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Eynsham Partnership Academy (EPA) seeks new Trustee/NED with legal background

Eynsham Partnership Academy (EPA) seeks new Trustee/NED with legal background

Closing Date
4 April 2019
Location
Eynsham, Oxfordshire
Time Commitment
8 hours per month

Eynsham Partnership seeks two new Trustees/Non-Executive Directors. One with estates/property management experience and another with a legal background with executive-level experience. The trust has developed a very strong partnership built on mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other. The schools are all committed to meeting the needs of all students. Board meetings are held at Witney Road, Eynsham, OX29 4AP.

 

About the trust

The Enysham Partnership Academy was formed in 2014 with one secondary school and 6 primary schools from an existing partnership in the local area surrounding Eynsham in West Oxfordshire. The Eynsham Partnership academy was the first multi-academy trust nationally that comprised of a community secondary and primary school, and voluntary aided and voluntary controlled church schools.

 

The Trust currently comprises Bartholomew School, Eynsham Community Primary School, Standlake CE Primary School, Stanton Harcourt CE Primary School, Hanborough Manor CE School, Freeland CE Primary School and St Peter’s CE Primary, Cassington.

 

The purpose of the Trust is to maintain good and outstanding schools, and to ensure the rapid improvement of schools, which need support now (and in the future); also to act as a vehicle for enabling the sharing of best practice and the economies of scale to be achieved across the group of academies.

 

Plans for the future

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

  1. School Improvement: To support the continued development of all schools in the trust, especially the rapid improvement of Enysham Community Primary School, rated Requires Improvement by Ofsted in May 2017.
  2. Governance: To develop the newly established central team (HR, Finance and Payroll) and to ensure the trust has a high performing Trust Board.
  3. Vision and Values: To review the EPAs vision and values statement.

Re-structuring of the Trust Board is currently underway following an external review (as a result of a decision not to merge with another multi academy trust). This has resulted in some vacancies on the Board.

 

Trust ethos & values

The trust aims for all members of its community to be beacons of excellence: looking inwards rigorous in their self-evaluation; looking outwards – learning from the best; and looking forwards exploring new possibilities. http://www.epa-mat.org/welcome/

 

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

 

Roles 1-2 – 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.

 

Person specification 1

The trust seeks a candidate with a strong portfolio of estates/facilities management, preferably within an educational setting. As an experienced business leader and strategic planner, the successful applicant will have the ability and determination to adapt and transfer their experience to an educational setting. They will have a willingness to devote time, an understanding of the legal duties and liabilities of trusteeship and the ability to challenge, evaluate and interpret information. All trustees are expected to play a strategic role in successfully effecting change and will be expected to sit on at least one of the three Committees: Standards, Finance and Resources and Audit.

 

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

–       Real estate/Property

–       Community Engagement

Desirable

–       Non-executive/Trustee

 

 

Time commitment

8 hours per month minimum, including Committee meetings.

 

Person specification 2

 

The successful applicant will have significant experience within the legal sector, with demonstrable knowledge of employment law and the ability to make informed decisions and carry out due diligence. They will have a willingness to devote time, an understanding of the legal duties and liabilities of trusteeship and the ability to challenge, evaluate and interpret information. All trustees are expected to play a strategic role in successfully effecting change.

 

The competencies required for this role include:

 

Essential

–       Legal/compliance

 

Desirable

–       Change Management

–       CEO/General Management

 

Time commitment

8 hours per month minimum, including Committee meetings.

 

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Witney Road, Eynsham, OX29 4AP. Trust website: http://www.epa-mat.org/

 

Governance structure

For more information, please see: http://www.epa-mat.org/topic/governance

 

 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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 academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. 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: 4th April