Inspire Partnership - Academy Trust Board Member Role

South East England and South London | Greenwich/ Medway
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 18th September 2020

Could you help to improve education in Greenwich by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Inspire Partnership 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

The Inspire Partnership became a multi-academy trust in 2017 and is formed of five primary schools serving communities in Greenwich and Medway. The trust is led by passionate senior leaders and supported by a small central team. The trust has developed a history of delivering transformational change in some of the most challenged communities by developing an innovative approach to school improvement through partnership and collaboration.  The trust has a global curriculum which connects knowledge with application, reasoning and critical thinking that enable pupils to make a difference in an increasingly complex world. Meetings are held in Foxfield Primary School, London SE18 7EX.

Person specification

The board seeks two members with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles or
  • Audit

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.


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

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 Inspire Partnership Member-Recruitment-Tool-Kit.pdf

Information about the trust can be found here:

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