Feb 232018
 

Non-Executive Director x 2, Member - Dormers Wells Learning Trust (DWLT)

North West London and South Central England | Southall | Ealing
CFO/Financial Growth Management Human Resources Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 9th March 2018

Dormers Wells Learning Trust (DWLT) is a newly formed trust in Southall, Ealing. The trust seeks one members and two non-executive directors to support the trust’s plans to grow in a diverse community with high levels of deprivation. Board meetings are held in Southall, West London.

About the trust

Dormers Wells Learning Trust (DWLT) is a small trust in Southall, Ealing currently made up of two schools: Dormers Wells High School and Dormers Wells Junior School. The trust serves a diverse community where approximately 70% of the school population have learnt English as an additional language (EAL) with over 30 languages spoken across the community, and where approximately one-third of pupils live in areas with high levels of deprivation. The trust also provides for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities with the most common needs being cognitive and learning as well as social and emotional needs. DWLT strives to support all groups of pupils to overcome barriers and achieve success.

DWLT intends to grow in a measured and sustainable manner. Initially, the trust has capacity to support one primary school, and through that will build up the expertise and capacity to support others as that primary improves. DWLT anticipates being able to sponsor a new school approximately every 18 months so that each school can be secure before another school joins (this timescale may reduce as the trust grows and current successful schools join who would boost the pool of expertise and the capacity of the trust). The trust envisages containing approximately six schools by 2020 with all DWLT schools being easily accessible to each other in order to maximise the opportunities for collaboration and support.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Managing the finances of both schools and planning for future growth of the trust.
  2. Recruitment of pupils and teachers.
  3. Developing the strategy and guidance to support the planned growth of the trust.

Trust ethos & values

The Dormers Wells Learning Trust knows that all children can succeed. Every school will have the highest expectations for the wellbeing, progress and achievement of all its learners, reducing the achievement gaps between groups of children and their peers and for improving the performance of each school.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Role 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The Board of Trustees is accountable for the performance of the Trust. The role of the Trustee is to set strategy and hold the Executive Headteacher to account for delivery of that strategy and performance (including compliance).

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)

  • HR OR
  • Legal OR
  • Finance OR
  • Growth management

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • CEO/ General Management
  • IT/ Technology
  • Non-executive/ Trustee Change Management
  • Restructuring
  • Growth management

Person specification

The ideal candidates will have strong strategic or change management background with the ability to provide direction and oversight of the trust’s relationships. Candidates are particularly welcomed with a background in business growth, with an understanding of the risks and challenges facing organisations seeking to grow sustainably. The candidates will also need to commit to the vision, values and objectives of the trust, possess strong communication skills, an ability to evaluate, and develop specific knowledge and understanding of the trust and community.

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Roles 3 – Member

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Dormers Wells Learning Trust, the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Chair
  • IT/ Technology

Desirable

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • HR
  • IT/ Technology
  • Legal/ Compliance

Person specification

Candidates should have an ability to develop an objective view of the trust’s financial and corporate health and form a strategy to support the long-term vision of the trust.

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

www.dwhs.co.uk

Board meetings are held at Dormers Wells High School, Dormers Wells Lane, Southall, UB1 3HZ.

Governance Structure

http://www.dwhs.co.uk/Governance

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 72% of secondary schools and 27% 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 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: Friday 9 March 2018

Feb 232018
 

Non-Executive Director x 2 - The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT)

South West England | Weston Super Mare
Change Management Corporate Governance Growth Management Human Resources Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 9th March 2018

The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) is seeking up to two non-executive directors with expertise in HR/Organisation design, or legal skills and with experience of growth and/or change management to join this growing trust. Board meetings are held in Weston super Mare (BS22 6BP).

About the trust

The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which supports primary and secondary schools in the North Somerset area of the South West of England. The trust started in August 2016 and currently comprises of two secondary schools:

  • Priory Community School (PCSA) is an Academy in Worle, a suburb of Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset. Students are aged 11 to 16. OfSTED rated Priory 'outstanding' in all categories in November 2014. Currently, there are 1,275 students on roll. First choice applications went up by 9% for 2018 entry with a new PAN set at 1,500.
  • Worle Community School is a coeducational foundation secondary school located in Worle, a suburb of Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset for ages 11 to 16. There are currently 1,490 students at the school. First choice applications went up by 14% for the 2018 entry.

