Member role at Castle School Education Trust (CSET)

Recruiter
New Schools Network
Location
Gloucestershire
Posted
09 Jan 2021
Closes
14 Jan 2021
Ref
1878698805
Category
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
Could you help to improve education in South Gloucestershire by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust? Castle School Education Trust for Education 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

Castle School Education Trust (CSET) in South Gloucestershire seeks a member to join its board and help shape the forward vision that takes the trust to the next level. CSET is currently made up of four large secondary schools and three primary schools. Board meetings are held across the schools in South Gloucestershire.CSET is a thriving multi-academy trust based in South Gloucestershire, on the outskirts of Bristol. It was created in 2013 when The Castle School in Thornbury converted to an academy. The trust has grown rapidly in its first five years and currently serves approximately 4900 pupils with a staff team of around 700 and a revenue budget of approximately £24 million. Today CSET comprises four large secondary schools and three primaries - with current Ofsted ratings ranging from Outstanding to Special Measures.

Person specification

The board seeks two members 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 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 now to be considered for the role.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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