Non-executive director/Trustee at Harbour Learning Trust

Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire
14 Jan 2022
11 Feb 2022
JN -092021-4492
David Ardill
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

Harbour Learning Trust is a nine-school trust in North East Lincolnshire. The board seeks up to three new trustees possessing education, HR and/or finance skills. Meetings are held in Grimsby or Lincoln.

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 service 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

A nine-school academy trust situated across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Harbour Learning Trust comprises two secondary schools (one with a sixth form), one junior school and six primary schools. It also includes one School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) centre which supports the training of teachers across the region. The board is seeking to recruit up to three individuals possessing a variety of skills and able to bring challenge and add strategic capacity to help drive improvements and the renewed vision and ambition. While the trust seeks at least one candidate with education experience, no pre-existing educational experience is required for the other roles. Board meetings will be held virtually until it is safe to resume in person, at which point they will resume at either of our main hub locations in Grimsby or Lincoln.

The board seeks three senior leaders with board level experience in

  • Education: Primary and/or Secondary or
  • HR or
  • Financial Management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 - 24 months:

  • To ensure high quality leadership and governance across the trust, ensuring all statutory obligations are met and astute decisions taken at all levels are based firmly on accurate information to achieve the best outcomes possible for children.
  • To build an effective and efficient central services infrastructure to enable better connectivity and greater stability across the trust thus providing a professional and outstanding support service to staff and students.
  • To develop a clear and robust approach to school improvement that ensures all schools deliver a high-quality education which maximises students' progress and outcomes whilst ensuring children's wellbeing and happiness.

  • 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/6-8 hours' 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.

    People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    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.