Two primary schools in Weston-super-Mare that have close connections with the existing secondary schools and intend to join the trust in April 2018. This will bring the trust up to around 3800 students with an annual revenue of c. £16.6m and 529 staff.

There are plans for a further secondary school (11-19) and a further primary school to join the rust in the next academic year (October 2018). This will bring the number of students up to around 5,000. Further conversations with other potential schools that may explore joining TPLT are also taking place, and there may be opportunities to explore mergers with other trusts locally.

Plans for the Future

With fast moving plans for growth – the need for capacity is everything in academy trusts. The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Managing effective growth: The trust will need to consider developing and or bringing in additional leaders and school improvement capacity, developing trust services and ‘scaling up’. This will also require re-educating staff at all levels from ‘school’ level thinking to trust/multi-school thinking, attracting other ‘good’ schools to join the trust to support capacity development. The trust will also review the governance and wider trust operations, this may well also include opportunities to develop a hub model as the growth plans move forward.
  2. Improvement: TPLT has ‘turned around’ one school that was in ‘Special Measures’ with a 14% improvement in the ‘basics’ outcome this year. They are two schools joining the trust where educational standards need to be addressed and must ensure the outstanding school remains highly effective.
  3. Succession: The trust have had good outcomes by ‘growing its own’ but need to consider succession planning further and avoid relying on key figures. They have a Teaching School Alliance. In 2018-19 they will have 33 School Direct places.

Trust Ethos & Values

"STUDENTS FIRST" underpins all TPLT does. Its’ mission is to develop happy, confident and successful young people. It focuses on respect for each other, fair access and opportunity, maximizing potential for students and staff. Please see http://www.priorylearningtrust.org.uk/our-values.php for more information.

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. Trustees are decision makers and are responsible for advising and holding the Executive Principal and COO to account.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • HR / Organisation Development OR
  • Legal / Compliance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Desirable

  • Chair
  • IT/Technology
  • Risk
  • Estates planning / H&S

Person specification

This is an exciting and dynamic time for the trust. TPLT welcomes applicants with experience of operating at scale from the commercial, charity and public sectors (rather than education) world that can support the trust as it grows. The Priory Learning Trust is seeking candidates with strategic planning skills, who have the ability to take on large amounts of data and quickly cut to the key issues.

  • For the HR/OD experienced skill set – candidates should have experience of managing teams of employees, experience of change management and growth management.
  • For the Legal experienced skill set – candidates should be able to advise and guide the trust on all matters of compliance.

The trust would also welcome candidates with knowledge of safeguarding. There will be opportunities for successful candidates to explore succession planning towards the Chair of trustee role, as well as for leading the trust board in particular areas of focus – such as strategic estate planning to support growth, or possible future board committee chair roles.

Successful candidates are not required to be practicing Christians or to attend church regularly but, in light of the trust’s plans to include Church schools within the trust, all Directors are required to support the Christian ethos of Church schools. The trust would also be interested in meeting candidates who may meet the Foundation Trustee criteria.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Priory Community School, Queensway, Worle, Weston super Mare BS22 6BP

Please find out more at the trust’s website: http://www.priorylearningtrust.org.uk/

Governance Structure

The current structure of governance is available on the website: http://www.priorylearningtrust.org.uk/members.php.

The trust board currently meets formally 3 times per year and additionally as required for ‘special’ requirements, such as the due diligence review of a school proposing to join the trust. There is one Resources (Finance and Estates) committee of the main board and a Pay and Remuneration sub-committee. Going forward the governance model is being reviewed to both adjust its model to enable it to support Church schools that will join the trust, and to ensure its continued effectiveness as the trust grows.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 72% of secondary schools and 27% 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 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: Friday 9th March 2018

Interviews: following shortlisting, interviews are likely to be held in mid-late April

Feb 232018
 

Chair - One Housing

Recruiter: One Housing
Location: London
Salary: Remunerated
Posted: 05 Feb 2018
Closes: 02 Mar 2018
Ref: GSe36854
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Operations, Sales, Strategy
Sector: Property
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English

One Housing is at the forefront of tackling England’s housing crisis. Everyone agrees we need to build more new homes. We are determined to play our part and we are focused on our aim of building more new homes to meet the widest possible range of needs from first time buyers to older people who need support and care. Across London and the South East we are developing over 2,500 new homes with plans for many more.

