Oak Trees Multi Academy Trust

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Wirral
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Education Leadership
  • Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 22nd November 2019

OAK Trees Multi Academy Trust seeks to appoint two new non-executive director/trustees to its board. The trust welcomes interest from individuals with strong knowledge in the fields of building management/health and safety, and education, particularly in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Board meetings are held in the Bebington area of the Wirral.

About the trust

OAK Trees Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) originated with five schools, all of which received strong Ofsted assessments. The schools had worked together for a number of years prior to forming a multi-academy trust.

Two of the trust’s schools are situated in more affluent areas, while a further two are in average areas in terms of deprivation and one of the schools is in an area with high levels of deprivation.

The trust’s five academies all ‘convertor academies’ and the leadership is strong with the CEO being an ex-Ofsted inspector and the trust’s leader for school improvement being a current Ofsted inspector.  The Chair of the Trustees is also a National Leader of Governance.  The trust intends to apply to become a primary sponsor shortly, with a view to the trust growing gradually by adding more schools over time.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To ensure full compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook; including following up any issues from the last audit.
  2. Ensuring due diligence for new academies joining the trust.
  3. Ensure the trust is a place where people thrive with a focus on wellbeing as well as academic and personal progress and success.
  4. To grow the trust gradually and develop the School Improvement Team building further capacity for improvement.

 

Trust Ethos & Values

OAK Trust Multi Academy Trust’s mission is to:

  • Co-operate and collaborate
  • Achieve excellence for all
  • Raise aspirations and inspire imaginations
  • Explore new interests and new ideas.

More information on the MAT’s aims and values is available on the trust website: https://oaktreesmat.co.uk/mat-aims-and-values/

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 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 periods of change and potential growth as well as 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.

All trustees are expected to work constructively and effectively with all in accordance with the ‘Nolan Principles: Standards of Public Life’.

Role 1 –– focus on Education, particularly Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Understanding of education issues
  • Experience of working in the education sector
Desirable
  • Excellent understanding of SEND
Person Specification

This individual must possess the skills and experience needed to oversee plans related to educational practice and performance. The trust seeks a trustee to bring added challenge to help further improve the educational performance of the MAT’s academies.

The ideal candidate would have experience of support and challenge across two or more schools as an executive leader or already be working within a MAT. 

 

Role 2 - Trustee/Non-Executive Director  - focus on building management/health and safety

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Real estate/Property
  • Sound knowledge and experience in the field of health and safety
Desirable
  • Experience of health and safety or building management with schools
Person Specification

This individual must possess the skills and experience needed to oversee plans for school building development and maintenance. The trust seeks a trustee with the drive to help the trust estate be well maintained for all staff and pupils.

Experience in management at senior level is desired.

Time Commitment

The trust Board meets 6-7 times per year and meetings are managed efficiently starting at 6.15pm and run for approximately 90 minutes.  The trust has one regular sub-committee which not all trustees are required to attend.  However, there are occasionally other meetings (e.g. pay and performance, which meet once a year which interested trustees may also wish to attend.  It is expected that trustees will need to devote 4-6 hours per month (on average).

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Stanton Road Primary School, Stanton Road, Bebington, CH63 3HW.

www.oaktreesmat.co.uk

Governance Structure

https://oaktreesmat.co.uk/governance-structure-board-roles/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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.

“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 (2019)

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 22nd November 2019