Member at Wellspring Academy Trust

Expiring today

New Schools Network
12 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Part Time
Could you help to improve education in South Yorkshire by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust? Wellspring Academy Trust seeks two new members.

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

Wellspring Academy Trust comprises 25 academies found across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and provides for around 5000 pupils across all phases of education, from ages 3-19. Around half of the schools are mainstream schools and the others provide for pupils with special educational needs. Plans are in progress for further expansion including some brand-new schools. The trust seeks Members with general executive management expertise and business growth to help embed the trust's five-year strategic plan, strategically guide further expansion and help ensure that the trust is sustainable and effective.

Wellspring Academy trust originated in Barnsley, with a mainstream primary school which needed urgent intervention, followed by special schools, since which it has developed a national reputation for educating and nurturing children and young people who have various special educational needs.

The trust has a high proportion of pupils who are deemed 'disadvantaged', as many of the schools operate in areas of deprivation. In broad terms, the trust employs over 1550 staff and serves around 5000 pupils. The overall trust budget is in the region of £85m per annum.

Person specification

The board seeks two members with previous experience in
  • CEO/General Management OR
  • Corporate/Charity Governance

Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of board room operations. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

The trust is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive board, including trustees who have a genuine understanding of the complexities experienced by its communities and a passion for supporting the trust in achieving both its social and educational objectives. We encourage all applicants who believe that they meet the skills criteria and share the trust's ethos to apply.

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 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?

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.