Non-Executive Director X 2

About the trust

The Evolve Trust, formed in 2014, provides education across all sectors – primary, secondary and special. The trust is passionate about quality education for all children; all of it schools have one simple mission – to give children the very best education possible and the very best start in life.

The Evolve Trust is a values-driven organisation with an unwavering vision to ‘open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life’.

The trust has a unique combination of mainstream and special schools, which consists of The Beech Academy is one of the highest performing special schools in the country. It caters for 70 secondary-aged students who make great progress overcoming the challenges of autism. The Brunts Academy, a secondary with 1,500 children and The Bramble Academy, a primary with 130 children.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:2

Role 1 – 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 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 competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • CEO/ General Management

  • CFO/ Finance

  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Desirable

  • Change Management

  • Corporate Governance

The trust seeks a trustee possessing a strong ‘general’ skillset from across the business sphere, but with specific emphasis on financial strategy at management level. Experience within public sector funding would be an advantage. The trust also seeks a number of complementary skills, as listed in the ‘desirable’ section, to help develop its board strength and breadth. Experience in business management at senior level would be advantageous, along with a willingness to work constructively and effectively with all in accordance with the ‘Nolan Principles: Standards of Public Life.’ (Click here for details)

Time commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average). There are five board meetings per year (autumn, spring and summer terms) with each being up to 3 hours (although the new chair is seeking to reduce their length closer to 2 hours). Meetings start around 6 p.m. In addition, there are four formal subcommittee meetings per year and the successful candidate is likely to be invite to join the audit committee which provides close scrutiny of all matters, particularly finance. 

Role 2 – Members

A Member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. The Evolve Board have developed the role of Members to encourage closer oversight of the board’s work. At The Evolve Trust, the Members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend three meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of Members.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Non-executive / Trustee

  • Corporate Governance

  • Change Management

Desirable

  • CFO Finance

  • CEO/ General Management

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder

The trust seeks individuals with an extensive and demonstrable background in change management, with strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director.

A good communicator committed to attending Members’ meetings, the ideal candidate will be an individual with good business acumen, as well as experience of working within a charity or non-profit environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous but not essential.

Time commitment

Members are required to attend three general meetings per year (one per term, autumn, spring and summer). Members’ meetings have previously been held early in the day and last up to 2 hours. Members may be invited to other ad hoc events or meetings to allow them to have an oversight of the work of the board and the trust. These could include occasional celebration or presentation evenings.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Fairholme Drive, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6DX.


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