This is a very exciting time to be joining One Housing, we are long term investors building for the future and we strive to provide a first-class service to our thousands of customers and residents. We’ve set up our own maintenance company and are investing around £25m a year to improve our properties, both for the benefit of residents and to protect our assets (with a current vacant value of around £4bn). We place value for money at the heart of the way we operate, helping to improve affordability for all our residents. Our forward thinking and emphasis on quality, individuality and choice, are what continue to drive us today.

We are looking for a new Chair who can bring a blend of professional and strategic skills to lead our Board. We are particularly interested in attracting individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience as well as a passion for working at Board level within a sector with a strong purpose.

If you are passionate about our mission, share our ambition and can bring a strong commercial outlook to our Board then please visit our website or for an informal confidential discussion, please contact our advisers Simon Wing on 020 7426 3976 or Mark Turner 020 7426 3983.

Closing date: 2nd March 2018

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact

The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Contact: Simon Wing Telephone: 020 7426 3976

non-executive director

Feb 222018
 

Trustee (IT / Web Development / Finance / Accountancy)

Recruiter: EasyWeb NFP
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Non-remunerated posts, but all reasonable expenses are paid
Posted: 08 Feb 2018
Closes: 26 Feb 2018
Ref: 00319158
Function: IT & Web Development
Sector: Public Services
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent

Trustee (IT / Web Development / Finance / Accountancy)

Our client is a charity dedicated to improving the choices of people affected by infertility and genetic conditions by advancing public understanding of science, law and ethics in assisted reproduction, genetics and stem cell and embryo research.

Position: Trustees
Location: National
Salary: Non-remunerated posts, but all reasonable expenses are paid

Closing Date: 26 February 2018
Interview date: 13 & 14 of March 2018 in central London

About the role:

They have reached an exciting point in its development. It is at the beginning of a transformation programme thanks to a Sustaining Excellence Award it has received from Wellcome Trust with some interesting new opportunities to consider. Our client is now looking to recruit two Trustees with the vision to help shape the charity's future and make best use of the Award.

They are specifically looking for two Trustees one with expertise in IT and Website Development and one with expertise in Finance and Accountancy. This is a chance for you to contribute your knowledge, expertise, passion and enthusiasm - and gain huge learning and fulfilment in return.

Meetings are held four times per year, twice a year the Board also hold a meeting with our client's Advisory Committee. Some meetings take place during office hours, others in the early evening. Trustees are consulted in advance of setting the dates to ensure that the dates are convenient to the majority. Trustees are able to join meetings via video or telephone conference facilities.

About you:

If you have an interest in the area our client is involved in as well as the experience, commitment, time and enthusiasm to help take their organisation to the next level then please apply.

Interested applicants should send a cv (maximum 2 sides of A4) and a supportive statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the trustee person specification (using examples where possible) plus information about your skills in either IT and Web Development or Finance and Accountancy and your motivation for applying (maximum 1 side of A4).

You may have experience of the following: Trustee, Trustees, Not For Profit, NFP, Director, Board Director, Chair, Chairperson, Charity, Charities, NED, Non-Executive Director, Board Member, CEO, COO, IT, Web Development, Finance, Accountancy, Audit, Auditor, Forecasting, Front End Developer, Back End Developer, Database Administrator, etc.

This vacancy is being advertised by Easy Web Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by Easy Web Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.

non-executive director

Feb 222018
 

Non-Executive Director x 3 - The Tilian Partnership

East of England and North East London | Eye
CEO/ General Management Change Management Corporate Governance Human Resources
Deadline date: 9th March 2018

An award-winning board seeks new non-executive directors to support village primary schools in rural Suffolk. The Tilian Partnership seeks three trustee/non-executive directors with expertise in corporate governance, human resources and change and estates/multi-site operations. Board meetings are held near Eye, Suffolk. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcomed.

About the trust

Formed in 2016 The Tilian Partnership has a track record and expertise in leading and improving rural primary schools. The trust began as a two school partnership and currently comprises of six Church of England Primary Schools (Gislingham, Palgrave, Bardwell, Old Newton, Ixworth and Rougham) and is on track to reach a seventh school. As the trust has successfully built a multi-academy trust from a federation of small schools it has been approved as a sponsor. The trust is now charged with using its expertise to bring other schools to viability, maintaining the strong Suffolk tradition of village schools. The challenges facing the village primary school are great with financial viability a constant concern and the need to ensure outstanding education with fewer resources than those available in urban centres.

