Interaction and Communication Academy Trust (ICAT)

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Huddersfield
  • Branding/marketing
  • PR (Marketing and communications)
  • Turnaround
Deadline date: 28th May 2021

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Huddersfield? Interaction and Communication Academy Trust seeks one non-executive director/trustee to join its board.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at academy trusts 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

The ICAT specialises in meeting the educational needs of children and young people aged 3-19 with a range of learning difficulties. Whilst the trust is based at Castle Hill School in Huddersfield, the other schools are at High Park School in Bradford and Milton School in Rotherham.

The trust makes up a family of schools which are all judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, recognising the high-quality work with children and young people with a wide range of challenges.  Some of the children in the trust have highly complex needs ranging from physical disabilities through to autism and behavioural challenges. The team is skilled in blending the best possible educational and therapeutic practice.

ICAT constantly seeks to improve the life chances for the 350 children across the three academies in the trust.  It also values the skills of the 300+ team of staff and the trust manages an overall budget in the region of £9m.

The board seeks a business leader with expertise in:

  • Branding/Marketing and
  • Growth Management

Skills in data analysis and data interpretation would also be desirable.

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

  1. Refine and refocus the trust’s strategy for the future.
  2. Develop further capacity at all levels to increase the impact on children.
  3. Review governance at all levels within the trust.

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 Interaction and Communication AT_Full updated specification_Apr2021.docx

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