About the trust
YCAT is building a partnership of schools that put the needs of children at their heart and is committed to true collaborative working. Its schools work together to ensure pupils are confident, responsible and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take ownership of their life-long learning.
One of the trust’s schools is the lead school for the Harrogate and Rural Teaching Alliance (HART) which includes approximately 50 members; the trust recognises the importance of attracting new teachers into the profession and developing their skills. YCAT plays an active part in this through its School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.
The trust seeks to continue to identify ways to further improve progress in its high attaining schools. This is achieved through the establishment of consistent operational models, to ensure that its provision has the maximum impact on children’s outcomes.
The trust has been praised in a national DfE media release as one of the top ten MATs in the country for attainment levels at Key Stage 2 (end of primary stage):
Number of Positions Advertised:
Role 1– Trustee/Non-Executive Director
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.
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.
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)
- CFO/ Finance
- Non-executive Trustee
- Growth Management
- Role 1: YCAT seeks a non-executive director with a strong background in accounting, finance and business. The appointed candidate will join the finance, resources, audit and risk committee; responsible for financial oversight, monitoring of budgets, finance planning and reporting, internal controls and audit and risk management. Due to the YCAT’s plans for growth, experience of growth management would be advantageous.
Preparation and attendance at five board meetings per academic year.
Preparation and attendance at committee meetings (approximately four per academic year).
Ad hoc strategic support to leadership on appropriate issues.
Location of board meetings and trust website
The trust rotates meeting locations around its schools, so meetings will alternately be held in Harrogate, Askwith, Leyburn, Lothersdale or Hawes. Due to the current location of its trustees, most meetings are held in Harrogate or Askwith.