Non-Executive Directors at Gateway Learning Community

Gateway Learning Community in Tilbury seeks a non-executive director/trustee with a demonstrated experience in HR to join its board. Board meetings are held at Marshfoot Road, Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex, RM16 4LU when safe to do so.

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 Gateway Learning Community Trust provides education across the nursery to secondary age range and all its schools are in the local authority area of Thurrock. The trust manages a total budget of around £16m per year across its with 5 schools and employs almost 430 staff members and educates just below 3000 pupils. Four of the schools were rated 'good' by Ofsted at their last inspection and the fifth was judged to 'requires improvement'. The team have been working hard to secure the necessary improvements and are hopeful of a positive inspection next year.

The board seeks one business leader with board level experience in human resources.

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

  1. To recruit and retain good quality, experienced teachers
  2. To achieve consistently good provision the primary schools that currently 'requires improvement'
  3. To ensure the trust meets its aims in an ever-changing and challenging context.

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.

You will be 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 ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

A full trust specification is available on the Academy Ambassadors Board Opportunities page.

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.