Plans for the Future

The trust is growing rapidly and the trust needs to develop and mature the corporate governance and management structure for the new scale of the trust. This context sets three key board challenges over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. The creation of a multi-academy trust structure appropriate to the scale of the trust. The corporate governance model and systems will be refined to focus board attention on strategic issues. This will be supported by a trust-wide management structure with sufficient capacity to execute the growth strategy and integrate the new schools and trust-wide people planning to support rapid improvement in the new schools.
  2. Rapid school improvement in two of the new schools, following their inadequate Ofsted judgements before joining the trust.
  3. Continued financial stewardship in a challenging climate where the small pupil numbers require tight management to ensure long-term viability of the village school model. This will require board oversight and scrutiny as well as considering income streams and fund-raising.

Trust ethos & values

The name Tilian is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "to aspire". Tilian schools have Christian values at heart - evident, in particular, in the schools' emphasis upon good relationships, inclusion, spirituality, and enjoyment, and on each pupil using their individual gifts to the full. As church schools, the trust aims to be a community where all are appreciated and respected, where children are helped to reach their full potential and where they are given a firm foundation for life.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 3

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The non-executive directors of the trust are legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions and performance of academies within the trust. They are responsible for establishing, reviewing and updating vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the executive to account for the educational performance of the trust’s academies; and overseeing the financial and educational performance of the trust. The trustee might also be required to sit on a committee.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • HR
  • Change Management

Desirable

  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring

Person specification

Tilian seeks a non-executive with a background in human resources and change to support the board’s development of the new and larger organisation. Key areas of board attention will include organisational design, developing business management capacity, offering scrutiny and challenge to the human resources systems and structures and resolving differentials across the trust, including within schools joining the trust.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year plus an AGM.

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The non-executive directors of the trust are legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions and performance of academies within the trust. They are responsible for establishing, reviewing and updating vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the executive to account for the educational performance of the trust’s academies; and overseeing the financial and educational performance of the trust. The trustee might also be required to sit on a committee.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Corporate Governance
  • Change Management

Desirable

  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Chair
  • Compliance

Person specification

The trust seeks a non-executive with expertise in corporate governance and experience in working on or with high performing boards in any sector. A good understanding of structural corporate governance would be an advantage including the use of committees as well as soft skills in building board capacity.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year plus an AGM.

Role 3 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The non-executive directors of the trust are legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions and performance of academies within the trust. They are responsible for establishing, reviewing and updating vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the executive to account for the educational performance of the trust’s academies; and overseeing the financial and educational performance of the trust. The trustee might also be required to sit on a committee.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • General Management/CEO

Desirable

  • CFO/Finance
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Risk

Person specification

The trust is also seeking a non-executive with experience of multi-site operations and estates, with a focus on securing value-for-money across the estate and sustainable financial planning. This is a particularly key role given the small size of the schools where efficiencies and cross-trust planning are essential to the long-term viability of the village school.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year plus an AGM.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board Meeting will be held at: Broadfields Road, Gislingham, Eye, IP23 8HX.

For the trust website please see: www.tilian.org.uk

Governance Structure

The board of the founding school won the National Governor’s Award for Outstanding Governing Body in 2013-14. The current Chair, Kit Wells MBE, also won Governor of the Year in 2014. Successful candidates will join a board with existing strengths in education leadership, finance, entrepreneurship, logistics, and customer service. The board welcomes challenge and recognises the need for the new board members to bring robust challenge and change.

Each school has a School Governance Committee (SGC) with delegated powers to support and challenge their school. The SGCs are comprised of one director (or appointed member) who takes the Chair, two elected parents, the Head of School, a staff member and representatives from the community and church.

Please see: https://sites.google.com/a/tilian.org.uk/ti/governors

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 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: Friday 9th March 2018

Interviews: TBC

Feb 212018
 

Non-Executive Director x 5 - Advantage Schools

North West London and South Central England | Bedford
CEO/ General Management Entrepreneur/Founder Growth Management Human Resources Legal/Compliance Non-executive/Trustee Restructuring Risk
Deadline date: 28th February 2018

Advantage Schools is a newly formed trust in Bedford looking for up to five new non-executive directors to support the success and eventual growth of the new trust. Board meetings are held in Bedford.

About the trust

The trust was formed in 2017 to give a choice of educational provision to communities in Bedford and the surrounding area. The trust currently consists of one primary and one secondary school both rated Good by Ofsted and is in the process to open another secondary school in nearby St Neots.

Bedford is an area of significant educational underperformance and the trust believes in raising attainment regardless of background.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To ensure that the performance of its current schools remains rated as Good and improves further, as measured by outcomes and Ofsted grades.
  2. To successfully open the new free school: St Neots Academy.
  3. To establish the correct central services of quality to create the capacity for the trust to grow (rather than looking to grow and then trying to find capacity)

The trust is ambitious to grow to about ten schools in five years. This is not a fixed number, and it will only take on schools that match its vision and ethos, and commit to a knowledge-based curriculum.

Trust ethos & values

Advantage Schools believes in developing honesty, respect and aspiration, underpinned by a knowledge-based curriculum. The trust believes that this should be available to all regardless of attainment of background. The trust's key objective is to run a family of phenomenal schools within which students achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 5

Roles 1-5 – 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.

The competencies required for this role include:

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

  • Non-executive/ Trustee AND
  • HR OR
  • Legal OR
  • Risk Management OR
  • Growth Management OR
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder OR
  • CEO/ General Management OR
  • Restructuring

Desirable

  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Turnaround
  • IT/ Technology

Person specification

  • HR: The trust seeks a candidate who is a strategic thinker with a clear vision for excellence, good communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to confidentiality, tactful and diplomatic with the ability to constructively challenge.
  • Growth management: The trust seeks a non-executive director with exceptional business skills, to join its board and support the trust in delivering improvement, growth and transformation across the schools. Candidates with experience of strong risk management are also welcomed.
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder: The ideal candidate will have a background in managing businesses and creating systems for new organisations.
  • CEO/ General Management: The trust would welcome applicants with experience in trusteeship or management of a complex organisation with multiple sites/subsidiaries and/or general management experience.
  • Restructuring: A professional with experience of managing staffing restructures and issues for financial and operational outcomes, is desired.

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum. Number of board meetings/year

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Bedford Free School, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AD.

www.advantageschools.co.uk

Governance Structure

Click here to view the governance structure.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 72% of secondary schools and 27% 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 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: Wednesday 28 February

Feb 212018
 

Non-Executive Director - Victorious Academies Trust

Lancashire and West Yorkshire | Tameside
Human ResourcesNon-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 9th March 2018

Victorious Academies Trust, based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, is seeking to add significant expertise in the area of Human Resources to its board, as it embarks on an exciting period of growth over the next two years, with an ambition to increase its student numbers by at least 1,000 children per year. Board meetings are held at the trust’s academies which are all currently in Tameside.Victorious Academies Trust, based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, is seeking to add significant expertise in the area of Human Resources to its board, as it embarks on an exciting period of growth over the next two years, with an ambition to increase its student numbers by at least 1,000 children per year. Board meetings are held at the trust’s academies which are all currently in Tameside.

About the trust

Victorious Academies Trust was launched in January 2018, having previously existed as Carillion Academies Trust, established in 2013 and sponsored by Carillion Plc. The plans to formally separate from Carillion were set some time ago and it was coincidental that the difficulties linked to the company came to a head at roughly the same time as the new Trust was launched.

In the previous period, Carillion Academies Trust worked with Tameside Council to develop and open two brand new primary schools in the borough; these schools are newly-established academies and are growing annually as the original children move up to the next year group and a new cohort join at nursery.

The launch of Victorious has included the new name and a new board, both including Members and trustees. The trust was relaunched with the support of the DfE and the Regional Schools Commissioners’ office, based on the development of the two academies and the experience of the Chief Executive Officer; the Chief Executive and the trust central team have transferred to the new trust.

The trust has the ambition to create a sustainable multi-academy trust (MAT), with a cluster of academies based in Tameside – the aspiration is to grow to at least 10 primary schools and 5,000 pupils. In addition, the trust aims to develop a clear network of school-to-school support, with all academies within it being no more than 30 minutes apart. The focus in the initial phase is on ‘good (or better)’ schools in order to establish the trust as a beacon of excellence before it proposes to support other schools.

