Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: VIC01
Contact Name: Ian Kirby
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 26, 2018 08:25

Job Description

Victoria Academies Trust seeks to develop, with expansion aimed at bringing more schools into the trust. In order to achieve its aim, the trust is strengthening its governance arrangements and seeks up to three new board members, bringing significant expertise in the fields of finance, HR and IT. Board meetings are held at Victoria Park Academy, Smethwick.

About the trust

Victoria Academies Trust is an expanding multi academy trust (MAT) established in January 2014 and now comprising eight primary schools, with a ninth opening in September 2019.

The trust’s schools are located across the West Midlands in areas with varying degrees of diversity and including areas of high deprivation. The trust has been successful in improving standards at three schools that have joined, including one which recently received an Ofsted ‘Good’ assessment. Ofsted inspections for the other two, both of which were in Special Measures when they joined the trust, are anticipated in due course.

Victoria Academies Trust also operates ‘Central England Teacher Training’ - a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme, accredited to train and award qualified teacher status (QTS) for the primary age range. It also runs ‘Ballot Street Spice’, a social enterprise that creates spice products that bring families and the local community together and at the same time provides real and purposeful learning experiences. The social enterprise model is being introduced at a number of schools in the trust.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To continue to expand and develop governance, financial and operational capabilities to support the expansion of the trust.
  2. To continue developing and improving educational provision to enable all schools to become outstanding providers of education.
  3. To ensure that the trust continues to develop its talent pool to deliver a consistent supply of high quality future leaders.

Victoria Academies Trust is opening a new primary Free school in September 2019 and is also looking to recruit its first secondary school. Furthermore, the trust is continuing its objective of recruiting schools using all routes, including schools requiring improvement. This planned expansion requires governance, financial and operational capabilities to be reviewed and new trustees recruited accordingly.

Roles 1-3 – 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 are 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/COO to account.

The successful person will join other committed individuals on the Board of Trustees. Key responsibilities include providing strategic leadership, guidance and oversight, ensuring sound financial stewardship and a culture of values-led high performance. As well as attending regular board meetings, there will be opportunities to join sub-committees.

Person specification

The competencies required for these roles include:

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

  • CFO/ Finance

  • HR

  • IT/ Technology


  • Change Management

  • Growth Management

  • Risk

  • Succession PlanningTime commitment

Approximately 5 hours /month minimum

The trust seeks up to three individuals possessing senior level experience of developing and growing services in the private or public sector with expertise in the CFO/Finance, HR and/or IT/Technology fields. Experience in Change Management, Growth Management, Risk or Succession Planning would be beneficial. Applicants representing the diverse communities served by the trust are highly sought.