Stowe Valley Multi-Academy Trust

West Midlands | Southam | Warwickshire
  • CFO/Financial
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Risk
Deadline date: 26th January 2018

Stowe Valley Multi-Academy Trust (SVMAT) seeks three non-executive directors to join its board and support ambitious growth plans. Board meetings are held at Southam College, Warwickshire.

About the trust

Stowe Valley MAT was established in April 2017 with three schools. The trust will be expanding to seven schools in the next few months. Stowe Valley MAT is committed to improving education standards through partnerships across a mixed population ranging from a small rural primary school with relatively low levels of deprivation to an urban secondary with higher proportion of students facing socio-economic challenges.  

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Expansion from three to seven schools, with the expectation of four more primary schools joining the trust (three schools age range 4 - 11 with independent providers of Nursery on-site and one school for ages 3 - 11 with its own Nursery provision).
  2. Achieving an Ofsted grade of at least Requires Improvement for its secondary school (currently rated as Inadequate).
  3. Creating a robust and effective 'school to school' support/improvement system that enables all schools to improve their current standards.

The trust’s future strategy envisages increasing to between 12-15 schools over the next three to five years and for all schools to be rated at least Good and working towards being Outstanding. This will include increasing collaboration and sharing of resources, further developing its outstanding secondary school and adding a Primary Teaching School to its capacity.

Trust ethos & values

Stowe Valley MAT is committed to creating a culture that strongly reflects its values of partnership, inclusion, learning, leadership, enjoyment, responsibility, inspiration and integrity and which puts children and young people at the heart of everything it undertakes.

Role Summary
Number of Positions Advertised: 

3

Role 1-3: – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The trust seeks three engaged non-executive directors with experience of risk, finance or legal and compliance who are driven by the core functions of governance including commitment, confidence, curiosity, challenge, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Each trustee will be required to focus on raising standards and enabling students and staff to be the best they can be. The competencies required for each role are detailed below:

Essential
  • CFO/ Finance OR
  • Legal/ Compliance OR
  • Risk management
Desirable
  • Succession Planning
  • Growth Management
  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Corporate Governance
  • HR
Person specification

The trust seeks individuals able to challenge and support through a phase of active growth as it seeks to build capacity and develop an ambitious business plan.

  • Risk: The ideal candidate understands the principles of risk management including the development and review of robust risk management and internal control systems. He/she will have experience of identifying and prioritising organisational risks, their impact and appropriate countermeasures, contingencies and risk owners.
  • Finance: the trust welcomes candidates with detailed knowledge and experience of financial strategic planning.
  • Legal/ Compliance: ideally, applicants will have knowledge and understanding of the legal, regulatory requirements of good corporate governance.
 
Time commitment

Currently the board meets monthly but the trust has plans to move to 6 meetings a year as it implements a new committee structure.  8 hours a month.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Southam College, Welsh Road West, Southam, Warwickshire, CV470JW.

Information can be found online here, however the MAT website is not live yet. https://www.southamcollege.com/about/stowe-valley

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: Friday 26 January 2018