Non-Executive Director X 2

About the trust

Originally formed in 2012 by the governing body of Farringdon Academy, New Penshaw and Plains Farm Academy both joined the trust in April 2013, followed in July 2016 by Burnside Academy and Fatfield Academy.

The schools within the MAT typically serve communities with high levels of deprivation, where children and families face social and economic barriers, which pose significant challenge to their life chances. The trust is committed to raising aspirations and ensuring pupils make good progress; working closely with families to give pupils the best start in life.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Roles 1&2 - Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees/Non-Executive Directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; their role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team.  The board of trustees strategically manage the business of the academy trust and may exercise powers in line with the Scheme of Delegation. 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 strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential

  • Non-Executive/ Trustee AND
  • Estates/ Property AND
  • CEO/ General Management OR
  • IT/ Technology

Desirable

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Procurement
  • Project Management

Role 1 – IT Systems and Operations

The ideal candidate will have an extensive background at senior management or director level within the IT sector in a corporate or charitable organisation. The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience across the IT sector as a whole, specifically IT hardware and/or software provision, telecommunications systems, networking and security.  Experience of having led or overseen the procurement and implementation of IT systems within an organisation would be advantageous. 

Adherence to the Nolan Principles of Public Life are a prerequisite for the role, as well as an ability to operate in an ‘eyes on, hands off’ capacity. Previous experience in a non-executive director role is essential in order to provide suitable knowledge and insight to the role.

 

Role 2 – Estates Management/Asset Management

 

The ideal candidate will have a background in estate management/asset management either within a corporate of charitable organisation at senior manager or director level. The candidate will demonstrate architectural, building development or facilities management experience. Experience of planning and delivering capital projects is preferred and demonstrating project management experience would also be an advantage.

 

Adherence to the Nolan Principles of Public Life are a prerequisite for the role, as well as an ability to operate in an ‘eyes on, hands off’ capacity. Previous experience in a non-executive director role is essential in order to provide suitable knowledge and insight to the role.

Time Commitment

Six meetings annually, although the trust welcomes additional ad hoc input from its trustees.

 


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