Board Trustee – PACE Academy Trust (EdNED PAT)

South East England and South London | Coulsdon | Mitcham | Croydon
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Education (Primary)
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Sector
Deadline date: 12th March 2021

EdNED: Executive education leaders for non-executive director roles (NED)

PACE Academy Trust in Coulsdon seeks one trustee with primary education leadership experience to join its board. Board meetings are held at CR5 3BW when safe to do so.

As trusts develop and mature many boards seek to strengthen their diversity of perspectives by appointing trustees from a wide range of backgrounds including from business and the professions including education.

EdNEDs are senior executive leaders in education who bring expertise to academy trust boards from working across multiple schools and/or trusts within a community, region or nationally. This is an opportunity to have positive influence beyond your current scope and pass on valuable experience more widely.

An EdNED trustee role is rewarding because of the chance to experience new contexts, apply insights in different capacities, develop personal leadership skills and competencies and gain exposure to new perspectives and alternative practice.

The opportunity

Formed in 2013, PACE Academy Trust is a values led trust currently composed of five primary schools but aiming to grow within the next few years. The trust provides an education for a total of 1,732 pupils, 280 employees and operates with a budget of £9.3 million. The trust serves a diverse a cohort. Across the schools, the proportion of children in receipt of free school meals ranges between 10-34%. One of the schools was rated Required Improvement by Ofsted before joining the trust and has not been inspected since, three were rated as Good at their last inspection, and the founding academy Chipstead Valley remains rated Outstanding.

The board is particularly interested in hearing from applicants who bring experience in:

  • Primary education leadership

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

  • Covid-19 response - ensuring the safe and effective operation of the schools during the pandemic, including managing the wellbeing of staff during this period of intense pressure
  • CEO succession - the trust board is in the early stages of recruiting a successor to lead the executive team
  • Growth – the trust board aims to grow to 7 schools in the next few years to expand the ability to learn through collaborative learning and sharing of best practice

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. 

Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2

All roles are voluntary pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will join a network of Ambassadors who have been appointed to board roles through the Academy Ambassadors Programme.

All Ambassadors gain access to resources, guidance, networking events and conferences, attended by senior Ministers and board leaders from trusts across England.

What next?

Please register your interest for the role.

A full trust specification is available here: PDF icon PACE Academy Full Trust Specification Jan 2021.pdf

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications.

Once appointed, you will have the opportunity to support the full array of strategic governance priorities.