- Committee member
- Corporate Governance
The Denbigh Alliance seeks a chair to join the board and provide the strategic leadership and governance for the trust.
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 Denbigh Alliance is currently consists of two schools. Denbigh School is well-established and also hosts a Teaching School, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) a Maths Hub and a Computing Hub and thus provides outreach and support to a number of schools across the area. In recent months the Executive Team have worked hard to open a brand new school, Watling Academy, which welcomed its first intake to temporary accommodation in September 2020 and will move to its permanent home in a brand new building when completed in Spring 2021.
Denbigh School is recognised by Ofsted as ‘good’ and consistently outperforms the Milton Keynes and national averages in terms of the results that students achieve. The school benefited from new accommodation, built under a Government funded scheme to increase capacity and accommodate more students from the local area. Denbigh School was one of the first in the country to be awarded Teaching School status which allows them to lead teacher training, research and development and provide school to school support across Milton Keynes.
The board seeks a business leader with expertise in
- Demonstrable committee chairing skills
- Non-executive/trustee experience
- Corporate governance experience
- Ability to support governance restructuring and to develop organisational capacity to grow sustainably
As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:
- Sustainable and manageable Trust growth
- Ensure a firm foundation for the brand-new Watling Academy and ensure a smooth transfer to its permanent location, supporting its growth to full capacity of 1800 students
- Review and Renew our Governance arrangements
- Recruit and retain skilled trustees to support and challenge the Board and the Executive Team.
The Chair leads the board of non-executive directors, or trustees, managing its business while providing an element of leadership for the organisation as a whole. The role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team, most specifically the CEO. The Chair needs to ensure that the board is able to deal with problems and related proposals professionally, both in terms of the skills of the trustees and the way in which it conducts its business. S/he will have a key role to play in recruiting and inducting new trustees.
The Chair also provides strategic leadership and governance for the trust. They are responsible for the safeguarding and education of pupils, as well as for setting and monitoring performance benchmarks.
The successful applicant will have a track record of successful Chair/CEO experience. They will have strong inter-personal skills, with an adaptive approach and strategic mind-set. Additionally, they will be committed to the trust’s ethos and values. This means having the willingness to devote time and effort to create positive change for pupils.
As Chair, they will compliantly budget and monitor expenditure, in line with legal obligations. They will strategise for asset management and risk management, and will develop productive and supportive professional relationships with the board and CEO.
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.
Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.
Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.
A full trust specification is available here: