Exceed Acadmies Trust - Member role

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Bradford
Deadline date: 15th January 2021

Could you help to improve education in Bradford by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust? Exceed Academies 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 opportunity

Exceed Academies Trust serves communities with some of the highest levels of social and economic deprivation in the city of Bradford.

The trust has grown steadily following invitations by the DfE to take additional academies under its care. The trust currently has five primaries, one all-through school that caters for children from the ages of 4-16 and one alternative provision academy catering for children who struggle to cope with a normal mainstream school including those who are permanently excluded from a mainstream school. In September 2017, Exceed Academies Trust became responsible for a SCITT (School Centre for Initial Teaching Training).

The trust has potential to grow further in the future, offering further opportunities to incorporate additional schools into the trust. Its vision is to provide an outstanding school experience for all. The trust has a budget of around £23.7 million.

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?

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.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

A full trust specification is available here: File Exceed_Academies_Trust_MemberRole_Oct2020.docx

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.