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Nene Education Trust

Member role

Could you help to improve education in Wellingborough by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust? 

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. All roles are pro bono.

The trust

The Nene Education Trust in Northamptonshire seeks to appoint a member. The trust is looking for a Member who has business skill and experience with a good knowledge of corporate Governance. The trust has successfully expanded from 3 to 7 schools in 2019. Board meetings are held in Raunds, Wellingborough, NN9 6PA.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance,
  • 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 are key players in overseeing the work of the trust and are generally deemed ‘eyes on but hands-off’.

Most notably, members:

  • are the subscribers to the memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint new members or remove existing members
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • have power to change the company name and dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members are usually asked to attend a minimum of ONE but possibly up to THREE meetings a year to gain an understanding of the trust’s work and the board’s oversight. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month. The meetings would include the annual general meeting.

Further information on the member role at a multi-academy trust is available here.

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.

What next?

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

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications.


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