About the trust
The University of Chichester Academy Trust (UCAT) shares the University's mission of being a community that inspires and enables individuals to exceed their expectations regardless of family background, ethnicity or disability. Overall, the trust educates 4970 pupils, employs 865 staff and manages a combined annual income of £27m and oversees the performance of fourteen schools (13 primary schools and 1 secondary school) which operate in three local authorities across the South East: Hampshire, Portsmouth and West Sussex. 50% of the schools are above average in size, most of these are located in Portsmouth. Nearly a quarter of the children are in two schools in urban settings. The trust has 8% more disadvantaged children than national average, with almost half of them in three of the schools in Portsmouth. The trust also educates a large number of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The University of Chichester Academy Trust is uniquely placed to make a difference to the local education landscape. With access to the University’s extensive resources, the trust provides expertise both educational from the University’s Institute of Education and from professionals within HR, Finance, ICT, Estates and Communications.
The trust is currently in phase 4 of its Strategic Plan which has been focused on consolidation and innovation. It is the board’s strategic intention to grow in a thoughtful, measured way of the next 2-3 years and to eventually grow a family of circa 30 academies which are geographically situated in clusters to enable the sharing of best practice across the trust.
Number of positions advertised: 1
Role 1 – 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.
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.
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
- Qualified accountant
- Change Management
- Growth/ Risk Management
- Corporate/Charity Governance
- Human Resources
1 day per month minimum. Six board and committee meetings per academic year
Location of board meetings and trust website
Board meetings are usually held from 2 – 4pm mainly at the trust’s main office: Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, PO19 6PE but sometimes rotate to various locations in Hampshire, Portsmouth and West Sussex to enable trustees to visit the trust’s schools. More information can be found via: http://unicat.org.uk/
Governance structure http://unicat.org.uk/
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