Non-executive director/Trustee at Success Academy Trust

Harborough, Leicestershire
23 Dec 2021
20 Jan 2022
JN -122021-4667
Ben Bateson
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

Do you have experience in business leadership, growth management or human resources? Could you consider sharing your independent insights and expertise to support Success Academy Trust? The trust's main location is LE9 6PT; board meetings will be held virtually for the foreseeable future.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at single-academy and multi-academy trusts (SATs and MATs). Academy trusts exist to improve the outcomes of young people; at the highest levels of governance, they need highly skilled individuals with a variety of experiences to hold executive leadership teams to account. Insights from a wide-range of backgrounds ensure that boards are able to make informed choices on decisions that impact the lives of children and staff.

The Academy Ambassadors Programme is funded by the Department for Education, to match senior business leaders with academy trusts looking to strengthen their boards. By working together, inspirational educationalists and talented business leaders can provide a better future for the next generation.

The opportunity

Success Academy Trust, based in Leicestershire, is a cross-phase trust comprising a mix of four primary and secondary schools and a pre-school. The trust has a strong focus on school improvement, together with leadership and character development, as joint driving forces to raise aspiration and life chances, at the heart of its collaboration. It leads TELA Learning Alliance, a Leicestershire alliance of over thirty secondary and primary schools with a collaborative partnership ethos, which provides leadership programmes, initial teacher training, professional development and an effective school improvement team.

The trust employs 250 staff across the schools to support 2000 pupils, with a budget of approx. £10m.

The board currently has two board vacancies and they are seeking individuals who bring expertise in

  • Business management / entrepreneurialism / growth management, or
  • Human Resources.

The trust would especially welcome experience of growing a business, growing capacity for change, or leading change successfully within an organisation. It would be an added benefit if individuals might have experience of at least one aspect of due diligence around acquisitions. For those with HR expertise, the trust would be keen to hear from individuals who have experience of building capacity around leadership and management of human resources, and especially succession planning.

  • As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 - 24 months:
  • Continue to adapt leadership/central support staff structure to needs;
  • Grow the size of the trust sustainably over time;

  • Continue to build capacity for school improvement support, both internally within the trust, and externally locally (the trust provides school to school support for some Leicestershire schools, mainly brokered by the Local Authority).

    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/4-6hours' 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.

    The Academy Ambassadors Programme is committed to supporting boards with inclusive recruitment practices, and we actively encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    What next?

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

    When you select the option to Apply you will be redirected to the Academy Ambassadors webpage where you will find a full role specification with more details of the opportunity and the trust, including details of how to apply for the position.

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