role include:


  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Negotiation skills
  • Adhering to Statutory Compliance
  • Collaborative working


Whilst it is desirable that successful candidates will have existing corporate or charity governance experience in an organisation of at least equivalent size and budget value, the trust’s priority is to secure non-executive representatives who are able to provide scrutiny and challenge to schools within the cluster. They will be comfortable working as part of a cluster board to ensure oversight takes place across all areas including risk, performance, financials and compliance.

Time commitment

Applicants can expect to attend six meetings per year, and additional visits to schools within the cluster to better understand the academies within the cluster.

Key dates

Deadline: 1st January 2019
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