Interaction and Communication Academy Trust (ICAT) - Member role

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Kirklees | Huddersfield | Rotherham
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 29th January 2021

Could you help to improve education in Huddersfield by volunteering to become a Member at a multi-academy trust? 

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 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, recognizing 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 behavioral challenges. The team are skilled in blending the best possible educational and therapeutic practice. Their team approach ensures they work closely with families, carers and a wide multi-professional team to identify and meet all the needs of all the young people.

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.

Person specification

The board seeks a member 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 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.

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 on the gov.uk website.

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 send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through this website or directly to [email protected].

A full trust specification is available here: File Interaction and Communication AT_Full specification_2021.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.