Non-Executive Director/Trustee at The Midland Academies Trust

Warwickshire, Nuneaton
28 Jul 2021
25 Aug 2021
JN -042021-4256
Melanie Carter
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

The Midland Academies Trust seeks to recruit two new board members with skills in Finance /Audit and/or Education leadership. Board meetings will be held on rotation at the trust's academies in Nuneaton and at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College when safe to do so; currently, however, meetings are held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at academy trusts 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

The Midland Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust (MAT) established in 2010 by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, which sponsors the academies for which the trust is responsible.

The trust operates in areas of significant deprivation and comprises four schools - currently three secondary schools in Nuneaton and one secondary school in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.

The trust aims to transform the lives of children and young people and to release their potential through excellent education and the opportunity to acquire new skills. The trust is overseen by the College, which is graded by Ofsted as Good with Outstanding features; it is uniquely placed to enable young people's progression throughout their school career and into further or higher education, training and employment.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • Education Leadership/Education Sector OR
  • Finance

The trust would prefer candidates to live within a reasonable travelling distance of its schools in Nuneaton, so that they are able to attend Board, committee and panel meetings and other engagement opportunities in person when required.

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

  • strengthen governance and ensure effective succession planning;
  • improve GCSE outcomes at all academies;
  • deliver the trust's medium-term business plan, which runs from 2020/21 to 2022/23;
  • continue to embed a shared knowledge-based curriculum, across all subject areas, in all academies in the trust.

The trust also seeks to implement a growth strategy which maintains a balanced and viable portfolio, in addition to developing an innovative trust-wide post-16 offering.

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 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.

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