The trust comprises Inspire Academy, Tameside – a two-form entry primary school that was opened in September 2015, currently with pupils in nursery, reception, and Years 1 and 2; Discovery Academy, Tameside – a one-form entry primary school that was opened in September 2016 and currently with pupils in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. Poplar Street Primary is due to convert and join the trust very shortly and the trust is currently exploring the potential for a further two primary schools in Tameside to join later in the year. The trust is also in early talks with 2-3 others, all within the same area

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Leadership – to ensure high quality leadership and governance at trust board, Local Governing Board (LGB) and academy level, developing a strong fully functional trust board with the required skills, embedding high-quality governance at Local Governing Board level with the right skills and focus and to develop and empower academy leaders.
  2. Business and sustainability – to strengthen the trust quickly, initially by incorporating new academies that are at least ‘Good’, to increase capacity and ensuring measured and systematic growth, developing the structure of the trust and ensuring a strong financial plan.
  3. Outcomes – to secure high quality teaching and learning across the trust, to ensure that pupils at all academies achieve and exceed age-related expectations, to ensure capacity to accelerate progress across all groups of pupils regardless of starting point.

The trust has a key aim to rapidly grow over the next two academic years, encouraging additional primary schools rated as at least ‘Good’ to join the trust (increasing its student roll by up to 1,000 pupils per year) to create a strong platform of excellence from which to support schools performing less well.

Trust ethos & values

The trust has a vision for education that builds pathways for all, focussing on personal progress, academic progress and progress to employment. In addition, the trust promotes lifelong learning, professional development and community involvement.

Victorious Academies Trust aims to remove barriers to achievement and to inspire individuals by setting their learning in the context of their future aspirations.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1

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:

Essential

  • HR
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

Desirable

  • Change Management
  • CFO/ Finance
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

The trust is seeking an experienced professional with demonstrable expertise around HR processes, procedures and with experience in handing change management scenarios, particularly within organisations undertaking significant growth. Expertise in stakeholder engagement and a commitment and vision for high aspirations for children and young people, along with a clear interest in the education landscape is advantageous. The trust is looking for an individual able to demonstrate a creative, engaging and collaborative approach.

Time commitment

4-6 hours per month (on average).

Location of Board Meetings

Meetings are held at the trust’s academies on a rota basis. As others join the current intention is to allow each academy to host Board meetings. All academies are with the Tameside area.

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 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: Friday 9th March 2018

Feb 212018
 

Non-Executive Director x 4, Member x 1 - Wandle Learning Trust

South East England and South London | WANDSWORTH

Branding/Marketing CEO/ General Management Corporate Governance Human Resources Legal/Compliance Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 9th March 2018

Wandle Learning Trust is a newly established academy trust in Wandsworth with plans to expand to bring in two new primary schools in the next eighteen months and to have ten schools in the trust within five years. The trust seeks four new non-executive directors and one member to help guide the trust through this exciting phase of development. Board meetings are held in Balham and Battersea.

About the trust

The Wandle Learning Trust was formed on 1st January 2018 and is a collaboration between two Ofsted Outstanding schools: Chestnut Grove Secondary and Chesterton Primary. These two schools and their leaders have worked together successfully for several years, jointly leading a thriving teaching school. The trust believes that the strong partnership between primary and secondary education brings significant advantages not least in understanding pupil development and learning from starting school to leaving school. The schools serve very diverse communities in Wandsworth and pride themselves in getting the best results for all children.

The Chesterton school community is challenging: it is in the top 20% for social deprivation with a third of this group in the top 10%; 59% of pupils are classed as disadvantaged and 87% of pupils have English as a second language. Historically children at Chesterton have made substantial and sustained progress and the trust is determined to build on this success. Typically, pupils join with very low educational attainment but leave the school having achieved well above national average scores. Last year Chesterton’s scores in national tests for 11 year olds were outstanding, 93% of pupils reached expected (or above) levels in all measured subjects (reading, writing and mathematics) compared to 61% nationally. The progress of all children in reading at 11 years was in the top 10% of schools nationally.

Chestnut Grove’s cohort is also mixed with 28% of pupils classed as disadvantaged and therefore the school is entitled to additional pupil premium funding to support them. However, the national progress 8 measure at 0.8 is above national averages and the progress gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is significantly less that the gap nationally. . Specialisms in art and modern foreign languages provide an essential dimension to the curriculum. The arts are a particular strength of the academy. In 2016 the school won the Accord Inclusivity award for the creative way in which it teaches controversial issues to students and promotes inclusion. Continuous Professional Development for all staff is vital to the academy’s determined drive for improvement and the school’s work has been recognised through the gold mark award from the Institute of Education for excellence in continued professional development. The school is approaching the end of a transformational building programme under the Priority Schools Building Programme. It has maintained high standards of achievement and behaviour despite the challenges, which included not having any outdoor space for almost two years.

