Ethos Academy Trust - Member Role

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Huddersfield
  • Corporate Governance
  • Education Sector
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 18th September 2020

Could you help to improve education in Kirklees by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Ethos Academy Trust seeks a new member.

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 trust

Ethos Academy Trust specialises in assessing, supporting and meeting the needs of children with wide ranging social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties; these young people sometimes find it difficult to work in ordinary mainstream schools.

The trust officially launched in September 2018 with three existing Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) all based within Kirklees. The three units have a strong and longstanding track record of providing high-quality support to children and schools across both primary and secondary sectors. The majority of pupils return successfully to mainstream schools following their support or placement.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with previous experience in

Corporate/Charity Governance, or
Non-executive/ Trustee roles

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 select 'Register interest' to apply.

A full trust specification is available here: File EthosAcademyTrust_FINAL_AugMembers.docx.

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.