About the trust
A two-school multi-academy trust (MAT) based in Coleshill, Birmingham, Unity MAT comprises Woodlands School and Brooke School. Woodlands is an all age school for pupils with a broad spectrum of needs and includes Nursery provision along with Primary and Secondary schools and a Sixth Form department. In its most recent Ofsted report, Woodlands was identified as a ‘Good’ school.
Brooke School caters to Primary and Secondary age students and across both schools there students with Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties with some pupils with very complex needs. In total, the trust has c.400 pupils and 300 staff. The budget is c.£8mn.
Number of positions advertised: up to 3
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.
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
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 OR
- Legal/ Compliance OR
- Health and safety
- Non-executive/ Trustee
- Corporate Governance
Role 1: A finance specialist with a proven record of guiding and delivering strategy in a senior role, the ideal candidate will hold a relevant qualification and have experience in corporate governance and/or past experience in a charity/non-profit context.
Role 2: The trust requires an individual with a legal and/or compliance background able to guide the board on key issues. Candidates with experience from both in and outside education are encouraged to apply. A law qualification is necessary as the trust seeks to add this specific key area to the board skills mix.
Role 3: The suitable candidate for this position will have experience of Health and Safety management within a multi-site setting, with specific focus on pre-emptive risk mitigation and planning.
Up to 10 hours /month.
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