About the trust
Learn-AT was formed from a group of seven primary schools based in and around Market Harborough. The trust now comprises 10 schools which are a combination of Church of England and community primary schools. The trust hosts a teaching school alliance which links the team to other schools outside the trust and the teaching school provides training and development for professionals within the region. This has helped the trust develop a strong focus on professional learning and research.
The trust’s vision is to remain true to its founding core purpose – learning, and its founding core value – fellowship. Those within the trust work together to build a flourishing, hospitable and inclusive organisation, in which Church of England and Community academies work together in the service of local children and families.
Number of positions advertised: 2
Roles 1&2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director or Member
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, and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments are subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
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
- Qualified Accountant
- Non-executive/ Trustee
- Legal/ Compliance
- Corporate Governance
- Branding/ Marketing
- Entrepreneur/ Founder
- Succession Planning
- Growth Management
Role 1: The trust seeks a senior finance executive that is used to overseeing a total budget in excess of £10m p.a. across multiple sites. Whilst all trustees are responsible for financial oversight, this particular trustee, as a qualified professional, is likely to bring sharper questioning and insight to challenge the CEO and CFO with regard to the trust’s finances. In addition to trust board meetings, this trustee will also join the Finance sub-committee which provides a forum to view the monthly management accounts. Whilst all schools’ budgets are challenging, the trust has managed its finances well and has built a small surplus. Clearly the trust needs to manage the challenge of spending on the current students whilst holding sufficient reserves to ensure it meets commitments going forward
Role 2: The trust seeks a professional with skills/experience in the fields of law and/or compliance. The successful candidate may not necessarily be a practicing lawyer but will be able to bring forward an understanding of aspects of law which are relevant to the trust. This person will have the skills to interpret the advice given by the trusts lawyers, and able to probe and hold to account executives and contractors that provide advice to the trust’s team. They may have skills in any of the broad legal areas which affect education and could include contracts, property, employment, etc. Depending on the successful candidate’s skills and interests, they may be invited to join one of the sub-committees (Finance, School Improvement or Pay).
The full trust board meets three times per year (autumn, spring and summer). All trust board meetings are held on Thursday (early) evenings and normally start at 6:30pm and run for up to two hours. The finance sub-committee meets 6 times per year (normally once each half term) and meetings tend to be early evening with start times varying between 6 and 6:30 and running for up to two hours. The School Improvement sub-committee meets five times per year and three of these meetings tend to be tagged BEFORE a full trust board meeting, starting around 4:30pm.
On average, trustees would be expected to devote around 6-7 hours per month to trust business. This would include reading papers in preparation for meetings and any ad hoc training.
Location of board meetings and trust website
Trust board meetings are held at School Lane, Lubenham, Leicestershire, LE16 9TW