Watford, Hertfordshire
0.00 - Voluntary
Voluntary, Please see 'Time Commitment' in description for details
Job description

We are looking to appoint a non-executive director with strong commercial business experience. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced business or charity leader who looking to further develop leadership and governance skills

The Inclusive Multi Academy Trust was formed in November 2016 and is currently made up of three schools: Beechfield School, Cherry Tree School and Laurance Haines School. Our trust name ‘inclusive’ originates from the driving belief that many different types of people form our community and every single one of them should be treated fairly and equally so that they and their families can access a great education.


What will you be doing?

Trustees work together to carry out their core functions:

  • ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
  • ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard
  • making a strategic difference to the lives of children

Trustees are responsible for governing a charitable company and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must also ensure that the trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements. Trustees should seek the advice of the board’s governance professional and other professional advice as appropriate.


What are we looking for?

Every Trustee is expected to abide by the Trusts Code of Conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. The Board considers the following as essential skills and attributes for membership of the Board:

  • commitment to the ethos and values of the Inclusive Multi Academy trust
  • commitment to the education and welfare of children and young people
  • commitment to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity
  • independence of thought and sound judgment
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • commitment to seeking and taking account of the views of stakeholders (eg parents and pupils)
  • respect for the work and views of other trustees and staff
  • willingness to devote time, enthusiasm and effort to the duties and responsibilities of a trustee
  • willingness to make and stand by collective decisions, even if s/he is offered an alternative view during discussions

Aptitude and skills:

  • understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • ability to challenge current thinking, the method of governance and management of the Trust in a constructive manner and in the best interests of the Trust
  • ability to evaluate and interpret management information and other data/evidence
  • ability to play a strategic role to successfully effect change and meet the objectives of the Trust
  • eagerness to reflect and learn, even in the role of trustee view during discussions

Desirable Knowledge/experience

  • Specific professional knowledge and experience in at least one of the following:
  • charity law and governance
  • educational leadership experience
  • financial expertise expertise of school education in England
  • data analysis and/or research expertise
  • change management
  • monitoring and evaluating performance in the commercial and/or not for profit sectors
  • recruitment and human resources expertise, including employment
  • legislation business development experience/expertise
  • risk management experience/expertise
  • property and estate management
  • marketing, media and PR


What's in it for the volunteer?

Being a trustee gives you the opportunity to:

  • Provide support to an organisation that is making a real difference to children and their community
  • Contribute your skills and expertise to a cause that is important to you
  • Play a fundamental role in the strategic development of the organisation
  • Gain valuable experience and learn new skills within a leadership role
  • Gain non-executive board experience
  • Learn from other trustees and gain new insights from seeing how others respond to situations and make decisions


Time commitment         

Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. We have 4 Board meetings a year and a comparable number of committee meetings.


How to apply

Applications are via the Reach platform.

Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

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Refreshed on: 21 October 2021
Closed date: 12 November 2021
Job ref: J75702
Tags: Trustees, Governance

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