Member at Exceed Academies Trust

Recruiter
New Schools Network
Location
Bradford
Posted
12 Jan 2021
Closes
15 Jan 2021
Ref
1901300841
Category
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
Could you help to improve education in Bradford by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust? Exceed Multi 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. All roles are pro bono.

The opportunity

Exceed Academies Trust serves communities with some of the highest levels of social and economic deprivation in the city of Bradford.

The trust has grown steadily following invitations by the DfE to take additional academies under its care. The trust currently has five primaries, one all-through school that caters for children from the ages of 4-16 and one alternative provision academy catering for children who struggle to cope with a normal mainstream school including those who are permanently excluded from a mainstream school. In September 2017, Exceed Academies Trust became responsible for a SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teaching Training).

The trust has potential to grow further in the future, offering further opportunities to incorporate additional schools into the trust. Its vision is to provide an outstanding school experience for all. The trust has a budget of around £23.7 million.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with previous experience in
  • Corporate/Charity 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.

What next?

Please register your interest to be considered for the role.

A full trust specification is available at the academy ambassadors website.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.