Non-Executive Director X 3

About the trust

HISP Academy Trust, based in the southeast region is a new MAT with one school. The trust currently has 1,500 pupils on roll, 190 staff members and a budget of approximately £9 million. Of the children on roll, 6.9% are eligible for additional pupil premium funding and 5.16% of children have English as an additional language.

Thornden School, the trust’s foundation school, is an outstanding school and plays an important role in the community with extensive facilities. These attract local sports teams and provide a space for local music groups.  With one school and looking to expand, the trust seeks to grow by taking in additional schools into the trust. The board will play the key role in deciding the strategy for sustainable growth and development of the trust. The expansion will be focused on opportunities in the local geography so that resources can be efficiently deployed and strong central services provided to trust schools. Growth is expected to begin with primary schools to deliver cross-phase benefits to staff and pupils. The trust already has teaching school and research school status and it will continue to develop these aspects into a local hub of teaching and educational leadership expertise. In parallel with expansion into further primary and secondary schools, the trust will then enable even greater school improvements to be achieved across a wider section of local communities.

 

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: Roles 1-3 – 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, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Candidates should have a keen interest in educational outcomes for young people in the local area (south Hampshire / IoW). The successful candidate will assist in the set-up of a new trust and its governance model. He/she will be a strong team player who can be part of engaging and professional governance function and able to work positively with diverse stakeholders. Applications from qualified commercial solicitors working in-house or within a legal practice would be particularly welcome.

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)

Legal/ Compliance

Desirable

  • HR
  • Commercial / Procurement
  • Property / Estates

Time commitment

8 hours /month minimum. Trust meetings expected to be 6 times per year.

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Person specification

Ideally, candidates should have experience of the charity sector and should have a keen interest in educational outcomes for young people in the local area (south Hampshire / IoW). The successful candidate will support the set-up of a new trust and its governance. He/she should be a team player as part of engaging with a professional governance function. The successful candidate will work positively with diverse stakeholders. The trust is looking to engage widely with stakeholders as it enters a growth phase and applications individuals with this skill set would be particularly welcome.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential

Branding/Marketing/Communications

Desirable

Corporate Governance

Time commitment

8 hours /month minimum. Trust meetings expected to be 6 times per year.

Role 3 – Trustee/Non-Executive

Person specification

Ideally experienced in education sector, in either governance, leadership, assessment or inspection, you must have a keen interest in educational outcomes for young people in the local area (south Hampshire / IoW). The successful candidate will drive the set-up of a new trust and its governance. You should be a team player, part of a professional governance function and able to work positively with diverse stakeholders.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

Corporate governance
General management

Desirable

Education

Time commitment

8 hours /month minimum. Trust meetings expected to be 6 times per year.


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