Non-executive director at The Priory Federation of Academies

The Priory Federation of Academies

Non-executive director/ Trustee role

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Lincolnshire?  The Priory Federation of Academies seeks two new non-executives/directors to join its board. Whilst one of the non-executive directors will have general business skills, the other will possess financial acumen and will be appointed with a view to becoming chair of the finance sub-committee.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Priory Federation of Academies seeks to recruit two new board members both to build upon existing progress and further develop the trust. The trust has approximately 7,000 pupils and around 1,000 employees, across nine academies in Lincolnshire, and one in Leicestershire.

The trust was formed in 2008; the Local Authority and the Department for Education invited the trust to unite three academies. It has grown to comprise 10 academies, including five secondary academies, four primary academies and one all-through academy, which caters for students from the age of two to 18. The trust attributes its growth and development to a consistent, collaborative approach throughout its academies.

 A primary academy and a special needs academy are set to join the trust in the near future. The growth experienced since 2008 is set to continue as the trust anticipates expansion to approximately 15 academies over the next three years.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • Chair
  • CFO/Finance, or
  • CEO/General Management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  1. Mitigating the impact of financial and budgetary challenges. However, it is worth noting that the trust still has a comfortable reserve, having spent some of this recently to improve the overall assets and provision.
  2. Maintaining and building pupil numbers in key areas, particularly where competitor academies are sponsored and the trust is working to turn around legacy perceptions of local families.
  3. Continuing to recruit high-quality staff to deliver positive outcomes.

Specifically CFO/Finance candidate: The role will involve providing support to the board and chair in setting the strategic direction of the trust, bringing experience and influence to the trust and chairing [finance] sub-committee meetings effectively.

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

The successful candidate for Chair of Finance will be asked to chair the finance sub-committee which meets additionally four to five times per year. As the new chair, you will be able to work with your committee to determine a suitable time slot for meetings.

All trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

 As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

If you are interested in this role, 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 www.academyambassadors.org.

 


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