The Benn Education Centre, Craven Road, Rugby
Voluntary role
13 Oct 2020
30 Nov 2020
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About the role: Directors of a multi academy trust fulfil the role of both Directors under company law and Trustees under charity law. In short, their responsibilities are to work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to:

• ensure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the trust and its pupils and the performance management of staff
• oversee the financial performance of the trust, making sure its money is well spent
• ensure the voices of stakeholders are heard
• ensure compliance.

Directors must monitor the priorities that have been set to ensure progress is being made by:
• measuring the trust’s impact and progress towards its strategic objectives
• ensuring the required policies and procedures are in place and the trust is operating effectively in line with these policies
• holding the senior executive leader to account for standards, financial probity and compliance with agreed policies
• evaluating relevant data and feedback provided by senior executive leaders and external reporting on all aspects of trust performance
• asking challenging questions of the senior executive leaders in order to hold them to account
• ensuring that there are policies and procedures in place to deal with complaints effectively

Contribution to the board:
Directors should ensure that they are making a positive and meaningful contribution to the board by:
• attending meetings (typically 6 full board meetings each year), reading papers and preparing questions for the senior executive leaders in advance
• establishing and maintaining professional relationships with senior executive leaders and colleagues on the board of Directors
• getting to know schools within the trust, including visiting occasionally
• undertaking induction training and developing knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis.

Directors of our trust receive out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of fulfilling their role as Director. Payments can cover incidental expenses, such as travel and dependency care, but not loss of earnings.

Key Requirements

Following a skills audit it has emerged that the Board would benefit from people who can demonstrate the following:

• Experience of Human Resources policy and processes
• Knowledge and experience of the community served by the Trust
• Skills in marketing and promotions
• Knowledge and experience of the law, especially as it relates to education
• Experience of fundraising
• Knowledge and experience of Health and Safety
• Knowledge and experience of property and estate management
• Expertise in school improvement and scrutiny of educational performance (all phases).

As a Christian Multi Academy Trust, Directors are expected to share and display our Christian ethos and values.

Directors would also like to build more diversity into the Board so expressions of interest from minority groups would be welcomed.

Additional Information & How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in this role. If you would like further information please contact Michael Cowland, Chief Executive Officer via He would very much like to meet you. Applications are via the recruitment pack attached.

Closing date: 30 November 

The Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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