The Rivers CofE Academy Trust

West Midlands | Droitwich
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Chair
  • Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 7th September 2018

The Rivers CofE Academy Trust is seeking to recruit two trustees, bringing strong experience from strategic leadership roles to the board as it aims to achieve its five-year expansion plan target. Board meetings are held at School Lane, Droitwich. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed.

About the trust

The Rivers CofE Academy Trust is a group of 'Good' and 'Outstanding' primary/first schools spread across Worcestershire, all varying in size, economic, social backgrounds and religion. The trust is growing strategically and will open a new free school in due course. This is an exciting time for exceptional candidates to join the trust and be part of ensuring success.

All of the schools within the trust share the same vision, to ensure that each and every child leaves school having fulfilled their maximum potential, and ready for the next stage of their learning.

As the trust grows, it seeks to remain a high striving organisation and believes that it is important that children are able to access high-quality local learning.

The schools in the trust range in size from around 100 children to 700 per school. An additional 'sponsored' school is expected to join the trust and the board is currently looking at other schools, within the growth strategy conditions.

Plans for the Future

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

  • Building on achievements in the trust’s schools, with year-on-year improved progress for pupils of all abilities across the trust.
  • Continuing improvements to governance across the trust, ensuring that the scheme of delegation is clear and correct and that training and support programme for governors is regularly updated.
  • Supporting all senior leaders and ensure that a strong CPD planning schedule is in place for middle leaders and potential executive team members, in order to support the growing needs of the trust.
  • Successfully opening a free school.

The trust aims to create a network of outstanding schools that thrive through collaboration and interaction; the aim is for the trust to have between 10 and 15 schools over a five-year expansion plan.

Trust Ethos & Values

The Rivers C of E Academy Trust vision is encapsulated in the words 'love, learn, live'. In reaching this goal, its family of schools love, learn and live together, guided by strong beliefs, moral purpose and faith. The trust’s full vision and values can be found at http://www.riverscofe.co.uk/values-and-vision/

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 
2

Role 1&2 – Non-executive / trustee

The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.  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.

 

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)

  • Chair AND
  • CEO/ General Management OR
  • Real Estate/ Property

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Business Management

Person specification

Chair/ General Management: The trust seeks a non-executive director with experience of corporate governance and leadership to lead the main board. The successful candidate should be able to bring the skills, knowledge and expertise to help support and challenge the work of the trust. The board’s purpose is to provide confident leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Experience from a Chair and/or CEO role would be highly sought in this role.
 

Real Estate / Property: The ideal candidate for this role will have experience of asset management within a property portfolio, or estate/ facilities management expertise. Knowledge of up to date health and safety legislation, ideally with National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) certification would be a distinct advantage.

 
Time Commitment

4 hours per month / 5 meetings a year; additional visits and training c.10 hours per year

Location of Board Meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at School Lane, Cutnall Green, Droitwich, WR9 0PH

Trust website - www.riverscofe.co.uk

Governance Structure

http://www.riverscofe.co.uk/governance-structure/

Background on Academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 28% 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 726 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.

“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, July 13