West Stafford Multi-Academy Trust (WSMAT) seeks a trustee with proven financial capability and experience to support its board and provide guidance and expertise as the trust seeks to grow. The trust is part of the Diocese of Lichfield however applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed. Trust board meetings are held at locations around Stafford.
About the trust
The trust currently comprises three village primary schools. Extra funding for students is relatively low and all primary schools are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. A fourth school is in the process of joining the trust.
The trustees are keen to deliver the best education offer for all the trust’s students by working collaboratively as a multi-academy trust (MAT), while celebrating the uniqueness and retaining the individual characteristics of every academy.
Plans for the Future
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
- To achieve financial viability
- To attract additional schools to the trust
- To increase the proportion of shared services across the trust.
The trust hopes to expand and attract additional schools and/or to attract other MATs to merge. Initially the trust hopes to grow as a primary-only MAT but plans to merge with other phases in the future. This will form part of the ongoing planning and strategy development of the trust.
Trust ethos & values
WSMAT’s values focus on personal development, curriculum design, high quality teaching and spiritual development. The trust aims to enable all children to be safe, confident, self-motivated and fully equipped for learning - now and throughout their future.
Number of Positions Advertised:
Role 1 – 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.
The competencies required for this role include:
- CFO/ Finance
- Audit Committee Chair
- Change Management
- Growth Management
- Non-executive/ trustee
The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant, with skills and experience from a senior position within a large organisation, able to provide guidance on financial probity in addition to scrutinising financial plans for sustainability and growth, and confident in offering challenge to the trust’s executive. Knowledge of strategic planning and experience in guiding a growing organisation would be beneficial to this role.
6 hours per month (minimum).
Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website
The board meets six times a year at different locations in and around Stafford town.
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.
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.
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, September 28, 2018