Laisterdyke, West Yorkshire
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Member - Nurture Academies Trust

Member role

Could you help to improve education in Bradford by volunteering to become a member at a multi-academy trust?  Nurture Academies 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 trust

Across the six academies in the trust, Nurture Academies Trust provides for around 2,593 pupils. It employs over 465 staff and has a budget of almost £13.8m.

55.3% of the children within the trust are recorded as having English as an additional language.

The trust has an average population of 26.9% of children entitled to free School meals. The average population of children who have been entitled to free school meals at any point within the last six years is 30.3%.

Person specification

The board seeks a new member with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, 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 will typically meet once per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

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 send a copy of your CV and details of your location to us, either through to our website.

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Refreshed on: 17 September 2020
Closing date: 01 November 2020
Tags: Governance
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