Impact Education Multi Academy Trust - Member Role

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

Could you help to improve education in Huddersfield by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Impact Education Multi Academy Trust seeks two new members.

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

Impact Education Multi Academy Trust was founded by The Halifax Academy and is a values driven organisation with a belief that working collaboratively and sharing ideas can achieve real impact on the education and life chances of young people.

The trust serves a broad spectrum of children and families across five academies. The trust also has two more schools with clear plans to join the trust.  The addition of a primary and a secondary should be complete before Christmas and will mean the trust has doubled in size in the space of 18 months.  Once the new schools join the trust will serve 3700 children with around 600 staff and manage a budget of around £26 million.

Person specification

The board seeks two members with previous experience in

  • Corporate 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 are key players in overseeing the work of the trust and are generally deemed ‘eyes on but hands-off’.

Most notably, members:

  • are the subscribers to the memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint new members or remove existing members
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • have power to change the company name and dissolve the academy trust if required.

Members are usually asked to attend a minimum of ONE but possibly up to THREE meetings a year to gain an understanding of the trust’s work and the board’s oversight. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month. The meetings would include the annual general meeting.

Further information on the member role at a multi-academy trust is available in the Academies Financial Handbook.

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 in this position' to apply.

A role specification is available here: File Impact Education Multi Academy Trust_Member Role_August2020.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.