As a forward thinking, creative organisation, the Wandle Learning Trust is continually seeking development opportunities and aims to be at the forefront of educational change. It has a strong brand through the Wandle Teaching School that works with a thriving and large community of schools across south London. It has had significant success securing funding for several key national initiatives: the south west London Maths Hub and most recently one of three London centres to lead on developing and supporting early years provision. The trust’s agenda is ambitious and they are currently speaking to heads and governors in more than ten primary schools who may be interested in joining the trust. The plan is to bring in two new primaries in the first eighteen months and to grow to at least ten schools in a five to eight year period. The trust’s long-term ambition is to become the trusted go-to multi-academy trust in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs and within three years to be a beacon of excellence for parents, pupils and the school community.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Clearly establishing the roles of the new executive team including a new role of CFO;
  2. Setting up sound back office, finance and governance structures for the trust;
  3. Producing a clear development strategy for the new trust that includes excellent due diligence systems to ensure the right decisions are made about bringing in new schools.

The trust is determined to ensure that it establishes a strong trust board as soon as possible with a mix of skill sets and professional expertise. Governance at local school level is excellent and its aim is to maintain local governance systems while developing trust wide accountability.

Trust ethos & values

Wandle Learning Trust’s ambition is to:

  1. Create a community of outstanding schools with the highest expectations for all students by building on the outstanding models of the founding schools;
  2. Continue to be a beacon of excellence in supporting the most disadvantaged pupils alongside their peers to achieve the highest academic results;
  3. Lead education innovation and to be at the forefront of teaching methods that have the most impact;
  4. Ensure that the model grows and develops at an ambitious but sustainable speed;
  5. Building on the teaching school experience to continue to invest in staff through providing high quality professional development and the opportunity for growth
  6. Secure accountability based on transparent leadership and governance.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 5

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.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential:

  • HR
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

The trust is keen to appoint a non-executive director with a background in Human Resources, preferably with experience in commercial, education or third sector human resources knowledge and experience to support the trust boards responsibilities as employers.

Time commitment

12 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year.

Role 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.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential:

  • Legal/ Compliance

Person specification

The trusts would welcome applicants with legal experience to support them in ensuring they are fully compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements and reflect best practice in doing so. Legal knowledge of family/education law would be a bonus.

Time commitment

12 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year.

Role 3 – 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.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential:

  • Real estate/ Property

Person specification

This trustee, with estates expertise, will possess relevant qualifications in estates and facilities, with demonstrable evidence of working at a senior level with estates and/or health and safety responsibilities, preferably within a medium-large organisation.

Time commitment

12 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year.

Role 4 – 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.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential:

  • Branding/Marketing

Person specification

A non-executive director with a focus on branding, marketing and PR is required to develop strategic stakeholder, parent and community engagement, raise the profile of the MAT and manage reputational risks.

Time commitment

12 hours /month minimum. 6 board meetings/year.

Role 5 – Member

The trust also seeks a member to join their four existing members and act as oversight for governance across the multi-academy trust. Members are responsible for appointing trustees, according to the trust's articles of association, and can also remove serving trustees where necessary and appropriate. Members should keep themselves informed about how the board is performing and have an awareness of when they may need to exercise their powers to ensure effective governance. The members act as custodians of the trust’s culture and ethos.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance

Person specification

The trust is seeking an individual with an extensive and demonstrable background in corporate governance, possessing strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director, or trustee. The successful candidate will have gravitas and sensitivity to challenge appropriately. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous, but is not a prerequisite.

Time commitment

3 hours /month minimum. 3 member meetings a year plus one governance development evening

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings will be held at: Chestnut Grove Secondary Academy, 45 Chestnut Grove, Balham, London SW12 8JZ and Chesterton Primary Academy, Dagnall St, Battersea, London SW11 5DT.

The trust’s website is currently under construction.

Governance Structure

Please see the governance structure Wandle Learning Trust governance structure Feb 18.pptx.

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 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: 9th March 2018.

