Non-executive Director/Trustee at South Essex Alliance MAT

Essex, Rayleigh
17 Jan 2022
14 Feb 2022
JN -012022-4708
David Ardill
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

Are you seeking an opportunity to give back to local communities by lending your expertise to education? By becoming a non-executive board director at an academy trust, your range of skills and experience could help to improve the life chances of children and help trusts to navigate the challenges they face.

South Essex Alliance Multi Academy Trust seeks up to three trustees with senior finance, audit/risk and strategic leadership skills, alongside a further candidate with background in education.

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

The South Essex Alliance is a multi-academy trust formed in 2018. The academy trust operates three primary school academies in Southeast Essex, namely Rayleigh Primary School and Wyburns Primary School, both based in the market town of Rayleigh, and North Crescent Primary School which is based in Wickford. The three schools have a combined pupil capacity of 840 (Reception - Year 6). The number on roll was 865 in the school census on 20th May 2021. The trust is committed to running dynamic, ever-improving schools. The board and the trust's executive works to make sure that every child feels they belong in their school and that they are 'lit up' with learning.

The board seeks up to three senior leaders with board level experience in

  • finance
  • audit
  • risk
  • strategic leadership
  • education (primary)

The ideal candidate/s will possess critical listening skills and ability to ask effective questions, alongside strategic thinking, excellent communication and problem-solving skills. At least one individual will be from a senior finance position, ideally with accounting, audit and/or risk expertise, ability to understand and assimilate complex data and experience of setting, approving and monitoring largescale budgets across multiple sites. One of the trustees will sit on the trust's finance committee and another will sit on the audit committee. A further individual is sought with an education background, including specific understanding and experience in primary-phase and monitoring teaching and learning. An understanding of safeguarding is essential.

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

  • All three schools are in line for Ofsted inspections this year and the trust is focussed on strengthening its improving standards through the Learner First Strategy;
  • Developing the MAT alliance and enhancing its distinctive capabilities;
  • Strengthening and expanding the Board to support future growth

  • 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 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.