Board Member -Learning without Limits Academy Trust

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Learning without Limits Academy Trust

Member role

Could you help to improve education in Leicester by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Learning without Limits Academy Trust seeks a new member.

Members provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees to ensure suitable accountability for decision making and strategy. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop, they face significant challenges. This role enables professionals to use skills and experience gained throughout their career to help trusts across England and improve the life chances of young people.

The trust

This is a multi-academy trust that formed in 2016, to serve the communities of Leicester City and the surrounding areas. Originally born out of Babington Academy in the North-West of Leicester, the trust has two primary and two secondary schools, with Leicester Metropolitan Academy (LMA) - a new free school - which will open in new accommodation in 2021 when it admits Year 7 pupils for the first time.  The trust also supports South Wigston High School which legally sits separate to the trust.  Discussions are underway with a view for South Wigston High School to possibly join the trust at some stage in the future.

The majority of the students served by the LwLAT are from disadvantaged backgrounds, they are also from families with a range of ethnicities. Some of the academies within the trust have a strong track record of helping disadvantaged students to perform well and these strategies are shared across the trust in order to improve performance. The trust serves 3,000 pupils; it has 550 staff and a budget of £17m.

Person specification

The board seeks business leaders with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles

Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of the non-executive director role. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

What’s involved?

Members have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. They provide high-level oversight and scrutiny of the work of the trust board.

Most notably, members:

  • define the trust’s charitable object and governance structure;
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members will typically meet once per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

Further information on the member role at a multi-academy trust is available on the gov.uk website.

Successful candidates will join a network of Ambassadors: experienced business leaders and professionals who have been appointed to board roles through the Academy Ambassadors Programme. All Ambassadors gain access to resources, guidance, networking events, our annual flagship conference, as well as webinars. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

Please send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org.

A full trust specification is available at https://www.academyambassadors.org/board-opportunities.


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