About the trust
SMART Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) has been in operation since 2016, as a group of eight primary schools in the North West of Newcastle. It comprises Cheviot, Farne, Kenton Bar, Kingston Park, Mountfield, North Fawdon, Stocksfield Avenue and Wyndham.
Students at SMART MAT come from a very wide range of social and economic backgrounds and cultural heritages. The trust sees this as its strength and celebrates diversity, while striving to ensure that it meets the academic and personal development needs of every child.
The schools within the SMART MAT work collaboratively, sharing expertise and developing innovative approaches to curriculum that are stimulating, motivating children to love learning. The trust strives to enable its learners to develop together within its safe, vibrant and nurturing school communities. The partnership working goes beyond the SMART MAT – as an outward-looking organisation it seeks to learn from others as well as to share its own good practice and expertise.
SMART MAT is planning to grow and support other schools that share its vision to develop practices and to benefit from the wide range of expertise across the MAT.
Number of positions advertised:
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.
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: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf
The strategic expertise sought for these roles includes:
Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
- Non-executive/ Trustee
- Corporate Governance
- CEO/ General Management
- Growth Management
- Legal/ Compliance
- Purchasing/ Procurement
The ideal candidate/s will have extensive experience of leadership in a largescale organisation, with responsibility for delivering strategy and board-level accountability. Preferably with experience of purchasing and procurement and/or, in one case, legal experience – though these are not prerequisites – the successful candidate/s will be adept at making challenging decisions and will possess experience in areas such as managing business growth. Suitable candidates may have held positions in non-profit making businesses as well as in commercial, retail or industry settings.
Location of board meetings and trust website
Trust board meetings are held at Wyndham Primary School, Montagu Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4SB.