Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth Academy Trust (HISP Academy Trust)

South East England and South London | Hampshire
  • CFO/Financial
  • Change Management
  • Legal
Deadline date: 9th December 2020

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in the Southampton area?  Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth Academy Trust (HISP Academy Trust) seeks two non-executives/directors with legal or finance backgrounds, to join its board.

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 opportunity

HISP Academy Trust is a newly formed MAT with a secondary and two primary schools alongside a strong education improvement program that it delivers to the region. There is a strong drive for growth to deliver teaching excellence more widely.  The trust seeks two new trustees, one with an executive-level financial background who also holds an accountancy qualification and another with a legal background to assist with this growth and to drive school improvement whilst undergoing organisational change. The MAT is situated in the Southampton area and board meetings currently take place remotely but when safe to do so will be held at Thornden School, Eastleigh, Hants, SO5 32DW.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in:

  • CFO/Qualified Accountant/Finance Director or
  • Legal 

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

  1. Ensure that the multi-academy trust has a stable, capable and properly resourced structure which can drive growth and deliver at scale
  2. Construct and deliver a strong expansion plan for the MAT
  3. Maintain and improve the performance of the existing academies whilst undergoing expansion


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 (plus some interim growth project meetings). Input is estimated at 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 alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

What next?

Please submit your application by clicking on the register your interest button. A full trust specification is available PDF icon HISP Academy Trust Specification 2020.pdf

Key dates

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.