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Non-Executive Directors at South Orpington Learning Alliance

Location: Orpington

Date Posted: 01/11/2019

Closing Date:

About the Trust

In autumn 2013 a number of local Headteachers met to discuss how their schools could work more effectively together, building on shared local experiences as well as drawing upon the unique strengths of each school.

Ahead of most Local Authorities the London Borough of Bromley had already announced its aim for all of its schools to become Academies and as the number of Council maintained schools diminished so too did the LA’s capacity to support schools and provide the level of services previously available.

It soon became apparent that in South Orpington the schools were well-placed to formalise their existing partnership in order to strengthen provision as well as provide support for each other, and so the idea to create a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) was born. Two and a half years later, on April 1st 2016, six schools combined under the name of SOLA – the South Orpington Learning Alliance.

The Trust continues to prosper, offering an excellent education to 1,850 children and hosting 350 staff. The schools range in size from 85 to 651 children on roll. All of the academies within the trust are primary phase, of which one is junior only. Two of the schools provide small Provisions, one for severe and complex difficulties and one to support pupils with speech and learning difficulties. The Trust prides itself on seeking opportunities to fully integrate all children and to deliver outstanding education across all of its schools and Provisions.

The percentage of children that receive Free School Meals is generally low and ranges from a maximum of 17.4% to a minimum of 6.5%. The schools across the trust have an average of 8.5% of their children having Special Educational Needs. English as an Additional Language percentages are low.

You should also describe your growth plans here and a brief description of how you will deliver them.

The Trust manages an annual income in excess of £10M and has focused operationally on delivering economies of scale and financial best value from a central staffing structure. The Trust is now looking to draw-down on its experience of driving school improvement to exploit its robust processes by growing in size and stature. The Trust is well-positioned to seek meaningful partnerships with other Trusts.

Roles 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors – are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

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

– CFO/ Finance & Audit or

– Legal or

– Corporate Governance or

– HR & Restructuring

Desirable

– Change & Growth Management

Role 1(Finance): The trust is interested in recruiting an individual with extensive financial management and audit experience within a strategic and leadership role within a business turning over at least £5M. Qualified accountants with an ACA or ACCA qualification are particularly encouraged to apply.

Role 2 (HR): The trust seeks to recruit a candidate with experience of HR management and strategy within a corporate environment. Candidates with restructuring experience are encouraged to apply.

Role 3 (Legal): The trust seeks to recruit a qualified solicitor. Applications from candidates with experience in employment law, property law or general company law would be particularly welcome.

Time commitment

Eight hours per month (minimum).

Job Types: Part-time, Volunteer

Experience:

  • HR/Restructuring: 3 years (Preferred)
  • CFO/Finance: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Legal: 3 years (Preferred)
  • corporate governance: 3 years (Preferred)

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