Inclusive Education Trust (IET) - Academy Trust Board Member Role

South East England and South London | Surrey
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 12th March 2021

Could you help to improve education in Surrey by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Inclusive Education Trust seeks a new member to join its board.

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

Inclusive Education Trust will be comprised of one primary school and two 5-16 schools in Surrey with a combined budget of £3.2 million. All three schools are Ofsted rated Outstanding. All students have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and have been or at risk of exclusion from mainstream school and circa 50% of pupils in the trust’s schools are Free School Meal recipients. The trust will be led by a National Leader of Education with a focus on staff CPD alongside delivering purpose driven curriculum and maintaining the Ofsted Outstanding judgements. This is an exciting opportunity to join the trust at this early stage and make a huge impact to the students and communities the trust serves.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with previous experience in:

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles or
  • CFO/Finance/Accountant

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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2

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.

Member Structure

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 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/788234/governance_handbook_2019.pdf

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 register your interest now to be considered for the role and to have a discussion with one of our team.

More information about the role can be found here:  PDF icon Inclusive Education Full Trust specification Feb 2021.pdf

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