The Mast Academy Trust

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Wakefield
  • Branding/Marketing
  • CEO/ General Management
  • CFO/Financial
  • Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 17th May 2019

The Mast Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors, with legal, finance and marketing skills, to join its board. The trust was established in December 2016 to build upon strong, existing partnerships around the pupils and families in its locality, through academy status. The four schools within the trust have now established strong relationships and over the next 12 - 24 months the trust will engage with other schools, with a target growth rate of up to two additional schools per annum. Board meetings are held at Scisset Middle School, Wakefield.

About the trust

The Mast Academy Trust was established in December 2016 to build upon strong, existing partnerships in its locality.

The trust currently comprises four ’Good’ and ’Outstanding’ schools across the 4-13 years age range; two middle schools (Kirkburton and Scissett) and two first schools (Shelley and Birdesedge), comprising around 1,400 pupils in mainstream education. Working strategically together, within its three tier pyramid of schools and with other services, the trust aims to transform provision and outcomes for its pupils and their families.

Alongside its improvement work in its current member academies, the trust plans to work actively with other schools and the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) to grow its family of academies. It anticipates this facilitating enhanced system-led improvements, opportunities for collaboration between leaders and staff within the organisation and better economies of scale as required in the challenging educational climate. Over time, Mast seeks to provide opportunities for schools to convert to academy status.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. To ensure the ongoing excellent educational outcomes of all the schools with a robust and sustainable school improvement model that benefits all current and future schools in the trust.
  2. To continue to embed effective governance so that the solid base already established by the trust can continue and capacity for improvement is ensured at local governing body (LGB) and trust level.
  3. To shape the trust in such a way that its collaborative culture can embrace other schools wishing to join. New schools joining the trust will have to be committed to its values of collaboration in order to ensure its continued success.

 

Trust Ethos & Values

The trust aims to support everyone to ‘be the change they wish to see in the world’, by recognizing and understanding the importance of helping individuals. The trust believes in ‘Care, Collaboration, Community’.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:
2

 

Roles 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Person Specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • CEO/General Management 

  • Branding/ Marketing 

  • CFO/ Finance 

  • Legal/Compliance

 
Desirable
  • Audit Committee Chair

  • Growth Management

  • Corporate Governance

The trust seeks up to two individuals, both of whom should possess a strong, general management skill set, demonstrated through experience in running an organisation of significant size, with responsibility for large budgets and workforce. In addition, the roles require specific experience and more importantly, relevant professional qualifications, in legal and/or finance. Willingness to work constructively and effectively with in accordance with the ‘Nolan Principles: Standards of Public Life’ is essential.

Time Commitment

Six hours per month (minimum)

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Scisset Middle School, Wakefield Road, Scissett, HD8 9JX

www.themast.co.uk

Governance Structure

http://www.themast.co.uk/index.php/2017-03-29-10-28-50/governance-structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools.  If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”  Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools.  You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to [email protected]. Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

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. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th May 2019