Interviews: TBC

Feb 202018
 

Trustee - Imperial Health Charity

London based

An opportunity to join the Board of a major healthcare charity

We are an independent charity raising funds for projects, research, equipment and training at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and The Western Eye hospitals. We’ve awarded more than £12million to 300 healthcare projects to date, and since 2015 committed a further £20million to the hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust over three years for a series of major projects. With assets of c.£90m, IHC is one of the larger healthcare charities, and in the autumn of 2015 committed a further £20million to support major projects with the Trust over the next three years. The Charity is also running several large capital appeals. The Charity manages and exhibits an outstanding collection of more than 2,000 inspirational works of art. In April 2016, the Charity took over the management of the Trust’s volunteers service and the potential redevelopment of the various Trust sites presents exciting opportunities and challenges, with which the Charity will be closely involved.

As a Trustee, you will:

  • Develop the Charity’s strategy and be responsible for fiduciary and financial oversight.
  • Work in conjunction with the other Trustees and the Chief Executive, providing independent advice and counsel
  • Support and challenge with confidence and rigour, ensuring that the Charity delivers its aims and objectives
  • In addition to attending five Board meetings a year you will join the research and the grants committees, each of which meets two/three times a year.

With credibility as a clinician, research scientist or similar, you will be accustomed to working at board or similar level. You will share our passion to help make a positive impact. With an affinity for the Charity and its work and ideally with some experience of charity governance, you will be excited to help shape our plans as the Charity further develops its relationships with the Trust and its work. The role is not remunerated but out of pocket expenses are reclaimable.

For further information please visit www.veredus.co.uk reference 930637 or, for an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultants Annette Sergeant on 020 7932 4393 / annette.sergeant@veredus.co.uk or David Rason on 020 7932 4212 / david.rason@veredus.co.uk

Closing date for applications is Friday 16th March 2018.

IHC Trustee Candidate Information Pack

Feb 192018
 

Chair of Council - Durham University

We are a World Top 100 university, a member of the UK Russell Group and consistently ranked within the top six universities in domestic league tables. We have an impressive research portfolio and excellent teaching standards as well as being a warm collegiate community providing a wider student experience, on a par with the very best institutions worldwide. Our staff, students, colleges, departments, estate and traditions all combine to make this a wonderful place to study, work and live.

This is an exciting time to be involved with the University. Our recently adopted University Strategy 2017-2027, as set out by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, charts a bold vision for the next 10 years that will build on our reputation for excellence and sets out our aims to be world-leading in research and engagement, education and the wider student experience.

Following the successful completion of the final term of office of Robert Gillespie after over 10 years on the Council, we are seeking to recruit another inspirational Chair of Council who will play a pivotal role in helping us to deliver our ambitious University Strategy. The role has overall responsibility for the leadership and effectiveness of the University Council and Trustee Board enabling each member to contribute their skills to benefit the University. As Chair, you will offer strategic insight, critical friend advice/appropriate challenge and support to the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team, promoting the University’s regional, national and international profile whilst ensuring it remains expertly managed and prudently financed. You will provide appropriate/necessary visibility within the University and more broadly externally in an ambassadorial role, leveraging your network of contacts.

Our new Chair of Council will be able to demonstrate effective leadership at Board level with strong chairing skill and non-executive director experience; and the ability to contribute and influence effectively across a complex governance and stakeholder landscape.  A commitment to equality and diversity and the creation of an inclusive environment and a genuine interest and empathy towards the current challenges facing the Higher Education sector and the specific mission and values of Durham University and its wider role both nationally and within the North East, will be required.

With both the country and the sector facing an unusual number of major uncertainties, the successful delivery of the University Strategy is of the utmost importance. The scale of the University’s ambition and the pace and scale of change required to deliver this is significant.  We are fortunate to be able to embark on this journey from a position of strength and success; you will be at the heart of what is a hugely exciting challenge and opportunity.

To apply please submit a CV and short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role, quoting reference number JSWP5651 to cheshire@warrenpartners.co.uk.  Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion please call our advising consultants - Rupert Gibb, Joëlle Warren or Stephanie Clarke - on 0845 261 0600.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 2nd March 2018. 

Warren Partners will conduct preliminary interviews with longlisted candidates in March 2018. The Selection Panel will subsequently convene to decide upon the field of shortlisted candidates. These individuals will be invited to meet with senior stakeholders at the University to discuss the appointment further in mid/late April 2018.

All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to Warren Partners.

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