Non-Executive Director x2

About the Trust

An academy trust currently comprising The Brookfield School, based in Hereford, Brookfield AT is a specialist provider for children with a diagnosis of social, emotional and/or mental health (SEMH) needs.

The Brookfield School strives to motivate pupils who have so far found school a challenging environment in which to learn, offering a safe, calm, caring learning environment and a nurturing approach  so that all children and young people are able to achieve their potential.

Within the trust, the Arrow Group is a specialist provision for SEMH students who are difficult to engage in traditional school environments. Students’ timetables are individually tailored to suit their specific needs and abilities, with curricula that follow a more vocational pathway incorporated with core subjects of Maths, English, PSE and Careers. A dynamic and flexible working approach is used to support and encourage learning and positive school engagement. The Arrow Group includes opportunities for student at three different farm settings across Herefordshire.

In addition, Brookfield AT includes a Primary Intervention programme, whereby students are referred from outsider providers and integrate to the Brookfield curriculum for a period of time, to enable them to return to, and remain in, mainstream education for the long term.

The trust is committed to providing the very best opportunities for all children and young adults through a rich, diverse curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom. It works alongside parents, carers and a wide range of multidisciplinary colleagues to achieve this.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

 

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.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

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

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Real Estate/ Property
  • Growth Management
  • Change Management

Desirable

  • Education Leadership
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance

 

Role 1 – Estates infrastructure: A candidate with prior experience of managing the needs of a multi-site facility is required. Skills, knowledge and experience of delivering effective architecture and demonstrable evidence of doing so under tight financial conditions is highly sought. The trust seeks applicants with experience of estates and property management, as well as legal implications across multiple sites. Expertise and experience in corporate governance would be highly advantageous, as well as a demonstrable record of working strategically, influencing key stakeholders and devising strategy for a complex, growing organisation.

 

Role 2 – Change Management and Education Leadership: Possessing skills in leading organisational change, embedding systems and working strategically to devise and develop strategy, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working at strategic level in a medium or large organisation. While the trust would like to speak to applicants with evidence of working within the education sector at senior level, this is recognised as a desirable, rather than essential criteria.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

 

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.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

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

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Real Estate/ Property
  • Growth Management
  • Change Management

Desirable

  • Education Leadership
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance

 

Role 1 – Estates infrastructure: A candidate with prior experience of managing the needs of a multi-site facility is required. Skills, knowledge and experience of delivering effective architecture and demonstrable evidence of doing so under tight financial conditions is highly sought. The trust seeks applicants with experience of estates and property management, as well as legal implications across multiple sites. Expertise and experience in corporate governance would be highly advantageous, as well as a demonstrable record of working strategically, influencing key stakeholders and devising strategy for a complex, growing organisation.

 

Role 2 – Change Management and Education Leadership: Possessing skills in leading organisational change, embedding systems and working strategically to devise and develop strategy, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working at strategic level in a medium or large organisation. While the trust would like to speak to applicants with evidence of working within the education sector at senior level, this is recognised as a desirable, rather than essential criteria.

Time commitment

Up to two days per month; the current schedule of meetings includes one board meeting each month.

 


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