The Rowan Learning Trust - Member Role

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Wigan
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 26th February 2021

Could you help to improve education in Wigan by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  The Rowan Learning Trust seeks a new member.

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 opportunity

The Rowan Learning Trust was established by the governing body and leadership team of Hawkley Hall High School, following successful school-to-school support over a number of years and across a large number of schools in the Greater Manchester area and further afield.

The trust was approved (by the DfE) to take-on Prestwich Arts College which was judged as inadequate in May last year.  The academy officially transferred to the trust in spring this year and The Rowan Learning Trust team are working closely with the staff and students.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with board level experience in

  • Corporate/Charity roles, 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 are required to attend around two meetings each year, including the AGM. 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 register your interest now to be considered for the role. 

A full trust specification is available here: File The Rowan Learning Trust_full member role specification_2021.docx

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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