Learning Accord Multi Academy Trust

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Huddersfield
  • Branding/marketing
  • Finance
Deadline date: 21st May 2021

This is an opportunity to contribute to the community within Huddersfield by becoming an Academy Ambassador? Learning Accord Multi Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors/trustees to join its board. Board meetings are held at HD8 9DZ when safe to do so.

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 trust was established in March 2017; it comprises six primary academies half of which are Church of England schools and the other half being community schools, but all accept children of all faiths or no faith.  All the academies are within the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire.

The academies within the trust serve semi-rural communities with children from diverse backgrounds. The trust works closely with the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and Learning Accord Multi Academy Trust is an inclusive trust that welcomes both Church schools and community schools. Learning Accord is focused on partnership, collaboration and preservation of distinctive character.

There are currently six academies within the trust, with over 920 pupils and over 120 staff. The trust’s budget is c.£5.5m per annum.

The board seeks two business leaders with board-level experience in:

  • CFO/ Finance/ Audit

  • Accountancy OR

  • Branding/Marketing/Comms

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

  1. To embed the trust's vision, mission and values, as outlined in its Business Plan 2020-2023  (available at this web page). The plan is comprehensive, wide-ranging and focuses on enhancing governance, school improvement, standards and effectiveness, financial management, business efficiencies and effectiveness and strengthening information communication technologies.

  2. Managing the growth of the multi academy trust, including growing its central team as the trust expands so that it can provide a greater level of leadership, governance and support.

  3. Ensuring high standards of attainment and progress for all pupils within the trust. This is particularly important in the context of the disruption for pupils at the time of the global pandemic.

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. At Learning According MAT, board meetings are generally on Tuesdays and start around 6pm and run for up to two hours.  The trust also has sub-committees for Audit, Finance, Education Standards and a Pay/Performance sub- committee that each meet three times a year.  This translates to an overall time commitment of around 6-8 hours 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.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.  

A full role specification is available here: PDF icon Learning Accord MAT_Full role specification_2021.pdf

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