About the trust
The trust is based in the Brentwood area and currently comprises two primary schools, one in Shenfield and one in Mountnessing. The trust serves a total of around 520 pupils, employs approximately 90 staff and has an annual budget of over £2 million. In 2008 Ofsted rated Shenfield St Mary’s as “outstanding”, and in 2016 Mountnessing was rated “good”.
This is a Church of England trust and trustees are appointed by the trust members where the Chelmsford Diocese is represented by the Diocesan Director of Education. The trust is qualified as a sponsor and, as a consequence, there is a broad range of expansion opportunities that could include community schools as well as church schools and schools requiring sponsorship.
Number of positions advertised: 1
The trust is seeking to appoint a trustee with legal expertise. This skill and background is missing from the current board. In addition, all other trustees have links to one or other of the two schools and the preferable appointment would be someone independent and without affiliation.
In this context trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of the role include ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction and 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. However, trustees are expected to work together in cooperation with the members of the trust who retain the right of appointment to safeguard the founding objectives of the trust.
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.
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.
In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
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
The strategic expertise required for this role includes:
- Legal/ Compliance
- CEO/ General Management
- Qualified Lawyer
The indicative time commitment is around 6 hours per month and there are 6 trust meetings a year.
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