The Chelmsford Learning Partnership - Member role

East of England and North East London | Chelmsford
  • Audit
  • Legal
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Succession Planning
Deadline date: 1st March 2021

Could you help to improve education in Chelmsford by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  The Chelmsford Learning Partnership seeks one new member with experience in the audit and legal sectors to join their board.

Members provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees to ensure suitable accountability for decision making and strategy. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop, they face significant challenges. This role enables professionals to use skills and experience gained throughout their career to help trusts across England and improve the life chances of young people. All roles are pro bono.

The opportunity

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership was established in 2012 and grew out of The Boswells School which converted to academy status. The trust expanded rapidly in 2018 when five schools joined and the trust opened its first brand-new school, The Beaulieu Park School as part of the free schools programme.  Despite the challenges of the Corona virus, the trust opened its second new school, Lakelands Primary on time and the first cohort of children are settled into the new building and looking forward to growing next year as the children move up a year and more new children join.  

The trust’s vision for their schools is a simple one. They believe that, as a collective of schools, they are stronger together and that by working together they aspire to provide an outstanding education for every child.

 The trust’s ethos is centred on keep each school’s individual identity and ensuring all schools operate with their own headteachers, leadership teams, staff and Local Governing Bodies; each with a degree of earned autonomy and ethos that makes each school in the trust unique. 

Person specification

The board seeks one member with previous experience in

  • Audit or
  • Legal or
  • Succession Planning

Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of the non-executive director role. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

What’s involved?

Members have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. They provide high-level oversight and scrutiny of the work of the trust board.

Most notably, members:

  • define the trust’s charitable object and governance structure;
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members will typically meet once per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

Further information on the member role at a multi-academy trust is available on the gov.uk website. 

Successful candidates will join a network of Ambassadors: experienced business leaders and professionals who have been appointed to board roles through the Academy Ambassadors Programme. All Ambassadors gain access to resources, guidance, networking events, our annual flagship conference, as well as webinars.

What next?

Please send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to [email protected]  

A full trust specification is available below. 

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.