Non-executive Director role at The Polaris Multi Academy Trust

West Yorkshire
10 Jun 2021
08 Jul 2021
JN -052021-4289
David Ardill
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

The newly-forming Polaris Multi Academy Trust in West Yorkshire seeks two non-executive directors/trustees possessing extensive finance and/or accountancy skills to join its board. Board meetings will be held in Rastrick, West Yorkshire, when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

A newly-forming academy trust comprising four schools in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire, The Polaris Multi Academy Trust is being established through the successful application of Rastrick High School to become a sponsor academy and the adoption, through a voluntary transfer, of the schools within Brighter Futures Academy Trust. The Polaris MAT's intention is to grow and develop over time, focusing on the Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford areas. The trust seeks to add significant financial knowledge and expertise to its board with the recruitment of up to two trustees/non-executives possessing extensive experience in financial management and/or accounting. The roles will begin in September 2021. Board meetings will be held in Rastrick, West Yorkshire, when safe to do so.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

  • Accountancy/qualified accountant and/or

  • Finance

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

  • Cohesion and shared vision: bringing together four school communities under the banner of The Polaris Multi Academy Trust, communicating the vision of the trust and achieving complete buy-in from all stakeholders;

  • Ofsted outcomes: Moving Siddal Primary Academy and Field Lane Academy from an Ofsted judgement of 'Requires Improvement' to a judgement of at least 'Good';

  • Systems and mindset: Embedding a systemic approach and mindset in the education and business/back office staff across the trust.

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.

A full trust specification is available on the Academy Ambassadors website, by clicking Apply.

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