St Bart's Multi Academy Trust

West Midlands | Stoke-on-Trent
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Property/Estate management
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
Deadline date: 28th February 2018

St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust is steadily growing in Stoke-on-Trent and the local regional area and now seek an experienced HR and non-executive professional to join the board as the chair of HR and a non-executive professional with either property and estates or legal experience. Board meetings are held in Stoke-on-Trent. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed. 

About the trust

The St. Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust (SBMAT) was officially formed in 2013, with the simultaneous opening of Cranberry Academy and St. Michael’s Community Academy. The trust has since expanded to 12 primary academies across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East, with another four primary schools joining in the 2017/2018 academic year, as well as plans to open three annex classes for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Most schools serve areas of significant deprivation and SBMAT will become the employer of 800 staff, with over 5000 pupils, creating opportunities for staff experience and expertise to be shared between schools. These opportunities are underpinned by a successful Teaching School programme of professional development.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Development of the capacity of the Central Team, including finance to cope with the expansion.
  2. Ensuring all academies are achieving at least good outcomes for all pupils.
  3. Succession planning.

The trust plans to expand to 20 schools by the end of the academic year 2018.

Trust ethos & values

SBMAT is committed to improving the life chances of all children. This moral obligation does not end at the school gates, where SBMAT has the capacity to make a difference, it is morally bound to do so.

Role Summary
Number of Positions Advertised:

2

Role 1 – Chair of Human Resources

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 requires an experienced HR non-executive director who can support the expansion of the trust and the executive team in the management of HR risk. The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • HR
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
Desirable
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Succession Planning
Person specification

Provide strategic leadership, direction with a background in Human Resources, including the administration of personnel matters for staff, recruitment, contracts of employment, conditions of service, insurances, legal and other advisers, discipline and grievance matters, and making recommendations to the CEO and trust board as appropriate.

Role 2 – Non-executive director, Property and estates/Legal

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 requires an experienced non-executive director who can support the expansion of the trust and the executive team in the management of estates, or with a legal background. The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Legal OR
  • Property/estates
Desirable
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Succession Planning
Person specification

Provide strategic leadership and direction as a board member with a background in property and estates management or with legal training and experience, making recommendations to the CEO and trust board as appropriate.

Time commitment

5 hour /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

http://sbmat.org

Board meetings will be held in the schools of the trust which are all within 30mins of Stoke-on-Trent.

Governance Structure

http://sbmat.org/governance/documents/

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: Wednesday 28 February 2018