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Become a Trustee

Roles within school governance is one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. They provide strategic leadership and accountability in our schools. 

We recognise these individuals as being absolutely key to the effectiveness of our schools and the Trust as a whole. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including by the governing board.

Trustee vacancies

We are currently looking for two new Trustees to join our Board from September 2022.  If you are interested in hearing more please send your details to our Governance Officer Sarah Pugh, who will be in touch to discuss the opportunities with you.

What's involved?

The Board of Trustees has 3 core responsibilities:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure money is well spent

Whilst the day to day running of the Trust is delegated to the CEO and Central Services Team there are additional responsibilities, including but not limited to, in relation to the Boards role as:

  • employer and therefore ensuring compliance with employment law
  • controller of premises (e.g. health & safety, environmental law)
  • having wider financial responsibilities (e.g. HMRC Revenue & Customs, Charity Commission)
  • admission authority
  • appellant body for complaints, appeals and panels
  • being responsible for operating within company law
  • data controller

This is a strategic, not operational role, the Board ensures the Trust does the right things, for the right people, in the right way – governance ensures, management does.

What does the role offer?

The role offers:

  • a chance to develop your own personal skills
  • access to a programme of free training in respect of education/governance matters
  • a sense of achievement in helping make a difference to children reaching their potential
  • support and guidance from fellow trustees

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.  The Board meets 6 times per year during the working day, the majority of which are virtual to limit travelling, you will be expected to attend the meetings, comment on reports and support the Trust to uphold its vision, values and ethos.

What skills and experience are needed?

In looking to fill these vacancies we are interested in applications from people with the skills outlined below but this is not essential - what is more important is enthusiasm, interest and the willingness to learn.

The trust seeks a trustee with:

  • Strong finance, audit and risk experience, the ideal candidate will demonstrate finance experience from an education or commercial setting, including evidence of contribution to growing a business, as well as experience of business mergers and acquisitions.
  • A background within the education sector, the ideal candidate will have in-depth experience managing a school, academy or Multi Academy Trust, with a specific skill set in school improvement.
  • Experience within Human Resources, the ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in managing staffing within a large organisation. To include pay & remuneration, performance management, staff disciplinary and grievances